While so many events, plans, parties, and graduations have been cancelled due to COVID-19, there’s one annual event that I’m happy to report is not cancelled! Vulcan Park & Museum will once again light up the sky atop Red Mountain with its traditional fireworks show, Thunder on the Mountain 2020.
My favorite Fourth of July memories growing up in the Magic City always included watching Vulcan’s fireworks show with family and friends. Over the years, we tried out various viewing spots: Homewood’s Central Park, Shades Crest in Vestavia, my parents’ front yard, a parking lot near English Village, and even sitting atop a parking deck near Brookwood Hospital. No matter where we watched it, it felt like home! Fourth of July just wouldn’t be the same without Vulcan’s impressive show.
Symbol of Hope and Unity
Our current time in history is a difficult time for everyone, no doubt. When many are hurting and struggling, Vulcan stands as a representation of each of us in Birmingham. The beloved statue inspires us to respect our uniqueness as individuals and our strength as a unified community.
Family, Community, and Freedom
Jason Eppenger, chair of the Vulcan Park Foundation Board of Directors, believes that uncertain times provide the opportunity to persevere and reflect on the important things: family, community, and freedom.
“We have faced many adversities this year and invite all to join Vulcan, the longstanding symbol of our community, to celebrate our resilience, potential, and pride.” Eppenger said. “There is no better way to recognize the individuals who have put themselves at risk, not only for our liberties, but also for our health and safety during the pandemic.”
This year’s show is dedicated in honor of those who have fought for our country’s independence as well as for essential workers who have worked to keep us safe and healthy.
What Can We Expect This Year?
Vulcan Park & Museum has a committee creating a unique musical soundtrack featuring a wide variety of artists such as Beyoncé, Chicago, Lionel Richie, Imagine Dragons, and Kenney Chesney. They’ve teamed up with Pyro Shows of Alabama who will expertly time and choreograph the 20 minute colorful firework display.
There will also be a photo contest for all to submit via Vulcan Park’s webpage. Three lucky winners who will receive a prize pack. Be sure to check out visivulcan.com for more details in the coming weeks.
Stay Socially Distant and Safe
Because the fireworks can be seen from miles around, viewers should be able to maintain safe distances from others. You can also catch the show live on WBRC Fox 6 at 9:00 p.m.
Here’s to the best Thunder on the Mountain yet!