Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and of course – fireworks! While last year most firework shows and celebrations had to be called off due to the pandemic, this year, some celebrations are able to return. Read on to see what’s happening around Birmingham this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.
Thunder on the Mountain 2021
Birmingham’s traditional fireworks celebration returns this year on July 4th, at 9 pm! The Thunder on the Mountain show features spectacular fireworks atop Red Mountain, behind the city’s Vulcan statue. The firework show will be choreographed to popular and patriotic music. Make a day of it by visiting the Vulcan Park and Museum to learn more about the city’s roots in the iron industry.
Oak Mountain State Park
A laid-back day picnicking with family and friends is one of the best ways to spend the Fourth of July, and if you’re looking for a public park to enjoy, check out Oak Mountain State Park. Located just 20 miles south of Birmingham, this huge park (Alabama’s largest state park) covers almost 10,000 acres! Here you’ll find plenty of picnic tables and shady areas to spread a picnic blanket, as well as plenty of other activities the whole family can enjoy. For active families, there are 50 miles of hiking trails – including trails to the stunning waterfall, Peavine Falls. The park also has two sandy beaches where you can cool off in the lake! Other fun activities include visiting the Alabama Wildlife Center and treetop nature trail, trying BMX biking, fishing, and geocaching. If you’re athletic, there will also be a run taking place at the park on July 4 that you can sign up for.
About 45 minutes from Birmingham in Brookwood Alabama, there will be a Car Show and Fourth of July Celebration fundraiser taking place. The event takes place on July 3rd at 3 pm and lasts until dark, at about 9 pm. Kids can enjoy activities like a bounce house and face painting, and there will also be vendors, a bake sale, and hot dogs and hamburgers to enjoy. Live music will be provided for entertainment, so bring a lawn chair. It all caps off with a firework show around 9 pm.
Cooling off in the pool is the perfect way to spend a sweltering Fourth of July, and Birmingham conveniently has plenty of public pools where you can easily do that! City pool hours are 12 to 6 pm and admission is only one dollar. While they’ve not yet announced if the pools will be opening as scheduled on Memorial Day this year (Birmingham pools were closed last summer due to the pandemic), you’ll want to bookmark this one in case they do!
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