Celebrate Vulcan’s 114th Birthday and take a piece of Birmingham home with you on Sunday June 3

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The Anvil inside the Vulcan Center. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Everybody loves a birthday party, but how many opportunities do you have to celebrate Vulcan’s 114th birthday and then take a little Birmingham home with you?

This Sunday, June 3, at Vulcan Park and Museum, the Magic City will be celebrating Vulcan’s 114th Birthday Bash with a children’s fun run, performance by Birmingham Children’s Theatre, displays by over 42 exhibitors and vendors onsite and ice cream and cookies with Mayor Randall Woodfin and city dignitaries.

“Birmingham families look forward to Vulcan’s Big Birthday Bash every year!” said Darlene Negrotto, President and CEO of Vulcan Park Foundation. “With the addition of the new Kiwanis Centennial Park and the Kiwanis Vulcan Trail we’ve added a Boost Kid’s fun run to the event this year. We hope everyone joins in the fun to help Vulcan blow out his candles!”

Revealed at the St. Louis World Fair, Vulcan was dedicated on June 7, 1904.

Taking a little bit of Birmingham home with you

Along with the Birthday Bash, celebrate Vulcan by visiting the Vulcan Park and Museum gift shop. One of Birmingham’s best kept secrets, “The Anvil” has on display one of the most diverse inventory of Birmingham and Alabama locally made and produced specialty items. It is a local makers paradise.

“We want people to have fun at the park, but we want them take a little bit of Vulcan, Birmingham or Alabama home with them, stated LaShana Sorrell, Director of Marketing at the Vulcan Park and Museum.

This week, new work from Birmingham glass artist Amy Soverow arrived at The Anvil.

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New work by glass artist Amy Soverow at The Anvil. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Her work is joined by all sorts of books about Alabama and Birmingham. There is a selection of local clothing produced by Alabama Dirt Shirt, Yellowhammer, Olive and Ivy AL, Alabama Original and Aviate.

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Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Other items include candy from the Birmingham Candy Company, hand balms, lotions, candles, sauces, children’s books, and prints and post cards from local artists.

Birmingham and Alabama Books at The Anvil in the Vulcan Center. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.
Get ready to party

Vulcan’s 114th Birthday only occurs once! Celebrate the big guy and our great city – and take a little bit of Birmingham home with you.

Here is the schedule and list of events and admission details

12:30-1:30pm – Boost Kids Fun Run, Kiwanis Vulcan Trail
1:30 pm – Paver Unveiling – ARC Realty
2:00 pm – Chance Hallmark with America’s First Federal Credit Union introduces Mayor Randall Woodfin and City Council President Valerie Abbott who will lead the Happy Birthday song.
2:15 – Ice cream & Cookies served while supplies last
2:30 pm – Performance of Jack and the Beanstalk by Birmingham Children’s Theatre

Birmingham, Alabama, Vulcan Park and Museum, Vulcan's 114th Birthday Bash, V-Mascot
Photo courtesy of Vulcan Park and Museum

Special Activities: Chalk art by Sonia Summers at the Kiwanis Centennial Park Plaza and Tim Hollis will sign his books about Birmingham in the Vulcan Center.

Vulcan’s Birthday Bash is presented by America’s First Federal Credit Union with additional support from, Coca-Cola, ARC Realty, Boost Kids Occupational Therapy and Yoga, Top Golf, Main Street Family Urgent Care and Kid’s Urgent Care, GameStop, Mountain High Outfitters, La Jefa, Piggly Wiggly, Bud’s Best Cookies, Birmingham Parent Magazine, Alabama Family Connections, Way FM and Birmingham Mom’s Blog. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for kids and Vulcan Park and Museum members and children under four get in free.

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.