Your guide to July 4 in Birmingham, including fireworks shows

Birmingham, Fourth of July, July 4
Red, white and blue. Photo by Andrew Calhoun via Unsplash

It’s Fourth of July Weekend, which means you’re busy looking for things to do around Birmingham. While keeping social distancing in mind, here are all the details. *Fireworks shows included!*

Enter to win!

Two minutes could score you BIG prizes when you take Bham Now’s survey and enter to win cool prizes valued up to $500. Who can resist gift cards to hot spots like Dave N’ Busters and Milos, after all. The deadline to participate is July 10. Enter now

Zip, Flash, Sparkle

Birmingham, Vulcan Park and Museum, fireworks, Thunder on the Mountain
What a show! Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum

It’s hard to imagine a Fourth of July without fireworks. Here’s where to view them around the greater Birmingham area. 

A Petite Celebration

Happy woof of July! Photo by Camylla Battani on Unsplash

With all the changes that have take place lately, you may be wondering how to celebrate the July 4th weekend. Well, wonder no more! We have 7 terrific ideas for those observing the holiday from home this year. And yes, it DOES include pie.

Lake Life, Best Life

Birmingham, Smith Lake
Gorgeous scenery at Lewis Smith Lake. Photo via Smith Lake Alabama’s Facebook page

Fourth of July Weekend is the perfect time for a lake escape. So grab your quaranteam and head to one of these beautiful lakes within easy driving distance from Birmingham. 

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha

Birmingham, COVID test, COVID-19
COVID testing. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Or in 2020—COVID, COVID, COVID. If you’ve wondered what it’s like to be tested for the virus, we have some answers. Bham Now Team member Sharron Swain recently underwent the testing process. Here’s her story.

Recruitment, Retention and Advancement

Diversity and inclusion leaders are an essential part of the workplace. But how do these roles benefit and improve Birmingham’s business community? We walk you through it here

Do you have any change?

Birmingham’s new ParkMobile decal on the meter. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Random fact: I absolutely adore coin purses. So why don’t I own any? Because the concept is ridiculous. Nobody carries coins around anymore. There’s not even a coin emoji. I know because I just looked for one to include in this blurb. This being said, there is some great news for cars and the people who park them across Birmingham—4,000 parking meters now accept payment via the ParkMobileAppFull story

Voting roundup 

We all know the importance of voting, but do you know how, where and when? Find out all the must-knows in our guide to voting in Jefferson County.

A Sparkler of a Deal

Now THAT’S a burger. Photo via Unsplash

No matter how you celebrate the holiday weekend, be sure to fill it with food and drinks from local Birmingham businesses. These 5 are guaranteed to produce a party in your mouth. 

Discover deals and more in our Small Business Guide. And don’t forget to sign up your business or non-profit organization. It’s free!

Weekend Entertainment

Before you head out, remember those social distancing rules and a mask, of course.

Thursday-Friday, July 2-3

Jourdan Truth Presents “Painted Faces” @ Filter-Coffee Parlor. 7AM-2:30PM. FREE.

Birmingham Barons Independence Celebration @ Regions Field. Times & Prices Vary. Tickets.


Friday-Sunday, July 3-5

Fourth of July Weekend @ The Birmingham Zoo. Thursday-Saturday, 9AM-5PM. FREE Admission for veterans, active + retired military + their dependents. General Admission for non-military visitors. Tickets.

July 4th Weekend @ Tin Roof. 11AM-Midnight.


Thursday, July 2

Farmers to Families: Food Box Pick Up @ Levite JCC of Birmingham. 11AM-1PM. FREE.

Manic Comedy Open Mic @ SideBar. 8-10:30PM. 

The Alabama Jubilee @ Brennan’s Irish Pub. 7-9PM. 

Throwback Thursday Party @ Tin Roof. 9PM-Midnight.

Ferus (Virtual) Happy Hour @ Ferus Artisan Ales (Trussville). 6-7PM. FREE. 


Friday, July 3

Kin Euphorics Spritz Giveaway @ LeNell’s Beverage Boutique. 5:30-7:30PM. FREE.

Grand Opening of Panoptic Food Truck @ The Avondale Gallery & Loft. Noon-3PM.

Funny Free Fridays @ Good People Brewing Co. 9-10:30PM. FREE.

Zach Austin and Friends @ Dave’s Pub. 10PM.

Tim Thurman Band @ Tin Roof. 10PM-2AM. FREE. 


Saturday, July 4

The Market at Pepper Place (Curbside Pickup + Walk Through) @ Pepper Place. 9AM-Noon. FREE. 

Freedom Celebration @ Trussville Mall. 6:30-9PM. FREE.

Thunder on the Mountain @ Vulcan Park & Museum. 9-10PM. FREE.

4th of July Rooftop Watch Party @ The Southern Kitchen & Bar. 5PM-1AM. 

Magic City Market Place 4th of July @ Vulcan Park & Museum. 11AM-4PM. 

1st Saturday Serve July @ Lynn Park. 9AM. FREE.

July 4th with Frank and Friends @ Dave’s Pub. 10PM. 

2nd Annual Concours de Competition @ Barber Motorsports Park. 7AM-8PM. 


Sunday, July 5

ProtestOfArt for BlackLivesMatter @ Avondale Park. 3-5PM. FREE.


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