Need 4th of July plans? We’ve got 9 ways to celebrate + a giveaway


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Spend your Fourth of July with friends. Photo via Cahaba Brewing

Anyone else a little shocked that the Fourth of July is already here? Same. So if you’re looking for ways to celebrate, we’ve got you covered with nine fun ideas, from fireworks shows to lakeside fun.

Win our Fourth of July prize package

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Have a blast at The Backyard’s All-American Blast. Photo via Bham Now

You know what makes the Fourth of July even more fun? Winning some cool prizes to help you celebrate the long weekend. Bham Now partnered with local brands to help you get your Independence Day party underway. See what’s up for grabs:

  • Piggly Wiggly
    • Win a $100 gift card to Piggly Wiggly for all the wine and Certified Angus Beef you need for the perfect cookout.
  • Cahaba Brewing Company
    • Win a $150 gift card to Cahaba Brewing Co., along with some fun new summer merch to kick off your Independence Day weekend.
  • Grand River Drive-In and The Backyard
    • Win two tickets to the All-American Blast, plus a swag bag with gear from The Neighbors and Saws at The Backyard.

As always, find us on Instagram @BhamNow to enter to win! To win, follow us (@BhamNow), Piggly Wiggly (@thepigbham) Cahaba Brewing (@cahababrewingco) and Grand River Drive-In (@grandriverdrivein) and tag your friends.

1. A wine + steak dinner

This Fourth of July, elevate your traditional cookout with a USDA Certified Angus Beef steak or a Snake River Farms Wagyu Brisket from Piggly Wiggly. For a more divine experience, pair it with a bottle of personally-recommended wine. Piggly Wiggly has 12 wine experts across six stores in the Birmingham area, so you’ll always find someone to help you pick something amazing. Cheers, Bham!

2. Sip your favorite brew

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Enjoy a weekend on the water with a 12-pack of Cahaba Blonde. Photo via Cahaba Brewing

Another excellent Fourth of July tradition? Grabbing a 12-pack of Cahaba Blonde to enjoy while doing any number of activities, from lakeside lounging and barbecues to just hanging out.

With its light and refreshing taste, the Cahaba Blonde from Cahaba Brewing Company is the beer of the summer. The 12-pack is the perfect companion for your Independence Day adventure. Plus, the handle makes this pack easy to carry from the river to the pool to the grill.

3. Watch a movie and join the party

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Welcome to The Backyard in Leeds. Photo via Bham Now

Summer nights are made for watching movies outside. That’s why this Fourth of July weekend, the Grand River Drive-In and The Backyard in Leeds is the place to be. Their All-American Blast event on Friday, July 2 will feature live music, movies, fireworks and more. Plus with kids activities, it’s fun for the whole family.

  • When: Friday, July 2, 12-11PM
  • Where: 6200 Grand River Drive Blvd. East Suite 510, Leeds, AL 35094
  • Price: $10-15 per ticket
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram

4. Get a locally-made flag

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Get a Birmingham-made US flag. Photo via American Flag Company’s Facebook

Show off your patriotism with a Birmingham-made American flag this Fourth of July. Check out American Flag Company, based right here in The Magic City, for a locally-made American flag. You can find them in a variety of sizes and fabrics to hang off a porch, balcony or other outdoor space.

5. Catch a fireworks show

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What a show! Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum

Birmingham’s favorite fireworks show, the annual Thunder on the Mountain at Vulcan Park is breathtaking to watch. This year’s event will also celebrate Birmingham’s 150th birthday, so it’s a two-for-one party! Find a spot within viewing distance of Red Mountain (personally, I park at a gas station in Homewood) to see the show, and tune into any Birmingham iHeartRadio station to listen.

6. Enjoy America’s favorite pastime

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Watch the Barons this Fourth of July. Photo via Birmingham Barons’ Facebook

Celebrate this Fourth of July with America’s favorite pastime: baseball. Catch the Birmingham Barons facing off against the Chattanooga Lookouts at Regions Field on July 4. With fireworks, classic ballpark food and, of course, a great game, you’re guaranteed a good time

7. Hit the trails

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Get your exercise in and enjoy the views of Oak Mountain State Park. Photo via Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Early bird? This Fourth of July, the Birmingham Track Club has its own kind of party going on at Oak Mountain State Park: the annual Peavine Falls Run. Settle in for an eight-ish mile run through the park to celebrate the Fourth.

  • When: Sunday, July 4, 6:30AM
  • Where: 200 Terrace Dr., Pelham, AL 35124
  • Sign up.

8. Get out on the water

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Rent a boat this year for an extra-special Fourth of July. Photo via Bham Now

Don’t have a boat? You can still enjoy Birmingham’s nearby waterways this Fourth of July by renting boats and kayaks. To help you find a nearby boat rental, check out GetMyBoat, a new app that is the “Airbnb of boats.” Search for your boating destination, like Lake Martin, and see all available boat rentals.

9. Join a barbecue

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Who doesn’t want a good barbecue during the Fourth of July? Photo via 1918 Catering

The Magic City Smoke and Boil, hosted by 1918 Catering, is at it again for another summertime food event. This year’s Barbecue and View will feature a beer garden, live music and, most importantly, tons of food trucks with a wide variety of cuisines to try.

Bonus, from the event, you will be able to watch Vulcan Park’s fireworks show.

  • When: Sunday, July 4, 4PM
  • Where: 197 Vulcan Road, Birmingham, AL 35209
  • Price: Free admission
  • Website

No matter what kind of event or activity you’re seeking this Fourth of July, you’re sure to find it in Birmingham. For a full list of upcoming events for this summer and beyond, check out our calendar at Bham Now.

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