Where to see fireworks in the Birmingham area for 4th of July

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Vulcan Fireworks
Thunder on the Mountain 2020. Photo via Nathan Watson

With the Fourth of July landing this year on a Sunday, residents in and around Birmingham will have several opportunities to see fireworks.

There are plenty of choices, let’s get started!

Friday, July 2nd – Start early

Fireworks prepared for the Fourth of July Alabama Bicentennial Fireworks Show in 2019 at Vulcan Park and Museum. Photo by Bham Now

All-American Blast – Leeds

Summer nights are made for watching movies outside, so why not throw-in some fireworks?. The good folks at the Grand River Drive-In and The Backyard in Leeds are beginning the 4th early with the all-day All-American Blast on Friday, July 2. The event starts at noon and 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
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City of Hoover Fireworks Show – Honors America

One of the best places to watch a fireworks show the Friday BEFORE the Fourth is out in Hoover. Drive on over to the Met Stadium parking lot to view the display. You’ll be able to tune into 87.9FM to hear music from your car while viewing the show.

  • When: Friday, July 2, 9PM
  • Where: 5508 Stadium Trace Pkwy, Hoover, AL 35244
  • Price: Free
  • Website

2021 Fireworks Show – hosted by City of Alabaster

Not to be outdone by its neighbor Hoover, the city of Alabaster is also holding a fireworks display at Thompson High School. There will be some “pre-fireworks” activities and food trucks – including one of our favorites Chubbfathers.

  • When: Friday, July 2, 6PM-9PM
  • Where: Thompson High School located at 1921 Warrior Parkway
  • Price: Free
  • Website

Saturday, July 3rd 

ChelseaFest and the Big KaBoom

ChelseaFest and the Big KaBoom is Chelsea’s city-wide annual 4th of July celebration.  This is one of the premiere events for the city of Chelsea.  ChelseaFest and the Big KaBoom features great music on the main stage, food from many different food trucks and, of course, one of the largest fireworks shows in Alabama!

  • When: Saturday, July 3, 5PM-9PM
  • Where: In Chelsea – behind the Dairy Queen
  • Price: Free
  • Website

Thunder on the Mountain at Vulcan Park – Birmingham

Thunder on the Mountain Vulcan Fourth of July Birmingham AL
Photo via Vulcan Park Museum

This year’s Thunder on the Mountain at Vulcan Park” launches” Birmingham’s 150th birthday celebration. The biggest show in the state of Alabama, you can see the 20 minute show on both sides of Red Mountain, but make sure to stake out your spot early.  I’ve watched for years over at UAB. 

Hot tip: Tune into any Birmingham iHeartRadio station to listen to the music that goes along with the show. If you are using a portable radio make sure the batteries are fully charged.

Trussville Freedom Celebration

This year’s Trussville Freedom Celebration begins at 5:30pm, with the opening of the food vendors area. One thing you don’t want to miss is the entertainment – music by Birmingham favorite Act of Congress

Here is a partial list of the food trucks.

The event wraps up at 9PM with fireworks. Expect a great show!

  • When: Sunday, July 4, 5:30PM-9PM
  • Where: 301 Parkway Dr, Trussville, AL 35173 (Trussville Mall)
  • Price: Free
  • Website 

Birmingham Barons Regions Field

Regions Field, fireworks, Birmingham Barons
Fireworks at Region’s Field. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

This year, because they are home over Independence Day weekend, the Birmingham Barons will have three fireworks displays after the ball games. The team is also holding special activities saluting the Negro Leagues and Essential Workers.

  • Where: 1401 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Date: Friday through Sunday – July 2-4. The Friday game begins at 7:05PM, while the Saturday and Sunday games 6:30PM
  • Price: Ticket prices
  • Website

Are there more fireworks shows happening this year around Birmingham? Let us know who we missed on social @bhamnow.

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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.
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