Red, white + BOOM! Where to watch fireworks this 4th of July in Birmingham

Vulcan Fireworks
Thunder on the Mountain 2020. (Nathan Watson)

Get ready to don that red, white and blue—it’s almost time for the 4th of July weekend. From firework shows to baseball games, here are some fun ways to spend Independence Day around Birmingham.

1. I Love America Night

I Love America Night
Don’t miss it. (Alabaster, Alabama / Facebook)

Vestavia Hills is doing the 4th of July big this year with an early celebration on Thursday, June 23. During I Love America Night, expect:

  • Free swimming at the new Vestavia Hills Aquatic Complex
  • Sponsor booths
  • Kids’ activities
  • Pops in the Park concert
  • Fireworks

FREE Shuttle Rides will be available from 5:30-9:30PM at these locations:

  • Dunkin
  • (former) Sprouts Market
  • Vestavia HIlls City Hall
  • Vestavia Hills Library
  • WalMart Neighborhood Market

When: Thursday, Jun 23 | 6-9PM
Where: Wald Park, 1973 Merryvale Road Vestavia Hills AL 35216

2. Fourth of July Weekend Paint and Sip

Get artsy during the Fourth of July Weekend Paint and Sip. The theme is “Fourth of July”, so be sure to wear red, white and blue to match your paints.

Limited seating—RSVP.

When: Saturday, July 2 | 1PM
Where: Birmingham District Brewing Co, 2201 2nd Ave S, #102, Birmingham, AL 35233
Cost: $25+ (includes first drink and paint supplies)

3. Fireworks Show 2022 hosted by the City of Alabaster

Fire on the Water
Don’t miss Fire on the Water, July 3. (Oak Mountain State Park / Facebook)

The City of Alabaster hosts a don’t-miss fireworks show on Saturday, July 2 at Thompson High School.

Viewing areas include:

  • All parking areas on school property
  • Open meadow areas in front of school

When: Saturday, July 2 | 9PM
Where: Thompson High School, 1921 Warrior Pkwy, Alabaster, AL 35007
Cost: Free admission

4. Fire on the Water

Food vendors, swimming, music AND FIREWORKS all on the water at Oak Mountain State Park? Fire on the Water sounds like the perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July.

When: Sunday, July 3 | 5-9PM
Where: Oak Mountain State Park
Cost: General park admission fees

5. Birmingham Track Club’s Peavine Falls Run

Birmingham Track Club
Can you handle this much fun running with Birmingham Track Club? (Birmingham Track Club / Facebook)

Join Central Alabama’s 4th of July tradition by participating in the 41st annual Peavine Falls Run. Hosted by the Birmingham Track Club (BTC), join 600 of your closest friends for a great race on a run course at Oak Mountain State Park. 

When: Monday, July 4 | 7AM
Where: Oak Mountain State Park, 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124
Cost: $30 | $35 after July 2
Register: Deadline – June 17

6. 4th @ Forge

Spend the evening of Monday, July 4 raising awareness for the Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center during the 4th @ Forge event. This laid-back event features food, fun and a front-row seat to Thunder on the Mountain—Vulcan Park and Museum’s annual firework show. *Be sure to bring a lawn chair to sit and enjoy the show.

When: Monday, July 4 | Event – 7PM | Fireworks – 9PM
Where: 1321 19th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Cost: $15-$45

7. Independence Day 1776

American Village
Fire in the sky. (American Village / Facebook)

Go back in time to Independence Day 1776 during this annual event at American Village in Montevallo. Here’s what to expect:

  • 40+ patriotic activities like music and dance, games + encounters with patriots of the past
  • The Battle at Concord Bridge
  • Fireworks show
  • Food trucks

When: Monday, July 4 | Gates open – 11AM | Festivities begin – Noon | Fireworks – 9PM
Where: The American Village, 3727 Highway 119 S, Montevallo, AL 35115
Cost: $5 admission | Veterans, active military + kids ages 4 and under – Free

8. Birmingham Barons vs. Tennessee Smokies

Don’t miss the Birmingham Barons play against the Tennessee Smokies this 4th of July. Along with hot dogs, beer and baseball, there will also be a fireworks show after the game.

When: Monday, July 4 | 5:30-9:30PM
Where: Regions Field, 1401 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Cost: $10-$20

9. Trussville Freedom Celebration

Trussville Freedom Celebration
Fireworks light up Trussville on the 4th of July. (Trussville Freedom Celebration / Facebook)

The Trussville Freedom Celebration is a top event each July 4—perfect for families and friends to celebrate the day outdoors together. Here’s a look at the schedule:

  • 5:30PM: Food vendors open
  • 6PM: DJ Platinum performs
  • 7:30PM: Acts of Congress performs
  • 9PM: Fireworks

When: Monday, July 4 | 5:30-9:30PM
Where: Trussville Mall, 360 N Chalkville Rd, Trussville, AL 35173
Cost: Free admission

10. Thunder on the Mountain

4th of July
Thunder on the Mountain at Vulcan in 2020. (Nathan Watson for Bham Now)

It wouldn’t be a true 4th of July without Thunder on the Mountain. This annual and beloved firework show above Vulcan features over 2500 shells and effects that will brighten the sky. The show also includes music from an array of artists with songs expertly timed and choreographed to the firework display.

To view the show:

  1. Find a viewing spot in downtown Birmingham or Homewood
  2. Tune in to WBRC Fox 6 for the live stream.

When: Monday, July 4 | 9-9:30PM
Where: Vulcan Park & Museum
Cost: Free

How will you be celebrating the 4th of July? Let us know-tag @bhamnow on social.

Patience Itson
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