13 places to watch fireworks and celebrate Independence Day around the Magic City beginning July 1

Snyder family watching fireworks at Birmingham Barons Friday night game.

For many, Independence Day starts today, July 1st. Looking for a place to get your fireworks fix? Try tonight at Oak Mountain State Park or  Ross Bridge.

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A life-changing organization. Be a part of United Ability’s Journey of Hope Gala

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Left to right: Mark Cohen, Cedric Scott and Charles Hood. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

It was a typical assignment. Interview Dr. Mark Cohen, this year’s honoree at United Ability’s Journey of Hope gala slated for August 4th at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center.

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La-Z-Boy’s free ‘In Home Design Service’ can be a life changing experience

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Todd Addison looking at samples from La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries. Photo by Bham Now.

Todd Addison knows more than anyone how important service is for a business. As the franchise owner of the Golden Corral in Hoover, he knows it is the key to his restaurant’s success.

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10 places to celebrate the July 4th holiday in and around the Magic City

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Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum Facebook page

Happy 242th Birthday America!!  Bham Now has compiled our top 10 list of 4th of July celebrations in and around the Magic City. This year, with the 4th landing on a Wednesday,  some communities are celebrating our nation’s founding  a week in advance.

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National Weather Service Birmingham issues heat advisory and helpful tips for this week

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The National Weather Service (NWS) Birmingham Office has issued a Heat Advisory for today. The Service predicts temperatures will hover between 92-95 degrees and heat indices will reach or exceed 105 degrees for many locations in Central Alabama this afternoon till Friday.

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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, the crown jewel of Alabama’s Forever Wild Program needs your help

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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Photo from the Southern Environmental Center.

Located just 15 miles outside the Birmingham city limits, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve in Pinson is widely regarded as the crown jewel of Alabama’s Forever Wild program.

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ULI Alabama meeting sparks conversations about Atlanta, Birmingham and their futures

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Atlanta’s Tim Keane (far right) speaks to the ULI Alabama meeting at UAB. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Last week, the Urban Land Institute of Alabama (ULI Alabama) held its quarterly meeting at UAB. The keynote speaker, Tim Keane, Atlanta’s Commissioner of Planning, sparked a healthy conversation among Birmingham’s urban design and economic development communities about aspiring to be what Martin Luther King, Jr. called a “beloved community.”

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Surprise! Birmingham ranked 4th nationally in TV viewership on the opening day of the World Cup.

American Outlaws at the U.S. v Haiti Women’s Friendly at Legion Field. Photo by Pat Byington.

According to the Washington Post, the Birmingham metro media market ranked 4th nationally in TV viewership for the opening World Cup game between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

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United Way of Central Alabama ranks 4th nationally with most consecutive top 4-star ratings at Charity Navigator

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Meals on Wheels is one of United Way of Central Alabama’s programs. Photo courtesy of United Way of Central Alabama

United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) has earned its 16th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. As a result of this year’s rating, UWCA moved up to fourth place on Charity Navigator’s Top 10 list of charities with the most 4-star ratings.

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