11 Magic City events perfect for celebrating July 4

If you’re looking for some rockets with red glare, you’ve got plenty of great events to choose from around metro Birmingham. We have 11 of them right here for you, so start planning, because some of them are as early as this weekend!

Bessemer July 4 Celebration

What: Free public festival with food vendors, kids’ activities, fireworks, and more.

Where: Bessemer City High School, 4950 Premiere Parkway, Bessemer AL 35020 map

When: July 4, 6:30-9pm; fireworks begin at 8:45.

More: Bring chairs, blankets, and the whole family


Chelsea Fest and The Big Kaboom

What: Free family event featuring music, food vendors, and fireworks in the heart of Chelsea

Where: 100 Chelsea Corners Way, Chelsea AL 35043 map

When: June 29, 5-9pm

More: Bring lawn chairs and a blanket and enjoy live music, headlined by Trotline, a kids’ play area, and plenty of food vendors on site


Fire on the Water

What: Day of fun capped off by fireworks at Alabama’s largest state park

Where: Oak Mountain State Park, 200 Terrace Drive, Pelham AL 35124 map

When: July 3; fireworks at 9pm

More: Bring your tent, chairs, and towels and enjoy a day of fun; food and other vendors will be on site.


Homewood 4th of July Festival

What: Rides, games, and fun in one of the best spots for “Thunder on the Mountain” fireworks

Where: Two blocks of 18th Street South & One block of 29th Ave South in downtown Homewood map

When: July 4, 5-9pm. Festivities end with beginning of “Thunder on the Mountain” fireworks

More: Admission is free, but to ride and play on attractions a $10 wristband must be purchased on site. A DJ will be on site playing music as well.


Liberty Day

What: 2-day event in downtown Columbiana with street vendors, food, activities, and more.

Where: Downtown Columbiana, 100 North Main Street, Columbiana AL 35051 map

When: June 28-29, with fireworks on the evening of June 29

More: Parking available at Shelby County Courthouse and surrounding government buildings.


I Love America Day

What: Free community celebration featuring music, kids’ activities, and fireworks at dusk

Where: Vestavia Hills High School, 2235 Lime Rock Road, Vestavia Hills AL 35216 map

When: June 27, 6-9pm; kids’ area open 6-8pm; Pops in the Park concert by Shades Mountain Baptist Orchestra, 7pm


Independence Day 1776

What: Re-enactments of revolutionary events, colonial games, kids’ activities, a salute to US veterans, patriotic music, and fireworks

Where: The American Village, 3727 Highway 119, Montevallo AL 35115 map

When: July 4, gates open at 11am, Independence Day activities start at 7:30pm, fireworks at dusk.

More: Admission is $5 per person, but children 4 and under, military veterans, and active military personnel may enter free of charge.


Music and Fireworks in the Vineyard

What: Live music by country music star Glen Templeton, wine tastings, winery tours, BBQ, and fireworks

Where: Morgan Creek Winery, 181 Morgan Creek Lane, Harpersville AL 35078 map

When: July 4, 5-9:30pm

More: Arrive early with a blanket to pick out a spot by the vineyard. Reserved tables available for $50 that seat 8 people and include chairs and tablecloth, or $30 for a table for 4. Admission at the gate is $20 per person, and $5 for those 12 and under.


Thunder on the Mountain

What: One of Birmingham’s largest and longest-running July 4 fireworks shows. Rain or shine, a 20-minute display of fireworks will light up the sky above Vulcan atop Red Mountain.

Where: Fireworks launched from Vulcan Park, which is closed at 6pm for safety reasons. Viewing areas all around downtown Birmingham, Homewood, Southside, Forest Park and other areas.

When: July 4, 9pm

More: Tune in to 103.7FM, 102.5FM, 96.5FM, or 98.3FM for music choreographed to the fireworks.


Trussville Freedom Celebration

What: Free family event hosted by First Baptist Church with music, food, kids’ activities, and fireworks

Where: First Baptist Church, 128 North Chalkville Road, Trussville AL 35173 map

When: July 4, 5:30-9pm. Food vendors open at 5:30; rides and local music at 6; Deputy 5 concert at 7; Act of Congress concert at 8; fireworks at 9.

More: Parking available in surrounding neighborhood; patrons are allowed to bring their own food; alcohol free event; rain or shine, but in event of torrential downpour of lightning, event will be canceled.


UAB Summer Band Concert

What: A free concert by a UAB concert band consisting of students, faculty, and alumni playing patriotic tunes.

Where: Bartow Arena, 617 13th Street South, Birmingham AL 35233 map

When: July 4, 7-8pm

More: Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic food. Also, bring money to enter a raffle to be the guest conductor for “Stars and Stripes Forever.”