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.
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.”