Each year thousands of patriotic Americans gather in the spirit of our nation’s independence to wonder at the spectacle of mammoth fireworks shows. We, as Alabamians, also hold that tradition dearly. Stretching from the North to the South, fireworks extravaganzas have found homes in most all cities across the state. To find the best location honor our nation and gaze into the sky, first you need to know where the fireworks and festivities are going to be. We’ve gathered some details on this year’s Fourth of July fireworks celebrations spanning four of our state’s biggest cities.
Oak Mountain’s Fireworks over Double Oaks Lake:
For those of you who are looking for a sneak-peak fireworks preview or want to celebrate all weekend long, Oak Mountain State Park has the events for you as well! This July 3rd, the Park has prepared an evening of music, food, water sports, beer, and fireworks over Double Oaks Lake. The revelry will begin around 6pm, with an entrance fee of only $3 per individual, or $5 per carload. Johnny Ray’s BBQ will have food catered for the event, and music will be staged on the terrace by the Main Office. Over the lake will be a wakeboard and jetski demo (featuring competition jetski rider Peter Waldron!) that will certainly be making a splash from 7-8pm. This demo will serve as a teaser for the big show and grand opening of the OMSP Wakeboard Cable Park on Saturday, July 5th. And don’t forget, the Peavine Falls BTC Trail Run will be racing at 7am on July 4th. Oak Mountain State Park definitely will set the tone for your July 4th weekend with these spectacular events!
Huntsville’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center:
With an entire evening of jubilee planned, Huntsville’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center will also be hosting the city’s biggest fireworks display again this year. The fun starts at 6pm and carries on until 10pm this July 4th. The fireworks are set to erupt at 9pm with plenty of activities, food and beverages, and live entertainment to fill your night leading up the grand finale! Each vehicle parking pass is only $20 so you can bring the whole family in for fun and fireworks, but keep in mind you’ll need to purchase your pass in advance.
Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium and Riverfront Amphitheater:
With these two prime viewing locations nestled side by side on the scenic Alabama River, you’re sure to enjoy this year’s Fourth of July MAX Fireworks Spectacular. Inside of the Riverwalk Stadium, be sure to catch an American pastime and the hometown favorite Montgomery Biscuits baseball team as they take on the Mississippi Braves starting at 7:05pm. Or, just around the corner at the Riverfront Amphitheater indulge in three bands, a water slide, the Splashpad, food vendors, and a riverboat fireworks cruise. The Amphitheater festivities get started at 6pm, and each of these two events will come to a wrap with the MAX Fireworks Spectacular debuting immediately after the baseball game. You’ll be sure to celebrate our nation’s independence in style with either one of these two exciting events located in downtown Montgomery.
Mobile’s USS Alabama Battleship Park:
Few things trump the powerful presence of the beautiful and historic USS Alabama. With the ship’s storied history and scenic location, you couldn’t ask for a better place to view the fireworks show than from Battleship Park. The park will be open on Friday, July 4th starting at 8am, with parking becoming available at 4pm for just $2. After 5pm, the price rolls up to $5, but you will be just in time to enjoy a concert by the Mobile Pops starting at 7pm. As the sun sets and 9pm ticks ever closer, you can expect nothing less than an explosive display of fireworks to illuminate over the waters of Mobile Bay.
Birmingham’s Thunder on the Mountain 2014 at Vulcan Park & Museum:
Having built up a lasting reputation as one the grandest fireworks shows in Alabama, Thunder on the Mountain 2014 boasts a 4th of July fireworks display to solidify their past celebratory merits. The show is free to the public, and you can expect to see (and hear) the skies above Red Mountain and the Vulcan Statue booming with vibrant colors and sounds. The show will last about 20 minutes, kicking off at 9pm to a soundtrack that will embody American patriotism and popular music. Do be aware that patrons viewing the fireworks show will not be admitted into Vulcan Park after 6pm, but not to worry because the display will be visible from multiple viewing areas around the city.
For those of you who are seeking an exciting show of lights, a night of revelry, and American nostalgia, look no further! One of these cities will be glad to play host as your Independence Day celebration!