Your 2018 guide to Independence Day events happening across Alabama


On Independence Day, also known as the the 4th of July, Americans across the country will celebrate our nation’s 242nd birthday. If you’re still trying to decide what to do on the 4th of July, Alabama Today has you covered with celebrations and fireworks displays across the state:

Alexander City

4th Of July Blast
When: Activities from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m.
Where: Lake Martin.
Cost: $10; kids 6 and under are free

Watch fireworks over the lake from the lawn of the amphitheater after enjoying a concert.


Red, White and Boom!
When: At dusk, 8 p.m. or later.
Where: Athens High School Stadium, 100 U.S. 31
Cost: Free.

Fireworks show with synchronized music.


Thunder on the Mountain 
When: 9 p.m.
Where: Vulcan Park and Museum
Cost: Free

Birmingham’s annual fireworks display with Vulcan as the centerpiece of the program.


Sound, Light and Water Show
When: Jun 8-Jul 31, Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun., 1-5:30 p.m.
Where: DeSoto Caverns Family Fun Park.
Cost: Admission charged.
Patriotic show that tells of America’s history. Shown on every tour of the caverns.


Smith Lake Park Independence Day Festival
When: All-day
Where: Smith Lake Park.
Cost: Free

All-day entertainment, arts, crafts, food, fireworks, putt-putt golf and more.


Daphne’s Jubilee Independence Day Fireworks Display
When: 5 – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Trione Sports Park.
Cost: Free

Annual fireworks display. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.


Spirit of America Festival
When: Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Where: Point Mallard Park.
Cost: Free

Celebrate the nation’s birthday at one of the state’s largest patriotic festivals, featuring children’s activities, live music, the Miss Point Mallard Pageant and a fireworks show.


Freedom on the River
When: 5 – 9 p.m.
Where: Downtown and along Tombigbee River.
Cost: Free

Fireworks show on the river with bands, food vendors and a children’s patriotic parade.


Family 4th Celebration
When: Music all day, with a headline act at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks display shortly after 9 p.m.
Where: Center Stage.
Cost: Admission charged.

Enjoy a day of family activities, including water slides for the kids, shows, music, games, rides and festival foods.


Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks Display
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Henry George Park and Fairhope Municipal Pier.
Cost: Free

The Baldwin Pops Band Independence Day Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with a variety of patriotic music before and after the fireworks display. The fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m.


Shoals Spirit of Freedom Celebration
When: 2-10 p.m.
Where: McFarland Park.
Cost: Free

Live music and family activities with food vendors onsite. Fireworks show after dark.


Celebrate America
When: 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Greenville High School Stadium.
Cost: Free

 Family activities and fireworks.

Gulf Shores

Independence Day Fireworks
When: 9 p.m.
Where: Gulf Shores Public Beach.
Cost: Free

Fireworks shot over the beach and accompanied by special patriotic music broadcast on Sunny 105.7FM radio.

Fort Morgan Salute to American Independence  
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Fort Morgan State Historic Site.
Cost: Admission charged.

Independence Day is celebrated at Fort Morgan with artillery firing, small arms firing and special tours of the Fort.


All American Celebration
When: 9 .m.
Where: Lake Guntersville.
Cost: Free

Fireworks over Lake Guntersville.


July 4th Fireworks Display
When: Fireworks display at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Turner Park
Cost: Free


4th of July Downtown
When: 2 – 8 p.m.; 9 p.m. fireworks
Where: Downtown: 155 S. Water St.
Cost: Admission charged.

Enjoy multiple activities outside on the Riverfront Promenade overlooking the Mobile River to keep the entire family entertained, including an inflatable Tropical Water Slide for children.


Independence Day 1776
When: Noon to nightfall.
Where: The American Village.
Cost: Admission charged.

See the stories of America’s founding with period re-enactors such as Patrick Henry and Abigail Adams, play Colonial games, patriotic music, fireworks and more.


4th of July Family Picnic
When: Live Music begins at 6 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m.
Where: Riverfront
Cost: Free

Enjoy a picnic by the river. Coolers, food and beverages are allowed.

Pike Road

Summer Fest
When: 5 – .m.
Where: The Waters Neighborhood, 2283 Marler Rd, Pike Rd
Cost: $10 per car

Bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy the musical entertainment and fireworks.


Prattville Independence Day Celebrations
When: Begins at 9 a.m.
Where: Various Locations.
Cost: Free

Parade, BBQ/camp stew sale and fireworks. Parade begins 9 a.m. at Autauga County Courthouse; BBQ/Camp Stew sale 10 a.m. at Pratt Park; fireworks begin at dark at Stanley-Jensen Stadium.


4th of July on the Tennessee River
Where: Goose Pond Colony, Ed Hembree Drive.
Cost: Free

 Music, entertainment, boat parade, food and fireworks display. 6-10 p.m. 800-268-2884. Free.


4th of July Walking Parade
Where: Montgomery Avenue.
Cost: Free

Old fashioned walking parade with entries from baby carriages to wagons. 10 a.m. 256-381-3907. Free.


Grand Bay Watermelon Festival
Where: Odd Fellow Park, Hwy. 90.
Cost: Free

 Family fun day with arts and crafts, entertainment, children’s activities and all you can eat watermelon. Festivities begin at 8 a.m. 251-367-8646. Free.


American Legion Annual Barbecue
When: 11 .m.
Where: American Legion Hall, Kimbrell Ave.
Cost: Admission charged

BBQ pulled pork and chicken, plates to go or eat in.


City of Troy 4th of July Celebration
When: 8:30 p.m.
Where: Veteran’s Memorial Stadium.
Cost: Free

 Fireworks show at the stadium on the Troy University campus.


Independence Day Celebration
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Tuscaloosa Amphitheater and Grounds
Cost: Fee for attractions only.

Free children’s activities including face painting, bounce houses, games, patriotic music and fireworks display.


Fourth of July Boat Parade
When: 10 a.m. – noon
Where: Lakeside Marina, Hwy. 231, Lake Wedowee/RL Harris Reservoir.
Cost: Free

 Boat and personal watercrafts decorated with patriotic themes


4th of July Celebration
When: 5 p.m.
Where: Behind the City Administrative Bldg.
Cost: Free

 Live entertainment, street dance, children’s activities and fireworks.