4th of July Events in Birmingham

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Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to 4th of July Events in Birmingham! Whether you’re looking for patriotic festivities or just wondering where the best spots to see fireworks are, we’ve put together this list of fireworks and fun activities your whole family will enjoy while celebrating Independence Day. 

Choose “Calendar” below to view all events in list form, then click on an event for full details and links to event pages. Or, choose “Event Descriptions” to view events chronologically with times, locations, and descriptions. Be sure to check back because we’ll add more events as they are posted!

For even more family-friendly events and activities, check out our monthly events calendar!

*Please note – While we do our best to provide current links and event details, we encourage you to double check event pages for the most up to date info. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can correct them! 

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4th of July Event Descriptions

I Love America Night at Wald Park

WHEN: Thursday, June 22nd, 6:00 pm

WHERE: Wald Park – 2521 Waldridge Road, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

WHAT: I Love America Night is the annual Fourth of July celebration in the city of Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Free swimming at the Vestavia Hills Parks and Rec’s Aquatic Center, sponsor booths, live music, a kid’s area, and a fireworks show! Learn more. 

Liberty Day Festival in Columbiana

WHEN: Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th

WHERE: Columbiana Main Street – 112 N Main St, Columbiana, AL 35051

WHAT: This two day event will include music on three stages, a 5K race, food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, children’s games, a car show, a hot dog eating contest, a parade on Main Street, and the best fireworks show in central Alabama. Learn more. 

Westwood’s Annual Tailgate and Fireworks

WHEN: Sunday, June 25th, fireworks begin at dusk

WHERE: Westwood Baptist Church – 1155 Alabaster Blvd, Alabaster, AL 35007

WHAT: Westwood’s Tailgate & Fireworks is designed for small groups to get together and fellowship with other members in their group. If you are not part of a small group, this is a great event to find a group. You do not have to be part of a group to reserve a spot. Learn more. 

Calera Mainstreet Presents First Friday

WHEN: Friday, June 30th, 5:00 to 9:00 pm

WHERE: Downtown Calera – 1120 17th Avenue, Calera, AL 35040

WHAT: Celebrate Independence Day with a Bang on Main Street! This year their July “First Friday” will fall on the “Last Friday” of June to launch the long holiday weekend as your first stop for fireworks! Learn more. 

Stars and Stripes Special at Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum

WHEN: Saturday, July 1st with departures at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm

WHERE: Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum – 1919 9th StreetCalera, AL 35040

WHAT: Active military and veterans ride for FREE when accompanied by at least one other passenger. The train ride lasts approximately 75 minutes and there will be food vendors on site. Learn more. 

Community Baptist Church Freedom Festival 2023

WHEN: Saturday, July 1st, 12:00 pm with a fireworks show around 8:30 pm

WHERE: Community Baptist Church – 8254 Highway 17, Maylene, AL 35114

WHAT: Starting at 12pm, Community Baptist Church will have a car show, kids games, cornhole, and food trucks on site throughout the day, ending their event with a fireworks display starting around 8:30pm! Learn more. 

2023 Fireworks Show Hosted by the City of Alabaster

WHEN: Saturday, July 1st, 6:00 pm with a fireworks show at 9:00 pm (approximately 13 minutes)

WHERE: Thompson High School – 1921 Warrior Pkwy, Alabaster, AL 35007

WHAT: The 2023 Fireworks Show Hosted by the City of Alabaster will be held at Thompson High School. Starting at 6:00PM, there will be food trucks, bounce houses, games, and more, with a fireworks show at 9:00PM. Learn more. 

ChelseaFest and the Big Kaboom!

WHEN: Saturday, July 1st, 6:00 pm with a fireworks show at 9:00 pm

WHERE: Chelsea Corners Way, Chelsea, AL 35043

WHAT: ChelseaFest and the Big KaBoom features great music on the main stage, food from many different food trucks and, of course, one of the largest fireworks shows in Alabama! Learn more. 

Cookout & Fireworks at Calera Baptist Church

WHEN: Saturday, July 1st, 6:30 pm

WHERE: Calera Baptist Church, 600 Whipporwill Ln, Calera, AL 35040

WHAT: Join Calera Baptist Church for their annual 4th of July Cookout & Fireworks event. Learn more. 

The Backyard Leeds Independence Day Blast

WHEN: Sunday, July 2nd, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

WHERE: The Backyard Leeds, 6200 Grand River Blvd E Suite 510, Leeds, AL 35094

WHAT: The Backyard Leeds Independence Day Blast will include a bounce house and giant waterslide, all day music, an unlimited mini golf pass, a movie (with purchase of drive-in package), and fireworks at 9pm! Children 5 and under are FREE! Learn more. 

RUMC’s Music Ministry Patriotic Concert

WHEN: Sunday, July 2nd, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

WHERE: Riverchase United Methodist Church, 1953 Old Montgomery Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35244

WHAT: Riverchase United Methodist Church’s Music Ministry’s Patriotic Concert will be held in the Sanctuary, with food trucks on site from 4-7pm. There will also be a bake sale at 3pm in the Welcome Center. Learn more. 

Enon Baptist Church Family Fireworks Spectacular

WHEN: Sunday, July 2nd, 6:00 pm with a fireworks show at 9:00 pm

WHERE: Morris Ballpark, Morris, AL 35116

WHAT: Enon Baptist Church is hosting their Family Fireworks Spectacular at Morris Ballpark on Sunday, July 2nd. Gates open at 6pm and the fireworks begin at 9pm. Learn more. 

Pleasant Hill UMC Fourth of July Celebration

WHEN: Sunday, July 2nd, 8:00 pm

WHERE: Pleasant Hill UMC, 4809 Bell Hill Road, Bessemer, AL 35022

WHAT: Pleasant Hill UMC’s annual Fourth of July Celebration will take place Sunday, July 2nd! Fireworks can be seen from surrounding areas, such as the parking lots of Colonial Promenade Tannehill, near Target and Publix, and the Shoppes at Letson Farms parking lots, near Piggly Wiggly. Learn more. 

City of Hoover Honors America

WHEN: Sunday, July 2nd, 9:00 pm

WHERE: Hoover Met Complex, 5508 Stadium Trace Parkway, Hoover, AL 35244

WHAT: Fireworks show beginning at 9pm in the Hoover Met Parking Lot. Music will be broadcast on 87.9 FM. Learn more. 

Fire on the Water at Oak Mountain State Park

WHEN: Monday, July 3rd with a fireworks show at 9:00 pm (gates close at 7:00 pm)

WHERE: Oak Mountain State Park – 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124

WHAT: Fire on the Water is the City of Pelham’s annual fireworks show at Oak Mountain State Park! Spend the day exploring the park before the fireworks show at 9:00 pm. Learn more. 

City of Helena Old Town Live

WHEN: Monday, July 3rd, 4:30 pm

WHERE: Helena Amphitheater – 4151 Helena Rd, Helena, AL 35080

WHAT: Celebrate America’s birthday in style with Helena’s dazzling 4th of July fireworks show and a FREE Concert! As the sun sets on July 3th, the city of Helena will come alive with the sound of music from Telluride and the brilliant colors of fireworks. Learn more. 

Birmingham Barons

WHEN: Monday, July 3rd, 6:05 pm

WHERE: Regions Field – 1401 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233

WHAT: It’s an Independence Day Celebration at the ballpark! Watch the Birmingham Barons baseball team take on the Rocket City Trash Pandas at 6:05 pm and enjoy a fireworks show after the game. Learn more. 

OLS 74th Annual 4th of July Festival

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4th, Trash and Treasure Rummage Sale begins at 8:00 am with food and activities beginning at 10:30am

WHERE: Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church – 1728 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209

WHAT: Join Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Homewood, AL for their 74th Annual 4th of July Festival! There will be a Trash and Treasure rummage sale, raffle, plates of food, games, and more! Learn more. 

Independence Day 1776! at American Village

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4th, 11:00 am with a fireworks show at 9:00 pm

WHERE: American Village – 3727 Highway 119, Montevallo, AL 35115

WHAT: Gates open at 11:00 am at American Village’s Annual Independence Day celebration. Enjoy over 40 patriotic activities throughout the day, including fireworks at twilight. Learn more. 

All About Bald Eagles! at Oak Mountain State Park

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4th, 2:00 pm

WHERE: Oak Mountain State Park – 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124

WHAT: Visit the Oak Mountain State Park Interpretive Center on the 4th of July for a presentation and learn all about our nation’s symbol…the Bald Eagle! Then be sure to visit Shelby the Bald Eagle at the Alabama Wildlife Center! Learn more. 

Homewood 4th of July Festival

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4th, 5:00 pm

WHERE: Downtown Homewood – 18th Street South & 29th Ave South, Homewood, AL 35209

WHAT: Two blocks of 18th Street South & One block of 29th Ave South will be blocked in downtown Homewood to make way for rides and attractions. Downtown Homewood is one of the best locations in the entire metro Birmingham area to view the “Thunder on the Mountain” fireworks show that Vulcan Park provides. Learn more. 

Trussville Freedom Celebration

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4th, 5:00 pm with a fireworks show at 9:00 pm

WHERE: Trussville Mall – 301 Parkway Dr, Trussville, AL 35173

WHAT: The Trussville Freedom Celebration will be held on the Mall in the historic downtown Trussville area with carnival games, food trucks, music, and more! Learn more. 

UAB Callahan Eye presents 4th of July Family Festival

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

WHERE: Railroad Park – 1600 1st Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233

WHAT: Join UAB Callan Eye for a free 4th of July Family Festival at Railroad Park with festivities from 5PM to 9PM. There will be live music, food trucks, and activities for all ages! Plus you’ll have an excellent view of the fireworks at Vulcan Park & Museum following the event! Learn more. 

4th at Forge 2023

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4th, 7:00 pm with a fireworks show at 9:00 pm

WHERE: Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center – 1321 19th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205

WHAT: A light-hearted event to raise support and awareness for a serious cause. This unique event features food, fun, and a front-row seat to Thunder on the Mountain! Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair to sit in to enjoy the show! Learn more. 

Thunder on the Mountain at Vulcan Park & Museum

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4th, 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm

WHERE: Vulcan Park & Museum – 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209

WHAT: On July 4, the City of Birmingham welcomes all to visit and watch live a breathtaking show in honor of those who have fought for our country’s independence. At approximately 9 p.m., the first of more than 2,500 shells and effects will brighten Vulcan and the sky above him. Learn more. 

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Best Places to Watch Fireworks

I Love America Night at Wald Park, 2022

We turned to our community of local moms for the best spots around Birmingham to watch fireworks, and here’s what we found!

  • Homewood for sure! Homewood park or 18th street in Homewood have great views. They usually have a street party on 18th street with rides and activities—kids can get wristbands and there’s lots to do leading up to the show.
  • Last year we loved parking at the Hoover Met and watching the fireworks from our car. It was so helpful since we had little ones to contain! 
  • The lawn at Saint Rose Academy, it’s a hill so no one’s view gets blocked!
  • Top of Regions Bank parking lot in Homewood for Vulcan fireworks
  • Top of the parking decks at St. Vincent’s or UAB for Vulcan fireworks
  • UAB softball field parking lot
  • Callahan Eye Hospital parking deck
  • Oak Mountain
  • Near Oasis Counseling Downtown
  • Thompson High School
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Kristina was BMC's Social Media Manager for just over a year beginning in 2022, and also managed the BMC Calendar and Event Guides. In August 2023, she began tutoring her oldest son's class in a Classical Conversations Homeschool Community, but is excited to be back with BMC as a contributing writer! Kristina was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and moved to the Birmingham area at the end of 2019. She and her husband, Landon, always dreamed of one day owning land and living out in the country (especially after having two active little boys!). In 2023, they were blessed with the opportunity to purchase some acreage in Central Alabama, and have slowly begun working on their future homestead. In the meantime, Kristina has worked on learning various homesteading skills like baking sourdough, keeping various ferments alive, seed starting, and more! She loves sharing what she's learned in hopes of inspiring other moms to try out new skills. You can follow along with her homesteading adventures on Instagram at @raisingarrowsfarmstead