Thurs., June 30
2016 I Love America Summer Celebration
This 35th annual celebration will feature free swimming from 6-7:30 p.m., a children’s area hosted by Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church from 6-8 p.m. and a Pops in the Park Concert by the Shades Mountain Baptist Church Orchestra at 7 p.m. The event will include a family friendly movie as well as a business expo. Admission is free. For more information, visit “I Love America Summer Celebration” Facebook page.
Mon., July 4
Thunder on the Mountain
Thunder on the Mountain 2016 will illuminate the skies above Birmingham’s Vulcan statue at 9 p.m. This year’s show will last approximately 20 minutes and will feature a variety of fireworks choreographed to a musical soundtrack of patriotic favorites and popular music. For more information, visit visitvulcan.com.
Independence Day 1776
American Village will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with food, fireworks, costumed historical interpreters, Revolutionary Army drills, colonial games, an Independence Ball and more. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the festivities will start at 11:30 a.m., continuing through evening and concluding with fireworks. Tickets are $5 for ages 5 and up. Veterans and active military personnel may enter for free. For more information, visit alabama.travel/upcoming-events/independence-day-1776.
July 4th Festival 2016
Two blocks of 18th Street South and one block from 29th Avenue South will be blocked for pedestrian traffic and a free holiday fair. The event will include inflatables, amusement rides and a view of the Thunder on the Mountain fireworks display. The event opens to the general public at 5 p.m. and conclude at 9 p.m. Unlimited access to event attractions can be purchased for $10. For more information and current updates, follow @homewoodparks on Twitter.
Freedom Fest is coming free to the Hoover met and will begin at 5 p.m. with a car show and end with a fireworks finale which kicks off at 9 p.m. Festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include a car show, kid-friendly activities and a fireworks show.The lineup includes The 572 Band of the South, Bailey Ingle and The Negotiators. Between sets, the ZOOperstars will provide entertainment with the help of Bucket Ruckus. Bailey Ingle, a Hoover High School student, will perform at 7 p.m. For more information, visit hooveralabama.gov.
July 4th Celebration
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church
The church will host its 68th annual holiday celebration featuring thousands of pounds of freshly smoked barbecue, games, kids activities and more. Trash N’ Treasures, an annual community consignment sale, will take place in the gym and parking deck from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The sale will continue from 1-5 p.m. the next day with all merchandise 50 percent off. The last day to submit donations to the sale will be June 26. Proceeds from the sale benefit a deserving recipient to be announced. For more updates, visit ourladyofsorrows.com or the “OLS Trash and Treasure” Facebook page.