Thurs., June 27
I Love America Night
What: Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce and Park and Recreation presents a night of children’s activities, a Pops in the Park concert by Shades Mountain Baptist Church Orchestra and a family movie.
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Vestavia Hills High School
Sun., June 30
Music for the Founding of America
What: GBMEA Chamber Orchestra presents music by Colonial-era American composers Alexander Reinagle, Philip Phile, Francis Hopkinson, James Hewitt, William Billings and others.
When: 2-4 p.m.
Where: Hoover Library Theatre
Website: “GBMEA Chamber Orchestra” Facebook page
Mon., July 1-5
Star Spangled Science
What: McWane Science Center is celebrating the Fourth of July with science wonder. Enjoy weekly combustion shows, watch them blow up a watermelon and set off a giant red, white and blue soda geyser.
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: McWane Science Center
Wed., July 3
Red, White and Brew Food Truck Rally
What: Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC presents an event to benefit Birmingham Education Foundation featuring food trucks, cold beer and live music by Lamont Landers Band, Legal Limit and Bailey Ingle.
When: 4-10 p.m.
Where: Avondale Brewing Co.
Website: “Heninger Garrison Davis LLC” Facebook page
Fire on the Water Oak Mountain State Park
What: The park will host its fifth annual Independence Day celebration and fireworks show.
Bring your own chairs and blankets.
When: 5-9 p.m
Where: Oak MountainState Park
Website: “Fire on the Water 2019” Facebook page
Thurs., July 4
The Rick Melanson Peavine Falls Run
What: Serving as the third race in the Birmingham Track Club, this Fourth of July tradition features an 8.2 mile out-and-back run.
When: 7-10 a.m.
Where: Oak Mountain State Park Dogwood Pavilion
OLS Fourth of July Festival
What: The church will host its 70th annual celebration featuring 6,500 pounds of slow-cooked barbecue, games, a rummage sale featuring more than 10,000 items and more.
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church
American Village Independence Day 1776
What: Enjoy historical vignettes, music, dancing, the Battle of Redcoats and Patriots, salutes to veterans, children’s activities and food options culminating with fireworks at twilights’s last gleaming.
When: 11 a.m.
Where: American Village
Fourth of July Bald Eagle Talks
What: Oak Mountain State Park presents three talks about the history of the bald eagle and its comeback from an endangered species. Enjoy a visit with Alabama Wildlife Center’s bald eagle, Shelby, and more.
When: 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.
Where: Alabama Wildlife Center at the new Bald Eagle and Eurasian Eagle Owl enclosure.
Website: “Oak Mountain State Park” Facebook page
Homewood July 4th Festival
What: Two blocks of 18th St. S. and one block of 29th Ave. S. will be blocked for a holiday fair including inflatables, rides, music and a view of the Thunder on the Mountain fireworks display.
When: 5-9 p.m.
Where: Downtown Homewood
What: Four legged bat retriever, Jake the Diamond Dog, will entertain fans at the Birmingham Barons vs. Pensacola Wahoos game and fans can watch Thunder on the Mountain from their stadium seats.
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Regions Field
UAB University Bands Summer Band Concert
What: This summer band program culminates in a July 4th performance by a host of Birmingham community band members, college students from any school and upper division high school musicians.
When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Bartow Arena
Website: “UAB Summer Band” Facebook page
4th of July Shindig
What: The Collegiate Recovery Community at UAB presents a sober celebration including an evening of live music by Ice Station Zebra, free food by Saw’s BBQ, yard games and a view of Thunder on the Mountain.
When: 7-10 p.m.
Where: UAB’s New Freshman Residence Hall Courtyard
Website: “4th of July Shindig” Facebook page
Thunder on the Mountain
What: With a variety of firework shells in new colors and patterns, this show will be choreographed to a musical soundtrack featuring a mix of patriotic favorites and popular music.
When: 9 p.m.
Where: In the skies above Vulcan