Fourth Is Full Of Fun Events
The calendar is crowded with events celebrating Independence Day, from fireworks to family-friendly gatherings:
The 30th annual “I Love America” Summer Celebration Series will kick off its first event June 30 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event is hosted by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce and the Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation Department.
The second “I Love America” event will be Aug. 12 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Both events will be at Wald Park in Vestavia Hills.
Admission is free. Soft drinks and food will be available for purchase. Entertainment includes swimming, music, a movie in the park and more.
For more information, visit www.vestaviahills.org.
The city of Homewood and Homewood Parks and Recreation will celebrate the Fourth of July in Downtown Homewood again this year. Downtown streets will be closed to vehicles to make way for pedestrian traffic.
The event opens to the general public at 5 p.m. There will be a combination of inflatables and rides for children. A D.J. will provide music and interactive activities.
Downtown Homewood is also a good location to view the “Thunder on the Mountain” fireworks show at Vulcan Park. All rides and inflatables will close before the fireworks show.
Tickets will be sold for the rides and inflatables. Proceeds from the event will benefit the H.E.A.T. program at Homewood Parks and Recreation. The program provides recreational opportunities for Homewood sixth-eighth graders.
Morgan Creek Vineyards in Harpersville will host its annual Fourth of July Celebration in the Vineyards July 2 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and include parking, winery tours, wine tasting, fireworks and live music by Tekneek. Those who attend can bring blankets, chairs and picnics or purchase food on site. Patriotic songs will play before the fireworks show.
For the first time since 2007, the Birmingham Barons will celebrate Independence Day with fireworks shows July 4 at Regions Park in Hoover.
The shows will follow a special 6 p.m. game against the Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. General admission tickets are $7 each.
For more information, visit www.barons.com.
Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham will celebrate the Fourth with a day of flag making followed by a parade through the campground.
Flag making will begin July 4 at 10 a.m. at the campground pavilion. Admission to the park is $1-$3. For more information, call 620-2520.
The 62nd Our Lady of Sorrows Independence Day Festival will be July 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the OLS parking lot.
Entertainment includes karaoke, fish ponds, cake booths, a ring toss, bingo, hot wheel racing, darts, putting greens and a raffle. Raffle tickets are $5 each; this year’s grand prize is a 2011 Toyota Yaris.
The annual Trash n’ Treasure rummage sale will be in the gym from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Food will be sold during the event and includes barbecue plates, hotdogs, smoked sausages and pork sandwiches.
Thunder on the Mountain 2011, Birmingham’s traditional Independence Day fireworks demonstration, will once again light up the skies above Vulcan starting at 9 p.m. July 4.
Prime viewing locations include Southside, Five Points South, downtown Homewood, the UAB campus and Mountain Brook. Visit www.visitvulcan.com for more viewing tips.
Vulcan Park and Museum will be open July 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for visitors. After 6 p.m. the park will be closed to the public as the grounds and parking lots will be cleared and closed for safety purposes.