On July 4, the night sky above Red Mountain will ignite with the sounds and colors of the annual Thunder on the Mountain fireworks display despite the ever-present threat from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event has been the culmination of the city’s Independence Day celebrations for decades, according to a release from Vulcan Park and Museum.
Festivities will begin at 9 p.m. and event officials encourage viewers from every vantage point to maintain a social distance from others.
Due to the size and popularity of the event, it was imperative for park officials to assess the current pandemic conditions to ensure public safety. For those who wish to stay at home, the show will be broadcast on WBRC Fox 6 News.
Park officials noted that this year’s show has been “dedicated in honor of those who have fought for our country’s independence and for essential workers who have worked to keep us safe and healthy.”
Vulcan Park Foundation board Chairman Jason Eppenger said he believes that uncertain times provide the opportunity to persevere and reflect on the important things, which he listed as family, community and freedom.
“We have faced many adversities this year and invite all to join Vulcan, the longstanding symbol of our community, to celebrate our resilience, potential and pride,” Eppenger said. “There is no better way to recognize the individuals who have put themselves at risk, not only for our liberties, but also for our health and safety during the pandemic.”
Following the event there will be a photo contest. Participants will be able to submit photos of the fireworks on Vulcan Park’s website, and winners will receive a prize pack.
For more information, visit visitvulcan.com.