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Alabama July 4 Fireworks celebrations go forward with new safety measures

Birmingham, AL: Thunder on the Mountain, annual fireworks display, with Vulcan, city icon statue, July 4th, 2011.
Birmingham, AL: Thunder on the Mountain, annual fireworks display, with Vulcan, city icon statue, July 4th, 2011.(Meg McKinney | Meg McKinney)
Published: Jul. 2, 2020 at 8:59 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (PR) – Although some of the major July 4 festivities in the state have been canceled because of the pandemic, many areas have moved forward with their celebrations of America’s independence after having added new health and safety measures.

While some July 4 celebrations, such as those in Decatur, Gulf Shores, Mobile and at Huntsville’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center, have been canceled, many of the festivities throughout the state are still going on with more attention to social distancing and other precautions.

OWA, the amusement complex near Foley that is run by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, is even expanding its fireworks shows to two days, July 3 and 4. OWA is not only using social distancing and requesting that those inside the park wear masks, but has announced they may take guests’ temperatures as they arrive. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will not be admitted.

Other celebrations include Thunder on the Mountain at Vulcan Park & Museum in Birmingham, a boat parade at Lake Martin, a Trash Pandas Fourth of July celebration at the AA baseball team’s new facilities in Madison and a fireworks display in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Many of the celebrations are moving their fireworks so they can be seen from a greater distance to help with social distancing, and some are asking that spectators watch the fireworks drive-in style from their cars.

The Alabama Tourism Department suggests the following July 4th events.  For a complete calendar of events listing see www.alabama.travel

Alexander City -  4th of July Boat Parade

Decorate your boat and join the patriotic crowd at Kowaliga Marina as boats of all sizes, shapes and decoration “parade” from Kowaliga Marina to Children’s Harbor circling just past the lighthouse. Spectators line the shoreline along the parade route July 4 morning to applaud their favorite patriotically decorated boats and contestants.  www.russellmarine.net  Free.

Athens -  Red, White & Boom Fireworks Show: Drive-in Edition

Fireworks will be shot the night of July 4 at the Athens High School stadium, but under COVID-19 guidelines attendees are asked to view the fireworks from their vehicles drive-In style. www.visitathensal.com  Free.

Birmingham - Thunder on the Mountain

Vulcan Park & Museum. Birmingham's annual fireworks display will go on with Vulcan as the centerpiece of the program, but spectators are asked to use social distancing. The fireworks will be accompanied by a unique score featuring the music of such artists as Beyoncé, Chicago, Lionel Richie, Imagine Dragons and Kenney Chesney. www.visitvulcan.com  Free.

Daphne fireworks show

Although Daphne has canceled the activities that usually accompany its July 4 festival, its annual fireworks display will go on with guests asked to follow social-distance guidelines. Call 251-620-1000 with questions. Free

Decatur/Wheeler Lake fireworks show

Wheeler Lake KOA will show an outdoor movie and have a July 4 fireworks show.  Call 256-280-4390.  Free

Eclectic - 4th of July Fireworks and Concert

Head to the AMP (the Lake Martin Amphitheater) to listen to an outdoor concert and watch  fireworks over the lake. The Amphitheater will limit attendance to half its usual capacity as a social-distancing precaution.  www.lmat.org  Admission charged.

Foley – OWA July 4 celebration

OWA will celebrate Independence Day with two fireworks shows, one on July 3 and another on July 4.  OWA is prepared to take guests’ temperatures as they arrive and anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will not be admitted.  Guests are also requested to social distance and to wear masks.  www.visitowa.com  Free from outside the park. 

Henagar - Sand Mountain Potato Festival

Celebrate with a car show, arts and crafts, food vendors, games and fireworks. Event begins at 10 a.m. and culminates with a firework display at dark. www.cityofhenagar.com  Free

Huntsville – MidCity District Fourth of July celebration

Although the U.S. Space & Rocket Center July 4th Celebration has been canceled, the MidCity District Fourth of July celebration will begin at 11 a.m. and feature music, watermelon carving, a showing of “Jurassic Park” and fireworks. https://allevents.in/huntsville  Free

Madison Trash Pandas July 4 celebration

The Trash Pandas Fourth of July celebration will be at Madison’s new AA baseball facility at Toyota Field.  Live entertainment and kids’ activities will be followed by the fireworks display.  //www.milb.com/rocket-city  There are charges for admission and parking.

Opp - July 4th Celebration

Family fun event held at Frank Jackson State Park in Opp beginning at 10 a.m. with live entertainment during the day and fireworks at dark. www.cityofopp.com  Free.

Orange Beach - Wharf at Orange Beach Independence Day Celebration

The Wharf at Orange Beach, at 23101 Canal Road, will have a sunset ceremony followed by a patriotic laser light. https://alwharf.com  Free

Oxford – Oxford Freedom Festival

Held at McCullars Lane. A patriotic parade, tricycle and bicycle races, pet shows, free carnival games and more. Because of the pandemic, there will be no fireworks at Oxford Lake this year. www.oxfordalabama.org  Free

Prattville -  Prattville Independence Day Celebrations

This year, Prattville is relocating its July 4 fireworks show to the Homeplace Clock Tower where it can be seen by more people who can practice social distancing and see them either in small groups or from their cars. www.prattvilleal.gov  Free.

Summerdale 4th of July Fireworks Celebration

The Summerdale 4th of July Fireworks Celebration is Saturday at 9 p.m. It will be in downtown Summerdale at Pioneer Park. www.summerdaleal.com  Free

Troy - The City of Troy's Annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration

Fireworks will be staged behind Charles Henderson High School. The recommended viewing area is at Veterans Memorial Stadium and the surrounding area. www.troyal.gov  Free.

Tuscaloosa – Downtown Fireworks Celebration

Tuscaloosa is holding a fireworks show, but it moves this year from the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater to downtown, where people will be encouraged to watch the display drive-in style from their cars.  www.tuscaloosa.com  Free.

Wetumpka – 4th of July Weekend Celebration 

This year Wetumpka has its fireworks show on Friday, July 3.  Once again, it’s at Gold Star Park. Guests are asked to where masks and to practice social distancing. www.cityofwetumpka.com Free.

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