Need July 4th plans? We have 9 ways to celebrate + a gift

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Spend your 4th of July with friends. Photo via Cahaba Brewery

Anyone else a little shocked that July 4th is already here? Same. So if you’re looking for ways to celebrate, we’ve got nine fun ideas for you, from fireworks to lakeside entertainment.

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Have fun at The Backyard’s All-American Blast. Photo via Bham Now

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1. A wine + steak dinner

This July 4th, elevate your traditional cuisine with a USDA certified Angus beef steak or a Wagyu Snake River Farms brisket from Piggly Wiggly. For a more divine experience, pair it with a personally recommended bottle of wine. Piggly Wiggly has 12 wine experts at six stores in the Birmingham area, so you’ll always find someone to help you choose something extraordinary. Hi, Bham!

2. Sip your favorite beer

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Enjoy a weekend on the water with a pack of 12 Cahaba Blonde. Photo via Cahaba Brewery

Another great 4th of July tradition? Grab a 12-pack of Cahaba Blonde to enjoy while doing a number of activities, lounging by the lake and barbecues just hanging out.

With its light and refreshing taste, Cahaba Blonde from Cahaba Brewing Company is the beer of the summer. The 12-pack is the perfect companion for your Independence Day adventure. Plus, the handle makes this bag easy to carry from the river to the pool to the grill.

3. Watch a movie and join the party

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Welcome to The Backyard in Leeds. Photo via Bham Now

Summer nights are made for watching movies outside. That’s why this 4th of July weekend, the Grand River Drive-In and The Backyard in Leeds is the place to be. Their All-American Blast event on Friday, July 2 will feature live music, movies, fireworks and more. Plus, with the kids’ activities it’s fun for the whole family.

  • When: Friday July 2 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Or: 6200, boul. Grand River Drive East Suite 510, Leeds, AL 35094
  • Price: $ 10-15 per ticket
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4. Get a locally made flag

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Get an American flag made in Birmingham. Photo via American Flag Company Facebook

Show your patriotism with an American flag made in Birmingham this July 4th. Check out American Flag Company, based here in The Magic City, for a locally made American flag. You can find them in a variety of sizes and fabrics to hang on a porch, balcony, or other outdoor space.

5. Watch a fireworks display

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What show! Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum

Birmingham’s favorite fireworks show, the annual Thunder on the Mountain at Vulcan Park is breathtaking to watch. This year’s event will also celebrate Birmingham’s 150th birthday, so it’s a party for two! Find a location within viewing distance of Red Mountain (I personally park at a gas station in Homewood) to watch the show, and tune in to any iHeartRadio station in Birmingham to listen.

6. Enjoy America’s Favorite Pastime

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Look at the Barons this July 4th. Photo via the Birmingham Barons Facebook

Celebrate July 4th with America’s favorite pastime: baseball. Watch the Birmingham Barons take on the Chattanooga Lookouts at Regions Field on July 4th. With fireworks, classic food, and of course a great game, you’re guaranteed to have a great time

7. Explore the trails

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Exercise and enjoy the view of Oak Mountain State Park. Photo via Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Up early? This July 4th, the Birmingham Track Club is throwing its own party at Oak Mountain State Park: the annual Peavine Falls Run. Settle in for an eight mile run through the park to celebrate the fourth.

  • When: Sunday July 4, 6:30 a.m.
  • Or: 200 Terrace Drive, Pelham, AL 35124
  • Register.

8. Get out on the water

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Charter a boat this year for an extra-special 4th of July. Photo via Bham Now

You don’t have a boat? You can still enjoy the waterways near Birmingham this 4th of July by renting boats and kayaks. To help you find a nearby boat rental, check out GetMyBoat, a new app that is the “Airbnb of Boats”. Find your boating destination, such as Lake Martin, and view all available boat rentals.

9. Take part in a barbecue

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Who doesn’t want a good barbecue on July 4th? Photo via 1918 Restoration

The Magic City Smoke and Boil, organized by 1918 Catering, is back for another summer dining event. This year’s Barbecue and View will feature a beer garden, live music, and most importantly, tons of food trucks with a wide variety of cuisines to try.

As a bonus, from the event you will be able to watch the Vulcan Park fireworks display.

  • When: Sunday July 4, 4 p.m.
  • Or: 197 Vulcan Road, Birmingham, AL 35209
  • Price: Free entrance
  • Website

Whatever type of event or activity you’re looking for this 4th of July, you’re sure to find it in Birmingham. For a full list of upcoming events for this summer and beyond, check out our calendar on Bham Now.

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