Where to see fireworks in the Birmingham area on July 4th

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Thunder on the Mountain 2020. Photo via Nathan Watson

With the 4th of July disembarkation this year on a Sunday, residents of Birmingham and surrounding areas will have several opportunities to see fireworks.

There are a lot of choices, let’s get started!

Friday July 2 – Start early

Fireworks prepared for the 2019 Alabama 4th of July Bicentennial Fireworks Show at the Vulcan Park and Museum. Photo by Bham Now

All-American Explosion – Leeds

Summer nights are made for watching movies outside, so why not start some fireworks ?. The good folks at Grand River Drive-In and The Backyard in Leeds start early 4th with the All-American Blast all day Friday 2nd July. The event starts at noon and 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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Hoover City Fireworks Show – Honors America

One of the best places to watch a fireworks display on Fridays BEFORE Fourth Exit in Hoover. Continue to the Met Stadium parking lot to see the signage. You will be able to tune to 87.9 FM to listen to your car music while watching the program.

  • When: Friday July 2, 9 p.m.
  • Or: 5508 Trace Pkwy Stadium, Hoover, AL 35244
  • Price: Free
  • Website

Fireworks show 2021 – organized by the city of alabaster

Not to be outdone by its neighbor Hoover, the town of Alabaster is also organizing a fireworks display at Thompson High School. There will be ‘before the fireworks’ activities and food trucks – including one of our favorite Chubbfathers.

  • When: Friday July 2, 6-9 p.m.
  • Or: Thompson High School located at 1921 Warrior Parkway
  • Price: To free
  • Website:

saturday july 3

ChelseaFest and the Big KaBoom

ChelseaFest and the Big KaBoom is the annual celebration of July 4th across the city of Chelsea. It is one of the most important events in the city of Chelsea. ChelseaFest and the Big KaBoom features great music on the main stage, food from many different food trucks and, of course, one of Alabama’s biggest fireworks!

  • When: Saturday July 3, 5-9 p.m.
  • Or: In Chelsea – behind the Dairy Queen
  • Price: To free
  • Website

Thunder over the mountain at Vulcan Park – Birmingham

Thunder over Vulcan Mountain 4th July Birmingham AL
Photo via Vulcan Park Museum

This year, Thunder on the Mountain at Vulcan Park “kicks off” Birmingham’s 150th anniversary celebration. The biggest show in the state of Alabama, you can see the 20-minute show from both sides of Red Mountain, but be sure to reserve your spot early. I watched for years at UAB.

Hot tip: Tune in to any iHeartRadio station in Birmingham to listen to the music that accompanies the show. If you are using a portable radio, make sure the batteries are fully charged.

Trussville Freedom Celebration

This year’s Trussville Freedom Celebration begins at 5:30 p.m., with the opening of the Food Vendor Zone. One thing you don’t want to miss is the entertainment – music from Birmingham favorite Act of Congress.

Here is a partial list of food trucks.

The event ends at 9 p.m. with a fireworks display. Expect a great show!

  • When: Sunday July 4, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Or: 301 Parkway Drive, Trussville, AL 35173 (Trussville Mall)
  • Price: To free
  • Website

Birmingham Barons’ Regions Field

Field of the Regions, Fireworks, Birmingham Barons
Fireworks at the field of the region. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

This year, because they are home over Independence Day weekend, the Birmingham Barons will have three fireworks after the ball games. The team also organizes special activities saluting black leagues and essential workers.

  • Or: 1401 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Dated: Friday to Sunday – July 2-4. Friday’s match starts at 7:05 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday’s matches start at 6.30 p.m.
  • Price: Ticket prices
  • Website

Are there other fireworks this year around Birmingham? Let us know who we missed on social media @bhamnow.

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