Fireworks and the 4th of July in Huntsville 2014

As much fun as fireworks can be they can also be dangerous, especially when kids are involved. Which is why  it’s just a lot easier to enjoy our nation’s birthday by letting someone else put on the show. Stay safe this holiday and sit back and enjoy one of the many great fireworks celebrations put on in the Tennessee Valley.

If you do decide to take matters into your own hands and raid the local fireworks stand, be sure to read our post about Fireworks Safety before you light up. Be aware of city and county laws about shooting your own fireworks. And for heaven’s sake, DON’T wear flip-flops when you start igniting the fuses – even harmless sparklers can drop hot embers in-between tender little kid toes. I speak from experience.

father with child standing on the hill and watching the firework

Joe Davis Stadium

Date: Friday, July 4th
Location: 3125 Leeman Ferry Road, Huntsville (
Time: 6:30 PM
Cost: $8 (adult) & $6 (youth) or $4 with RCM discount*

What’s more American than baseball? The Huntsville Stars will face off with the Jackson Generals at 6:30 PM, followed by one of the longest-standing fireworks shows in town. These guys know how to do it right. *To redeem your RCM discount at the box office, follow us on Facebook or Twitter the day of the game and show our post/tweet about the discount at the box office. 

U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Fireworks Extravaganza

Date: Friday, July 4th
Location: One Tranquility Base, Huntsville (map)
Time: 6-10PM
Cost: $20 per vehicle, pre-registration for parking pass required.

Celebrate the 4th Rocket City style! There’s so much more to this event than their spectacular fireworks show… guests are encouraged to arrive as early as 6PM to enjoy all the on-site activities. (Also, children 12 and under get in free to the museum all day Friday!) Build paper rockets, meet Lady Liberty, and visit the bounce house in the Kids Zone. Explore the Rocket Park and ride the G-Force, Space Shot, and Kids Cosmos. Meet USSRC’s mascots, TOPPS and RamJet, and enjoy listening to the patriotic brass of the 274th Army Materiel Command Band – all before fireworks start at 9PM.

Village of Providence

Date: Friday, July 4th
7 Town Center Drive, Huntsville (map)

The folks over at the Village of Providence have really been putting their all into this new entertainment district identity. Along with their free movies and free concerts, they are now adding free fireworks! Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants at VoP including family-favorite Mellow Mushroom and then catch the show including live music on the greenspace next door.

Dublin Park’s “Stars & Stripes Forever”

Date: Friday, July 4th
Location: Park at Bob Jones High School with free shuttle service (map)
Time: 2PM-10PM
Cost: FREE

The Annual City of Madison July 4th Celebration will include fun for all ages at Dublin Park! Children and adults alike can enjoy sliding down the giant slide, climb the mountain or try to find their way through the 70-ft obstacle course. Bring a swimsuit & towel, because if you get too hot, take a splash down the the 62-ft water slide or sit underneath the giant tent in the shade. Activities begin at 2PM with fireworks starting at around 9 PM. No parking at Dublin Park – shuttles & buses will start running from Bob Jones High School as early as 1:30PM.

Point Mallard’s “Spirit of America” Festival

Date: Friday, July 4th
Location: 2901 Point Mallard Drive, Decatur (map)
Time: 8PM
Cost: FREE

This star-spangled event in Decatur is in its 48th year and although they’ve cut back on the activities it still promises to be one of the largest fireworks shows in North Alabama and with an earlier start time of 9PM.

Fireworks in Athens

Date: Friday, July 4th
Location: 100 U.S. 31, Athens (map)
Time: Starts at dark (8:30-9PM)
Cost: FREE

If you’re looking for a safe, low-key fireworks show with a down-home feel, you should make the drive to Athens. Friends and neighbors bring their lawn chairs and blankets to Athens High School and tailgate until the show begins at dusk, roughly 8:30PM.
Bonus Pick!

“Red, White, & Fun” at Sci-Quest

Date: Friday, July 4th
1435 Paramount Drive, Huntsville (map)
General Admission – FREE all day to military personnel – active and retired – and their families.

Before rockets glare and fireworks are in the air, declare your right to have some science fun with red, white and blue experiments and activities. This 4th of July, learn why fireworks are different colors and make an explosive fireworks hat. See an eruption of patriotic foam in red, white and blue.