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Fireworks and the 4th in Huntsville

WEATHER UPDATE July 3rd:
Most events listed here will go on rain or shine according to interviews on WAFF 48 from the organizations listed below. When in doubt, call or check websites for the most current info before you head out!

There’s lots of great ways to say “Happy Birthday, America!” in Huntsville and the surrounding areas this week, you just have to know where to look. (Hint: the answer is always Rocket City Mom.)

We pulled together a list of all the great Independence Day events and fireworks show to make it easy to plan how your family will celebrate.

If you 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.

Click the titles below to go straight to event websites for more details.


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father with child standing on the hill and watching the firework

Joe Davis Stadium

Wednesday, July 3rd
What’s more American than baseball? The Huntsville Stars will face off with the Chattanooga Lookouts at 6:30 PM, followed by one of the longest-standing fireworks show in town. These guys know how to do it right.
Cost: Game tickets are $8 for Adults, Youth 4-12 are $5, under 4 are free.

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

Thursday, July 4th
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 Thursday!) 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 10PM. Pre-registration for parking pass required.
Cost: $20 per vehicle, no matter how many people are in it!

Bridge Street Town Centre Patriotic Concert

DESIAH, a music group made up of six talented teens from Los Angeles, will perform a free outdoor concert at 6PM on Bridge Street’s North Stage across from BLUE MedSpa. The watercraft rentals are scheduled to open tonight, and this is a perfect place to watch USSRC fireworks if you forgot to make your parking pass reservation.
Cost: FREE, unless you count that mandatory ice cream from Maggie Moo’s.

Point Mallard’s “Spirit of America” Festival

Thursday, July 4th
This star-spangled event in Decatur is in its 46th year and was named a Top 20 Event for July by the Southeast Tourism Society. The festival opens at 4PM and keeps an action-packed schedule – including a Children’s Area with face painting and inflatables, bluegrass music, bike parade, ping pong ball drop, hula hoop contest, various demonstrations, and concludes with a huge fireworks show at 10PM. Whew!
Cost: FREE


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Dublin Park’s “Stars & Stripes Forever”

Thursday, July 4th
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 8:30 PM (or dark-thirty). No parking at Dublin Park – shuttles & buses will start running from Bob JOnes High School as early as 1:30PM.
Cost: FREE

“Red, White, & Fun” at Sci-Quest

Thursday, July 4th
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. Plus everyone will get a free ice cream sandwich during 10:30AM – 2:30PM.
Cost: FREE admission all day to military personnel – active and retired – and their families. Red, White, and Fun! activities are included with general admission.

Fireworks in Athens

Thursday, July 4th
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. If you really want to make a day of it, head to the Alabama Veteran’s Museum down the road at 11AM for a free showing of “The Patriot”, popcorn included.
Cost: FREE


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