July 4th celebrations across Alabama

Fireworks,barbecue and live entertainment top the list of festivities at July 4thholiday celebrations across Alabama this summer season. Visitors can choosefrom more than 30 family-friendly events.

Thecelebrations include traditions like Thunder on the Mountain in Birmingham,fireworks at the U.S.S. Alabama Battleship in Mobile, the July 4thcelebration at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville andIndependence Day at American Village in Montevallo. Other events includecardboard boat races in Prattville, all-you-can-eat watermelon at theWatermelon Festival in Grand Bay, fireworks on the beach in Gulf Shores and aboat parade on Lake Wedowee. Nationally known musicians will perform at theShoals Spirit of Freedom in Florence and families can enjoy all-dayentertainment on Smith Lake in Cullman.

The AlabamaTourism Department has compiled the following list of July 4thcelebrations across the state.

10thAnnual 4th of July Blast: (Alexander City) July 4

AlexanderCity celebrates at the Lake Martin Amphitheater (The AMP) with live music andone of the largest fireworks displays in the Southeast. Gates open at 5 p.m.with music from 6-9 p.m. fireworks from 9-9:45 p.m. 256.329.0835,

AthensFireworks Show: (Athens) June 30 - July 7

Families canenjoy a week of celebrations in Athens beginning with the fireworks show onJune 30th to movies and the reading of the Declaration ofIndependence. 256.232.5411,

Auburn4th of July Celebration: (Auburn) July 4

The City ofAuburn July 4th celebration includes food, live music and fireworksat Duck Samford Park. Gates open at 6 p.m., entertainment begins at 7 p.m.followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. 334.887.8747,

Thunderon the Mountain: (Birmingham) July 4

Birmingham'straditional fireworks display takes place atop Red Mountain at Vulcan Park andMuseum. Fireworks will illuminate the skies above Birmingham beginning at 9p.m. 205.933.1409,

TheBig Kaboom Fireworks Celebration: (Chelsea) July 3

The eventfeatures fireworks, entertainment and other activities. 9 p.m., 205.669.9075,

CherokeeIndependence Day Celebration: (Cherokee) June 30

Families canenjoy food, arts and crafts, street dancing, music and fireworks. Noon-until.256.577.0994, 256.383.0783,

SmithLake Independence Day Festival: (Cullman) July 4

Thecelebration takes place at Smith Lake Park with all-day entertainment. Some ofthe festivities include putt-putt golf, a water slide, arts and crafts and afireworks show on the water. 256.734.0454,

DaphneJubilee Independence Day Fireworks Display: (Daphne) July 4

Fireworkswill light up the skies above Daphne on Mobile Bay at the Trione Sports Park.Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested. 251.621.8222,

46thAnnual Spirit of America Festival: (Decatur-Point Mallard Park) July 3-4

Families cancelebrate the 4th at the area's largest free patriotic festivalfeaturing awards, the Miss Point Mallard Pageant, children's activities area,musical entertainment and a large fireworks show. Fireworks July 4 at 10 p.m.800.524.6181,

Freedomon the River: (Demopolis) July 4 {}

Kids willenjoy a patriotic parade, food vendors and fireworks, all on the banks of theTombigbee River at the City Landing. 6-10 p.m.,334.289.0270.

Family4th Celebration: (Dothan) July 4

Dothancelebrates the 4th at the Amphitheatre at Center Stage. Gates openat 2 p.m. with bands performing all day. Some of the acts featured include Los Locos, Southern Chain Gang andThe Eastwood Drive Band. Nationallyacclaimed recording artists and country music legends, Shenandoah will then takethe stage for a 90-minute concert beginning at 7:30. 334.699.1475,

ShoalsSpirit of Freedom Celebration: (Florence) July 4

Nationally-knownmusicians will perform all day at McFarland Park. The celebration includesfood, fun, activities and more, followed by a large fireworks show. 10:00a.m.-10 p.m., 256.740.4141,

FreedomFest 2012: (Fort Rucker) July 3

Freedom Festtakes place at Fort Rucker's Festival Fields on July 3rd from 3:30 p.m.-10 p.m.Enjoy a day of food, activities, exhibits, and fun, culminating in one of thearea's largest fireworks shows.{}Enjoy aircraft displays, a kid's zone withinflatables, food and merchandise vendors.{}The 98th Army Silver Wings Bandwill kick off the evening's musical festivities, followed by rising countrymusic star Natalie Stovall.{}Headlining the evening event is Gary Siniseand the Lt. Dan Band.{}This event is free and open to the public.334.255.1749.

Patriot'sAssociation Independence Day Celebration: (Gadsden) July 4

Gadsden'scelebrations takes place downtown on the banks of the Coosa River beginning at9 p.m. 256.467.6360

GrandBay Watermelon Festival: (Grand Bay) July 4

The day offamily-fun begins at 8 a.m. with all-you-can-eat watermelon, entertainment,arts and crafts and children's activities. 251.367.8646,

IndependenceDay Celebration: (Grant) July 4

TheIndependence Day celebration takes place in Grant Town Park and will includemusic, crafts, food and fireworks. 6:30-9:30 p.m., 256.728.3250,

CelebrateAmerica: (Greenville) July 4

A free eventhosted by the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce at Greenville High School'sTiger Stadium includes fireworks, free watermelon and drinks. Gates Open at7:30 p.m. Patriotic Program{}narrated by the Butler County Ministerial Associationat 8:00 p.m. and a spectacular fireworks at 9 p.m. 334.382.3251,{}

GulfShores Independence Day (Gulf Shores Main Beach) July 4

Families cancelebrate our nation's birthday with fireworks on the beach. Festivities beginat 9 p.m. and are visible on any area of Gulf Shores beach. Tune radios to105.7 to hear patriotic music during the show. 2512.968.1172,

AnAll-American Celebration: (Lake Guntersville) July 4

Enjoyfireworks over Lake Guntersville beginning at 9 p.m. Bring your chair orblanket. 256.582.3612.

SandMountain Potato Festival: (Henager) July 4

Celebrate SandMountain's agricultural heritage and the 4th of July with livemusic, games, arts and crafts, and fireworks. Families are encouraged to bringlawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the fireworks. 10 a.m.-until 888.805.4740,

U.S.Space & Rocket Center July 4th Fireworks Celebration:(Huntsville) July 4

Huntsvillecelebrates Independence in style with fireworks over the Saturn VRocket.{}The event is 6-10 p.m. It includes a kid's zone, music, the 274thArmy Material Command Band and others.{}It's a family-friendly event andcost $20.00 per vehicle. Fireworks will fly over the Saturn V Rocket atapproximately 9 p.m. There is a limited number of passes available and reservationsmust be made online prior to the event.{}{}

July4th Fireworks Display: (Luverne) July 4

The city ofLuverne and Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce hosts fireworks at Turner Parkbeginning at 8:30 p.m.334.335.4468,

USSAlabama Fireworks Show: (Mobile) July 4

Annualfireworks display at 9 p.m. at the USS Alabama Battleship Park preceded byperformance of the Mobile Pops Orchestra at 7 p.m. 251.470-7730,

IndependenceDay at American Village: (Montevallo) July 4

Families willenjoy a patriotic daylong celebration honoring veterans and celebratingAmerica's independence in the style of 1776. Activities include music, food,children's activities and the evening concludes with a fireworks show. Admissioncharged. 205.665.3535,

4thof July Celebration: (Montgomery) July 4

Join the cityof Montgomery and WSFA 12 as they present this year's 4th of JulyCelebration at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre featuring music by Blackberry Smoke.Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and musical performances include the Spike GrahamBand at 7 p.m. followed by Blackberry Smoke at 8 p.m. Fireworks immediatelyfollow the Biscuits baseball game. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the dayof the show. 334.625.2100,{}

IndependenceDay at Old Alabama To (Montgomery) July 4

Families canspend the holiday learning how early Alabamians lived and worked. Self-guidedtours 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission charged. 888.240.1850,

7thAnnual "4th at the Wharf": (Orange Beach) July 4

See aspectacular fireworks extravaganza at the Wharf to include live entertainment,patriotic music and dedications. 7 p.m.-midnight. Admission charged.251.224.1012.

Celebrationat Perdido Beach Resort: (Perdido Beach) July 6

The PerdidoBeach Resort is hosting a holiday extravaganza featuring BBQ, live music on thebeach deck and fireworks. 800.634.8001,

4thof July at the Grand Hotel: (Point Clear) July 4-8

Enjoy games,art, the pool and the spa before the fireworks light up the skies above theGrand in Point Clear. 251.928.9201,

IndependenceDay Celebration: (Prattville) July 4

A parade beginsdowntown at 9 a.m. followed by a BBQ & stew sale at Pratt Park at 10 a.m.Cardboard boat races take place at the city pool at 10 a.m. and the fireworksget underway at dark. Gates open at 6 p.m. with live entertainment and foodvendors. 334.358.0297,

4thof July on the Tennessee River: (Scottsboro) July 4

Bring theblankets and lawn chairs for music, entertainment, boat parade, food, andfireworks show at the Goose Pond Amphitheater. 800.268.2884,

4thof July Walking Parade: (Sheffield) July 4

The entirefamily will enjoy an old-fashioned walking parade featuring everything frombaby carriages to wagons. 10 a.m., 256.381.3907, 256.383.0783,

TrussvilleFreedom Celebration: (Trussville) July 4

Trussvillewill celebrate the 4th of July with music, food and a fireworksspectacular at dusk. The Freedom Celebration starts at 6 p.m. on TheMall.{}The Band, "Act of Congress," will perform at 8 p.m. Enjoy a greattime with free rides and inflatables for kids of all ages.{}

JulyJubilee: (Tuscaloosa) July 4-5

Thecelebration in downtown Tuscaloosa includes live entertainment, food vendors andan evening fireworks display. 205.391.9200.

4thof July Boat Parade: (Wedowee) July 4

Visitors willsee boats and personal watercrafts on Lake Wedowee decorated with a patriotictheme. Parade begins 10 a.m. 256.276.7959,

4thof July Celebration: (Wetumpka) July 4

Enjoy astreet dance, children's activities, live music and fireworks in downtownWetumpka. 5 p.m.-until, 334.567.5147,