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July 4th celebrations across Alabama

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

The celebrations include traditions like Thunder on the Mountain in Birmingham, fireworks at the U.S.S. Alabama Battleship in Mobile, the July 4th celebration at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville and Independence Day at American Village in Montevallo. Other events include cardboard boat races in Prattville, all-you-can-eat watermelon at the Watermelon Festival in Grand Bay, fireworks on the beach in Gulf Shores and a boat parade on Lake Wedowee. Nationally known musicians will perform at the Shoals Spirit of Freedom in Florence and families can enjoy all-day entertainment on Smith Lake in Cullman.

The Alabama Tourism Department has compiled the following list of July 4th celebrations across the state.

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

Alexander City celebrates at the Lake Martin Amphitheater (The AMP) with live music and one 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, www.russelllandsonlakemartin.com.

Athens Fireworks Show: (Athens) June 30 – July 7

Families can enjoy a week of celebrations in Athens beginning with the fireworks show on June 30th to movies and the reading of the Declaration of Independence. 256.232.5411, www.visitathensal.com

Auburn 4th of July Celebration: (Auburn) July 4

The City of Auburn July 4th celebration includes food, live music and fireworks at 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, www.auburnalabama.org.

Thunder on the Mountain: (Birmingham) July 4

Birmingham's traditional fireworks display takes place atop Red Mountain at Vulcan Park and Museum. Fireworks will illuminate the skies above Birmingham beginning at 9 p.m. 205.933.1409, www.visitvulcan.com.

The Big Kaboom Fireworks Celebration: (Chelsea) July 3

The event features fireworks, entertainment and other activities. 9 p.m., 205.669.9075, www.cityofchelsea.com.

Cherokee Independence Day Celebration: (Cherokee) June 30

Families can enjoy food, arts and crafts, street dancing, music and fireworks. Noon-until. 256.577.0994, 256.383.0783, www.colbertcountytourism.org.

Smith Lake Independence Day Festival: (Cullman) July 4

The celebration takes place at Smith Lake Park with all-day entertainment. Some of the festivities include putt-putt golf, a water slide, arts and crafts and a fireworks show on the water. 256.734.0454, www.cullmancountyparks.com.

Daphne Jubilee Independence Day Fireworks Display: (Daphne) July 4

Fireworks will light up the skies above Daphne on Mobile Bay at the Trione Sports Park. Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested. 251.621.8222, www.daphneal.com.

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

Families can celebrate the 4th at the area's largest free patriotic festival featuring 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, www.spiritofamericafestival.com

Freedom on the River: (Demopolis) July 4  

Kids will enjoy a patriotic parade, food vendors and fireworks, all on the banks of the Tombigbee River at the City Landing. 6-10 p.m. www.demopolischamber.com, 334.289.0270.

Family 4th Celebration: (Dothan) July 4

Dothan celebrates the 4th at the Amphitheatre at Center Stage. Gates open at 2 p.m. with bands performing all day. Some of the acts featured include Los Locos, Southern Chain Gang and The Eastwood Drive Band. Nationally acclaimed recording artists and country music legends, Shenandoah will then take the stage for a 90-minute concert beginning at 7:30. 334.699.1475, www.Family4thCelebration.com.

Shoals Spirit of Freedom Celebration: (Florence) July 4

Nationally-known musicians will perform all day at McFarland Park. The celebration includes food, fun, activities and more, followed by a large fireworks show. 10:00 a.m.-10 p.m., 256.740.4141, www.VisitFlorenceAL.com.

Freedom Fest 2012: (Fort Rucker) July 3

Freedom Fest takes 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 the area's largest fireworks shows. Enjoy aircraft displays, a kid's zone with inflatables, food and merchandise vendors. The 98th Army Silver Wings Band will kick off the evening's musical festivities, followed by rising country music star Natalie Stovall. Headlining the evening event is Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band. This event is free and open to the public. 334.255.1749.

Patriot's Association Independence Day Celebration: (Gadsden) July 4

Gadsden's celebrations takes place downtown on the banks of the Coosa River beginning at 9 p.m. 256.467.6360

Grand Bay Watermelon Festival: (Grand Bay) July 4

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

Independence Day Celebration: (Grant) July 4

The Independence Day celebration takes place in Grant Town Park and will include music, crafts, food and fireworks. 6:30-9:30 p.m., 256.728.3250, www.grantchamberofcommerce.com

Celebrate America: (Greenville) July 4

A free event hosted by the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce at Greenville High School's Tiger Stadium includes fireworks, free watermelon and drinks. Gates Open at 7:30 p.m. Patriotic Program narrated by the Butler County Ministerial Association at 8:00 p.m. and a spectacular fireworks at 9 p.m. 334.382.3251, www.greenville-alabama.com.

Gulf Shores Independence Day (Gulf Shores Main Beach) July 4

Families can celebrate our nation's birthday with fireworks on the beach. Festivities begin at 9 p.m. and are visible on any area of Gulf Shores beach. Tune radios to 105.7 to hear patriotic music during the show. 2512.968.1172, www.gulfshoresal.gov

An All-American Celebration: (Lake Guntersville) July 4

Enjoy fireworks over Lake Guntersville beginning at 9 p.m. Bring your chair or blanket. 256.582.3612.

Sand Mountain Potato Festival: (Henager) July 4

Celebrate Sand Mountain's agricultural heritage and the 4th of July with live music, games, arts and crafts, and fireworks. Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the fireworks. 10 a.m.-until 888.805.4740, www.discoverlookoutmountain.com.

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

Huntsville celebrates Independence in style with fireworks over the Saturn V Rocket. The event is 6-10 p.m. It includes a kid's zone, music, the 274th Army Material Command Band and others. It's a family-friendly event and cost $20.00 per vehicle. Fireworks will fly over the Saturn V Rocket at approximately 9 p.m. There is a limited number of passes available and reservations must be made online prior to the event. www.rocketcenter.com.  

July 4th Fireworks Display: (Luverne) July 4

The city of Luverne and Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce hosts fireworks at Turner Park beginning at 8:30 p.m.334.335.4468, www.crenshawcounty.net.

USS Alabama Fireworks Show: (Mobile) July 4

Annual fireworks display at 9 p.m. at the USS Alabama Battleship Park preceded by performance of the Mobile Pops Orchestra at 7 p.m. 251.470-7730, www.cityofmobile.org.

Independence Day at American Village: (Montevallo) July 4

Families will enjoy a patriotic daylong celebration honoring veterans and celebrating America's independence in the style of 1776. Activities include music, food, children's activities and the evening concludes with a fireworks show. Admission charged. 205.665.3535, www.americanvillage.org.

4th of July Celebration: (Montgomery) July 4

Join the city of Montgomery and WSFA 12 as they present this year's 4th of July Celebration at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre featuring music by Blackberry Smoke. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and musical performances include the Spike Graham Band at 7 p.m. followed by Blackberry Smoke at 8 p.m. Fireworks immediately follow the Biscuits baseball game. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show. 334.625.2100, www.funontheriver.net.  

Independence Day at Old Alabama Town: (Montgomery) July 4

Families can spend the holiday learning how early Alabamians lived and worked. Self-guided tours 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission charged. 888.240.1850, www.oldalabamatown.com.

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

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

Celebration at Perdido Beach Resort: (Perdido Beach) July 6

The Perdido Beach Resort is hosting a holiday extravaganza featuring BBQ, live music on the beach deck and fireworks. 800.634.8001, www.perdidobeachresort.com

4th of 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 the Grand in Point Clear. 251.928.9201, www.marriottgrand.com.

Independence Day Celebration: (Prattville) July 4

A parade begins downtown 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 fireworks get underway at dark. Gates open at 6 p.m. with live entertainment and food vendors. 334.358.0297, www.prattvilleal.gov

4th of July on the Tennessee River: (Scottsboro) July 4

Bring the blankets and lawn chairs for music, entertainment, boat parade, food, and fireworks show at the Goose Pond Amphitheater. 800.268.2884, www.jacksoncountychamber.com.

4th of July Walking Parade: (Sheffield) July 4

The entire family will enjoy an old-fashioned walking parade featuring everything from baby carriages to wagons. 10 a.m., 256.381.3907, 256.383.0783, www.visitSheffieldAL.com.

Trussville Freedom Celebration: (Trussville) July 4

Trussville will celebrate the 4th of July with music, food and a fireworks spectacular at dusk. The Freedom Celebration starts at 6 p.m. on The Mall. The Band, "Act of Congress," will perform at 8 p.m. Enjoy a great time with free rides and inflatables for kids of all ages.  www.trussvillefreedomcelebration.com.

July Jubilee: (Tuscaloosa) July 4-5

The celebration in downtown Tuscaloosa includes live entertainment, food vendors and an evening fireworks display. 205.391.9200.

4th of July Boat Parade: (Wedowee) July 4

Visitors will see boats and personal watercrafts on Lake Wedowee decorated with a patriotic theme. Parade begins 10 a.m. 256.276.7959, www.lakewedoweelife.com.

4th of July Celebration: (Wetumpka) July 4

Enjoy a street dance, children's activities, live music and fireworks in downtown Wetumpka. 5 p.m.-until, 334.567.5147, www.cityofWetumpka.com.