Fireworks for the Fourth

Watch the fireworks explode over Washington Hall when The American Village hosts Independence Day 1776. Photo courtesy of The American Village.

If you are looking for a local venue to enjoy the July 4 holiday, check out these popular spots:

The Big Kaboom
The city of Chelsea is planning its sixth annual Big Kaboom event the evening of July 3 at Chelsea Park subdivision. Pre-show entertainment begins at 8 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. If you can see the water tower, you will be able to see the fireworks.

Entertainment Coordinator Wayne Morris told us some favorite local singers are planned. Mary Padgette, a rising junior at Chelsea High School, will be performing. Mary has been selected as a contestant on an upcoming season of NBC’s The Voice. Other performers planned include Haley Spates Mims, Edwina Chappell, Tammy Mularski, and an ensemble from Liberty Baptist Church.  To get to the entertainment area, turn at the first left, which is the first round-about, after entering Chelsea Park. The stage will be set up at the playground area down the hill on the left.

The fireworks are produced by the same company that coordinates Thunder on the Mountain. Local radio station WAPI 100.5 FM and 1070 AM will broadcast music for the fireworks show.

Free soft drinks will be provided by Pepsi, and other local vendors will have food available to purchase.

Thunder on the Mountain
A longstanding tradition in Birmingham is to light up the skies above Vulcan Park and Museum on the Fourth of July. Beginning at 9 p.m., Thunder on the Mountain 2012 will be a 20-minute fireworks extravaganza simulcast on area radio stations including WZZK 104.7 FM.

It is best to have a clear view of Vulcan, but remember Vulcan Park and Museum closes that day at 6 p.m. to prepare the “launch site” for the show.

Independence Day 1776 at The American Village
Montevallo’s American Village comes alive on July 4. Gates open at 11 a.m. with special programming starting at noon. A fireworks display starts that evening at dusk over Washington Hall.

The skies over Vulcan will be lit up again this year for Thunder on the Mountain 2012. Photo courtesy of Vulcan Park and Museum.

Costumed historical interpreters featuring George Washington, Patrick Henry, Abigail Adams and more of our nation’s founders will tell the inspiring stories of 1776. There will be patriotic music, 18th century entertainment and just about everything that can make you “proud to be an American.”

Admission is $5 for adults and children five and older. Active duty military and veterans are admitted free, as are children four and younger.

Morgan Creek Vineyards
Harpersville’s Morgan Creek Vineyards will host a concert and fireworks event from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on July 4. Special musical guest is Tekneek.

They invite you to pack a picnic or purchase Full Moon BBQ at the event. The vineyards will be open for wine tastings and tours.


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