Fireworks Finder: Many July 4th Events Still On, Despite The Rain

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(WHNT) – It’s a rainy 4th, but many fireworks celebrations will go on rain or shine.  We’ve listed details below.

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No fireworks this year – instead, the city will have a downtown music festival August 9-10.


-Athens High School: Fourth of July fireworks display will begin when night falls, around 8 or 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.  Organizers say fireworks will go on rain or shine, unless there are high winds.  Admission is free. People are encouraged to bring chairs because the high school stadium will be closed. Parking is available at the high school and area businesses.


-Smith Lake Park: The Smith Lake Park 4th of July Blowout fireworks display begins at 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. The fireworks display will be set up behind the pool in the beach area. Admission is $5.


Hopewell Baptist Church will hold a free event Sunday, July 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. Free BBQ sandwiches, chips, drinks, snow cones, cotton candy, bounce house, water slide, face painting, bluegrass bands, a LifeSouth blood drive and more.  Fireworks at 9 p.m.  Bring lawn chairs – everyone welcome.  Church is located at 416 Hopewell Road, Danville, AL 35619.


-2013 Spirit of America Festival at Point Mallard Park: Festival is still on, but children’s activities are cancelled due to the rain.  The fireworks display begins at 10 p.m. unless there is lightning.

-Pickwick Belle Spirit of America Fireworks Cruise: Watch the Spirit of America Festival fireworks display on the river on Thursday, July 4. The cruise sets sail from Ingalls Harbor at 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. Boarding begins at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $59.99 per person. Reservations are required.

-Pickwick Belle Sightseeing Cruise: The Fourth of July sightseeing cruise boards at 11:30 a.m. at Ingalls Harbor on Thursday, July 4. The cruise is from 12-1:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $12 to $22. Reservations are not required.

Fayetteville, Tenn.:

-Shadow Valley Gospel Music Festival: The three night music festival is July 4, 5 and 6 starting at 6 p.m. at 54 Warden Road (Off Highway 231 North). Tickets are $15 at the door, advanced tickets are $13 and children 12 and under are free.


-Shoals Spirit of Freedom Celebration at McFarland Park: On July 4, live music begins at 1 p.m. and the fireworks display begins at 9 p.m. The show will go on unless there is lightning or high winds – organizers say they’re staying in close contact with emergency officials who are watching the weather closely.  Admission is free. Parking is available at the park. Also, parking downtown is available with a trolley transporting people to and from the park. To ride the trolley, there is a fee of $1 per person, per way.

Fort Payne:

-Celebration was Tuesday, July 2.


-Lake Guntersville: The best viewing area for the fireworks display is Civitan Park and LB Wallace on Lake Guntersville. On Thursday, July 4 the fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. and last approximately 30 minutes.  Show is still on despite the weather. Would be postponed only in the event of a torrential downpour or lightning, according to Guntersville Police Chief Jim Peterson.


-Sand Mountain Potato Festival at Henagar Park: The free event begins with a parade at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 4. Henagar Park is located on Alabama Highway 75. Parking is $2 per vehicle.


-Joe Davis Stadium: Fireworks were shown Wednesday after the game.

-Sci-Quest’s Red, White and Fun!: Learn how fireworks are made on Thursday, July 4 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Activities are included with general admission. Free admission all day to active and retired military personnel and their families.

– U.S. Space & Rocket Center: The events on Thursday, July 4 are from 6-10 p.m.  Most activities have been moved indoors.  Organizers are watching the weather closely.  Currently, the fireworks are scheduled for approximately 9 p.m.  You must purchase a $20 parking pass per vehicle for entry. The Museum will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and children under 12 have free admission. Huntsville Police will direct traffic before and after the event.

The Huntsville Police Department warns drivers to be attentive of slow moving and standing parking in these areas. Drivers are not allowed to stop or park on roadways, shoulders or medians to view fireworks displays.

-The Huntsville Dragway will host a Pro Mod drag racing event Friday.  Live concert at 9pm. Tux Shop Hero will perform, and there will be fireworks right after the concert.


-Dublin Park: The celebration is from 2-10 p.m. on July 4. The fireworks display will begin shortly after sunset. Parking will be available at Bob Jones High School on Hughes Road. Dublin Park will be closed to all traffic, except handicapped parking. School buses and shuttle buses will transport people to and from the event.


No fireworks.


-Jam on Sloss Lake Fourth of July Celebration – Thursday’s car show is cancelled and rescheduled for Saturday, July 6.    This is not connected to the music and fireworks show – fireworks are still scheduled to begin about 9:40 p.m. The best place to view the display is anywhere on the west side of Sloss Lake.


-4th of July Walking Parade: The Fourth of July parade begins at 10 a.m. in front of the Sheffield Public Library on North Montgomery Avenue on Thursday, July 4. The parade route continues from the library to the Veterans Memorial and then to Gordon Park. Participants are encouraged to wear patriotic colors.


-Goose Pond Colony Plantation: The Fourth of July celebration begins with musical entertainment at 6 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. Admission is free. Guests are encouraged to being chairs to the event.


Fireworks were Tuesday evening.


No fireworks this year.

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