A billion (or so) reasons to be in Huntsville, Alabama for July 4th weekend

By Jessica Carlton

 

*Editor’s note: Dates, times, and other relevant event information has been updated in this blog to accurately reflect 2016 activities.

 

Ok. Ok. We don’t really have ONE BILLION reasons, but we have a lot of reasons we think you would have a blast (we can’t help the space puns) in Huntsville, Alabama for the upcoming holiday weekend.

Independence Day falls on a Monday this year. Which means you can plan a WHOLE weekend of awesomely fun things to do to celebrate in advance! But before we get too far, we have to go ahead and get right down to it:

Will you be in Huntsville for the 4th of July this year? If your answer is ‘yes,’ you’ve made a great choice. There are many different activities to choose from (in fact, we’ve got a great list below!). If your answer is ‘no,’ we’re going to try to convince you to pay us a visit. If you’re thinking, “Maybe, but I’m not convinced,” well, all we have to say to that is: “Challenge very happily accepted!”

So, from us to you, here’s why you need to be spend the weekend in Huntsville for Independence Day 2016.

 

THREE Great Options for watching fireworks

 

July 4th Celebration at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center

 

Fireworks Extravaganza at U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama via iHeartHsv.com

 

When: Monday, July 4th

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., fireworks display at 9 p.m.

Location: U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC)

Address: One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805

Phone: (256) 837-3400

Admission: Children 12 and under get in free on Monday, July 4th! Regular admission prices still applicable for guests 13 and older.

Click here to visit their website.

 

What to expect: Huntsville’s largest fireworks display and July 4th celebration! Bring the whole family and enjoy patriotic entertainment and breathtaking fireworks – the largest show in town. During open museum hours, guests can enjoy special performances by Redstone Arsenal’s Army Materiel Command band and activities to celebrate NASA’s return to Jupiter as NASA’s Juno spacecraft begins its Jupiter Orbital Insertion maneuver and prepares to capture remarkable images of Milky Way’s Gas Giant for the first time in 16 years.

PRO Tip #1: Parking passes for the fireworks show will not be sold this year. In addition, the Davidson Center for Space Exploration parking lot will be closed for guest safety. Parking in the main lot will be extremely limited, so viewers are encouraged to watch the fireworks display from available areas within the vicinity of the USSRC. Fireworks are scheduled to start at 9 p.m.

PRO Tip #2: Check out the Huntsville Botanical Garden’s (just a few minutes’ drive from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center) Purdy Butterfly House AND don’t miss Summer Smart Play at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center during operating hours.

 

 

City of Madison Stars & Stripes Forever July 4th Celebration & Fireworks Show

 

City of Madison Stars and Stripes Forever July 4th Celebration in Madison, Alabama via iHeartHsv.com

 

When: Monday, July 4th

Times: 2-7 p.m. games and activities

2 p.m. – Closing:  food trucks/vendors, 7 p.m. concert followed by fireworks

Location: Dublin Park

Address: 8324 Madison Pike Madison, Alabama

Phone: (256) 772-9300

Admission: FREE!

Click here to view more information.

What to expect:  Enjoy activities, music and food vendors throughout the afternoon and evening. Special guest, Jonathan Wyndham from NBC’s The Voice will perform at 7 p.m. and a fireworks display will close the festivities around 9 p.m. Parking for the event will be at Bob Jones High School with shuttle services provided by the City of Madison. Shuttle services will begin running at 1:45 p.m. with the last pick up at 8:45 p.m. Following the event, the shuttles will take you back to Bob Jones High School. Handicap parking ONLY will be allowed at Dublin Park.

 

4th of July Celebration at the Village of Providence

 

Fireworks in the Village of Providence in Huntsville, Alabama via iHeartHsv.com

Photo via Village of Providence’s Facebook page

 

When: Monday, July 4th

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Address: 7 Town Center Drive Huntsville, AL 35806 (off of Highway 72)

Phone: (256) 683-5866

Admission: FREE!

Check out their website here.

What to expect: Bring blankets & chairs.  Some of the dining establishments will provide delivery service and other specials. The U.S. Army Concert Band will perform followed by fireworks.

Hotel PRO tip: Stay the night at Homewood Suites- Village of Providence and experience the brand-new renovations, including a revamped patio area and outdoor bar area.

 

 

Over 20 special activities to choose from for the holiday weekend

Before your 4th of July celebration, check out these events happening 4th of July weekend in Huntsville and add them to your to-do list.

For a full list of events happening during this time, click here.

 

Spend the weekend at Bridge Street Town Centre

 

Pop Jet fountain at Bridge Street Town Centre in Huntsville, Alabama via iHeartHsv.com

Just a few minutes drive from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center  is Bridge Street Town Centre (you can see a great view of the Saturn V moon rocket from some spots here). An open-air, European themed shopping destination, you could spend hours upon hours shopping, eating and enjoying the beautiful views.

Here are a couple of things you can do at Bridge Street to celebrate the 4th.

-Can’t make it to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center to watch the fireworks? No worries! Catch a great glimpse from nearby Bridge Street.

-Enjoy Bridge Street’s Pop Jet Fountain, train rides or carousel in your breaks between shopping!

 

 

 

City Lights & Stars Concert at Burritt on the Mountain

 

City Lights & Stars Concert at Burritt on the Mountain in Huntsville, Alabama via iHeartHsv.com

 

When: Friday, July 1

Times: Gates open at 6:30 p.m., music begins at 7:30 p.m.

Location: Burritt on the Mountain

Phone: (256) 536-2882

Admission: Burritt Member: $10 Non Burritt Member: $12

More info on City Lights & Stars here.

What to expect: Pack a picnic, dress casually, bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a spectacular view of the city while listening to great music.

PRO Tip: Be sure to grab a bite to eat from the food trucks that will be at the concert: Bad Newz Bar B Que, I Love Bacon and Frosty Halls Ice Cream!

 

 

Huntsville Ghost Walk

 

Huntsville Ghost Walk in Huntsville, Alabama via iHeartHsv.com

Photo via Huntsville Ghost Walk’s Facebook Page

 

When: Saturday, July 2

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Tour begins at Harrison Brothers Hardware

Address: 124 South Side Square, Huntsville, AL 35801

Phone: (256) 509-3940

Admission: Admission charged

Learn more at their website here.

What to expect: Who is the angry ghost in the courthouse? What is the story behind the haunting tune phantom children sing while playing on Walker Street? Learn the answers to these questions and many more.

PRO Tip: Wear comfy shoes!

 

Concerts in the Park

 

When: Monday, July 4th

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Location: Big Spring International Park

Address: 200 Church St., Huntsville, AL 35801

Phone: (256) 519-2787

Admission: Free

Learn more at their website here.

What to expect: Not one, but TWO performances (for the price of none)! The Huntsville Concert Band and In the Mood swing band will put on a show worthy of Lady Liberty herself. Break out the lawn chair, bring your favorite picnic foods from home or enjoy the good eats provided by the food trucks that will be on site.

 

 

 

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Jessica Carlton, a native of Huntsville, Alabama, has been a fangirl of NASA and Star Trek since before birth she can remember. She’s also a sucker for West Wing and the dramatics. Jessica graduated with a Master’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Alabama in 2012. The former marketing manager for the Huntsville/Madison County CVB, she now works as the digital media specialist for the City of Huntsville. Recognized as a Rising Star of the Industry by the Alabama Tourism Department in 2013, she enjoys coming to work every day to help share the Rocket City’s story. Jessica lives in Huntsville, Alabama, with her husband David and two rescue dogs, Lilly and Grantham.

 

*Disclaimer: This blog is not meant to be an exhaustive list of July 4th events in the Madison County area, and any omission of relevant events is not intentional. Know of another great, local Independence Day event? Share with us in the comments!

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