4th of July celebrations big and small: events kick off today

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There are multiple Fourth of July events happening around the Cullman area this year. (Tribune file photo)

CULLMAN – Independence Day is Wednesday, but celebrations begin Saturday in Cullman County. From big and bold countywide fireworks displays, to smaller communitywide affairs, there are several events from which to choose.

Below is a list of some celebrations.

Saturday, June 30 at 3 p.m.

2nd Annual Community Cookout at American Legion Post 4

This event boats bingo, food and fireworks. There will be free hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks. Other food will be available for purchase.

Bingo starts at 6 p.m. Fireworks afterward.


Sunday, July 1 at 6 p.m.

2018 Freedom Celebration in Garden City

Garden City First Baptist Church, Garden City Church of God and Garden City Congregational Church are hosting the celebration, which will be held at Garden City's Garden Trail.

According to organizers, “The fun begins at 6 p.m. with free food and games, then fireworks at dark (around 9 p.m.).”

Attendees are encouraged to bring family, friends and lawn chairs.


Wednesday, July 4 at 8 a.m.

Smith Lake Park Fireworks and Music Festival ($5 per person for park admission)

This day-long celebration kicks off bright and early at 8 a.m. and will include arts and crafts, food, contests and live music. The park’s annual fireworks show will cap off the evening.

According to Cullman County Parks and Recreation: “We'll also have our golf cart parade and other contests for the family. Play putt-putt in the newly updated putt-putt course, and the swimming pool will be open and renting kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards. Park admission is $5 per person. Additional costs for camping, pool, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and putt-putt.

The entertainment lineup:

    – 9:30 a.m. Justin Holt (singer/songwriter from Birmingham)

    – 11 a.m. Terry Adams (singer/songwriter from Birmingham)

    – 1 p.m. Crushing Atlas (Southern rock/alternative band)

    – 3 p.m. Golf Cart Parade & Pepsi Chugging Contest

    – 3:30 p.m. Clay Barker (contemporary Christian artist)

    – 5:30 p.m. Trey Lewis (country artist)

    – 7:30 p.m. The Steel Woods (Southern rock traditionalist band)

    – 9 p.m. Fireworks


Wednesday, July 4 at 8 a.m.

Town of Addison July 4th Celebration

The Town of Addison’s event will feature a parade, live music and fireworks. The Addison Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring the live music. Several different bands and artists will be performing starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m. just before the fireworks. The stage will be set up behind the Addison Community Center and concessions and bathrooms will be available. Guests are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Lineup of events:

– 9 a.m. line up for parade

– 10 a.m. parade through downtown

– 5 p.m. Hickory Alter bluegrass/ gospel featuring local artist Ralf Rusk 

– 6 p.m. local artist Julie Preuitt Nix 

– 6:15 p.m. Shelby Z, competitor on “The Voice” and “American Idol”

– 7 p.m. Lost Creek playing with local artists Chris Vaughn and David Brannon 

– 8 p.m. Handshake Promise

– 9 p.m. fireworks


Wednesday, July 4 at 4 p.m.

Cullman Fireworks Festival at Heritage Park

The seventh annual Cullman Fireworks Festival, organized by Desperation Church, will take place on July 4 at 4 p.m. at Heritage Park. The free family-friendly event will feature a large fireworks show, inflatables for children, games hosted by Desperation Church members, and food available for purchase.

Desperation Church Lead Pastor Andy Heis shared, “We'll have all kinds of games. We’re having what we’re calling parking lot parties where we'll go around to all the different parking lots where people are sitting and we'll giving away gift cards to the winners,” said Heis. “It'll be a lot of fun.”

This year's festival will also feature a simulcast radio broadcast for viewers watching the show from areas around Heritage Park. Viewers who want to hear the broadcast, which will be synced with the live fireworks show, can tune into WKUL 92.1 FM or 97.9 Praise FM.

Pyro Shows Inc., the same company behind the fireworks display for Thunder on the Mountain in Birmingham, will be doing the fireworks show for the festival this year. There will be patriotic music played throughout the event and during the fireworks show which will be synced with the fireworks. The fireworks portion of the festival is slated to start at 9 p.m. and will last approximately 17 minutes.


Wednesday, July 4 at 6 p.m.

17th Annual Fairview Freedom Celebration

This year’s Fairview Freedom Celebration will take place at Randall Shedd Community Park and feature food, live local music and games organized by the local churches. There will be a singing at 7 p.m. Fireworks will start at 9 p.m.


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