Event Details

  • July 4 at 9 p.m. Rain or Shine

Thunder on the Mountain

For decades, 4th of July celebrations in the greater Birmingham area have culminated with friends and families gathering to watch fireworks, hear great music and celebrate the nation’s independence. In fact, Birmingham’s annual fireworks display is the biggest in the state of Alabama. Free to the public, the show features a variety of firework shells that will illuminate the sky with beautiful colors and patterns.

In March 2020, we were shaken to our core with the onset of COVID-19. The sense of normalcy that we were accustomed to has since changed but one thing it cannot change is our ability is to rebound.

This period has given us an opportunity to reflect on the important things – family, friends and freedom. There is no better way to celebrate the people who have fought for us and risked their lives not only for our nation’s freedom but also during this pandemic. This Fourth of July will have a different meaning as we gather on the rooftops, back yards and in parks to watch our beacon, Vulcan as he unfolds this year’s show atop Red Mountain.

We have faced many adversities this year, and invite all who are able, to join Vulcan in solidarity to celebrate Birmingham’s resiliency, patriotism and pride.

On Sunday, July 4 at 9 p.m., we will once again illuminate the skies above Birmingham’s beloved iron man, Vulcan. Free to the public, this year’s show will last approximately 20 minutes and will feature a variety of firework shells that will brighten the sky with new colors and patterns. The show will be choreographed to a musical soundtrack that will feature a mix of patriotic favorites, popular music and inspirational songs.

We encourage everyone to adhere to the CDC recommendations and exercise social distancing.

Vulcan Park and Museum will also host a photo competition. Just snap a photo of the fireworks from your vantage point and share it with us for the chance to win!

Photo Contest Details

For more information check out our Viewing Tips.

PLEASE NOTE: THAT VULCAN PARK AND MUSEUM WILL CLOSE AT 6:00 PM. No spectators will be allowed inside the park or at the entrance to Vulcan Trail.

Vulcan Park and Museum take pride in organizing this highly-anticipated event each year, however, we rely on the community-at-large to help fund this outstanding show for residents of the greater Birmingham area and beyond to enjoy!


Presenting Sponsor
Medical Properties Trust
Hibbett Sports
Sustainer Level
Pyro Shows of Alabama
Protective Life Corporation
Supporter Level
Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau
The City of Homewood
Five Points South Neighborhood Association
Contributor Level
Porter White & Company
ServisFirst Bank
Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED
SPM Property Management
Renewal by Andersen Windows and Doors
Media Sponsors
1500 AM JUAN and 98.3 LA JEFA
1500 AM JUAN and 98.3 LA JEFA
102.5 The Bull
103.7 The Q
Magic 96.5
105.5 WERC
News Radio 960 WERC
105 Hallelujah FM
103.1 The Vulcan
Birmingham's Alt 99.1
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104.1 The Beat