For those looking to see the rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air, the skies above Talladega, Pell City and Oxford will play host to community fireworks displays celebrating Independence Day.
Pell City’s annual fireworks show kicks off at 9 p.m. Friday at Lakeside Park.
“It grows bigger and better every year, drawing thousands by boat, by car and truck and on foot to see this spectacular show light up the nighttime sky,” Pell City Police Chief Greg Turley said. “Boaters generally fill the main channel in front of the park. Those coming by vehicle may park at the Pell City Civic Center, the Sports Complex or at Lakeside Park.”
Turley provided guidance specifically for boaters who plan to enjoy the display.
“Boaters are asked to stay downriver of the idle and hazard buoys for the safe zone,” Turley said. “You must have working navigation lights to be on the water at night, and idle speed is required around other anchored vessels. Pell City and state marine units will be on hand to assist anyone that has any needs.”
In order to aid traffic flow following the festivities, Turley advised attendees who plan to exit via U.S. 231 to park near the Sports Complex and attendees who will be traveling using U.S. 78, Alabama 34 or Mays Bend Road to park closer to Lakeside Park.
Turley recommended individuals who do not plan to attend the show avoid the traffic release area near the Pell City Civic Center around 9:30 p.m.
“Pell City Police Department’s Special Operations Unit has an efficient plan in place to get everyone out of the park in a quick, safe manner,” Turley said.
Talladega hosts a Fourth of July celebration starting at 6 p.m. at Veterans Park, its first since the the park got an extensive facelift.
The event features music courtesy of a disc jockey, skee-ball, inflatable play areas, an obstacle course and more. The fireworks display begins at 9 p.m.
Talladega Short Track also jumps into the patriotic spirit early, hosting a fireworks display tonight in conjunction with a night race.
Gates open at 4 p.m. with a grandstand admission fee of $15 for adults and children over 10 years old and a pit admission fee of $30. Children 9 years old and younger get in free.
Oxford hosts its annual Freedom Festival Friday at Oxford Lake Park.
Festivities officially begin at 8 a.m. with an “Around the Lake Ramble” for senior citizens.
At 9 a.m., there will be a children’s parade featuring patriotic costumes followed by bicycle and tricycle races. Children who wish to participate in the races are required to wear helmets.
The event also includes an antique car show, a pet show at 9:40 a.m., a karate demonstration at 10:30 a.m, carnival games and caricature drawings from 9:45 a.m until -noon, and swim races at 1 p.m.
Attendees are encouraged to bring leashed pets, lawn chairs and blankets. Alcohol and grills are not permitted.
People who wish to bring tents may set up in available spaces on a first-come, first-served basis.
A fireworks display at 9 p.m. marks the conclusion of the day-long event.
Individuals who wish to visit Talladega’s TOP Trails Park during the holiday weekend can donate a canned food item and receive a $4 discount for riding tickets and camping.
All canned goods will be donated to the Red Door Kitchen in Talladega and the Food Pantry in Lincoln.