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Event Round Up: Fourth of July Fireworks

There’s nothing quite as spectacular as Fourth of July fireworks: the lingering smoky scent of the display, the thunder of the explosions, the stunning views of the rockets’ red glare. Fireworks are even more striking when they’re reflecting over a body of water, so we took the liberty of putting together this list of Independence Day shows lighting up Alabama’s lakes this year.

Smith Lake

Fourth of July Fireworks and Music
Date: Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4.
Time: Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $5.

If you want it, this festival has it: putt-putt, a swimming pool, kayak and canoe rentals, a golf cart parade, an ice cream eating contest, a watermelon eating contest and musical acts headlined by “American Idol” runner-up Jess Meuse. And, of course, fireworks over crystal-clear Smith Lake.

Holt Lake

July 4th Celebration on the River
Date: Saturday, July 4.
Time: 6:30-10 p.m.
Cost: Free.

The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater will host the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra for a night of patriotic songs, with an awe-inspiring fireworks display shooting up over the Black Warrior River at 9 o’clock.

Weiss Lake 

Drive-In Fireworks Show
Date: Friday, July 3.
Time: Gates open at 7 p.m.
Cost: $15 per car.

The historic 411 Twin Drive-In, built in Centre in 1953 and reopened in 2001, puts on fireworks shows every year. Drive in and enjoy barbecue, a movie and the show, or take it all in from the lake nearby.

Fireworks over Weiss Lake
Date: Saturday, July 4.
Time: 9 p.m.
Cost: Free.

The town of Centre will be putting on a fireworks show over the Crappie Capital of the World.

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Neely Henry Lake

Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association Independence Day Fireworks Celebration
Date: Saturday, July 4.
Time: 9 p.m.
Cost: Free.

Spectators can enjoy the Fourth of July fireworks whether they’re on blankets along the scenic banks of the Coosa River or parked in downtown Gadsden.

Logan Martin Lake 

Logan Martin Fireworks Show
Date: Saturday, July 4.
Time: 9 p.m.
Cost: Free.

An annual attraction at Logan Martin, the fireworks show is one of the lake’s best-attended events of the year. 2015’s show will shoot from the Pell City Recreation Hall, and the fireworks will be visible all across the lake.

Lake Mitchell

Fireworks at Cargile Creek
Date: Saturday, July 4.
Time: 9 p.m.
Cost: Free.

Attendees will gather by boat in Cargile Creek to form a flotilla. As patriotic music rings out, viewers will be treated to a spectacular fireworks show above the lake.

Lake Jordan

Wetumpka Fourth of July Celebration
Date: Saturday, July 4.
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Cost: Free.

The city of Wetumpka will be putting on this Independence Day celebration at Gold Star Park, beginning at 5 p.m. with a “So You Think You Can Cook?” cook-off benefiting Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders of Alabama, proceeding to a 7 o’clock performance by the band Wishbone, then culminating with the fireworks display at 9.

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Lake Harris

Randolph County Sheriff PCA Rodeo
Date: Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4.
Time: 5 p.m. both days.
Cost: $10.

This annual fundraiser for the sheriff’s department has been an Independence Day fixture at the Wedowee Rodeo Grounds since 2010. In addition to bronco riding and steer wrestling, the event will feature live music and, on Saturday night, a fireworks show over Harris Lake.

Lake Martin

Fourth of July Blast: Concert and Fireworks
Date: Saturday, July 4.
Time: 5:30-10:30 p.m.
Cost: $15, children 6 and younger free.

Russell Lands at Lake Martin has hosted the self-proclaimed “Southeast’s Largest Fireworks Show” for 15 years. This year’s festival will feature music from Nationwide Coverage and the Bank Walkers.

Did we miss your local fireworks show? Do you have pictures of your own Fourth of July fireworks spectacular that you’d like to share? Let us know at #APCShorelines.

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