4TH OF JULY IN ALABAMA: Outfits, menus and where to catch the fireworks

The 4th is right around the corner and we’ve put together a list to help you make the most of America’s favorite holiday. Along with celebrating our nation’s independence, we’d categorize the most important points of the 4th as: what you’re wearing, what you’re eating (and drinking) and of course, where you’ll be watching the fireworks.

While we support being patriotic—it’s important we southerners maintain a level of sophistication with our attire. Whether it’s a BBQ or a festive party by the water, there are ways to chicly incorporate red, white and blue into your outfit. For women, you can’t go wrong with a white sundress and a few red or blue accessories. For men, think about adding a patriotic pocket square to your outfit. We’ve taken hints from Gal Meets Glam and Atlantic-Pacific, see below for a few of our favorite outfit ideas!


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Provided your celebration calls for cocktails, here are a few ideas: Garden & Gun brought this Summery Garden Old-Fashioned to our attention, and if bourbon is in order then this is a must-try. If you're into Pimm's, then try a Cajun Lemonade, and if you're in the mood to sip something sweeter, whip up summer-in-a-glass Pineapple Peach Punch.

If we're being honest, a big reason Southerners love the 4th is the food. This year, pay homage to those southern roots with your menu, we promise your guests won't be disappointed!

For starters, if you don't have a fabulous deviled egg recipe, get on board with April Bloomfield's version served at the Spotted Pig in NYC. And we warn you: you'll never be able to go back to your plain-old deviled eggs after trying these.

For dinnertime, we're enamored with the menu The Daily South put together! From the Pimiento-Cheese Bacon Burgers to the Tomato-and-Watermelon Salad ... these items are sure to please.

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·       Birmingham
For decades, the fireworks of Thunder on the Mountain have graced the Birmingham skies surrounding the city’s beloved Vulcan. So if you find yourself in the city this weekend, be sure to catch the show, starting at 9pm Friday night. For the viewing tips and locations as well as more information, be sure to check out the Vulcan viewing guide here.

·      Montgomery
If you’re in Alabama’s capital for the 4th, the downtown Riverwalk is where you’ll want to be. You can relax at the Biscuit’s game or board the firework cruise on the Harriet II, either way you’ll have a phenomenal view of the fireworks show commencing at the end of the baseball game.

·      Florence
For a full day of music, food and activities on the banks of the Tennessee River, Florence has you covered. After a day of fun, enjoy the 10 p.m. fireworks show either from McFarland Park or from your boat.

·      Lake Martin
Russell Lands is hosting its 14th annual Fourth of July fireworks show at 9 p.m. Friday night following a concert at the Lake Martin Amphitheater. Watch the show from your boat on the lake or grab lawn chairs for a great view from the Amp.

·      Gulf Shores
After enjoying a day of sand on the white beaches of Gulf Shores, you can watch the 4th of July Fireworks Celebration from the public beach at 9 p.m. With 105.7 FM broadcasting patriotic music coinciding with the show, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate American Independence.


We hope this list will help you make the most of your long weekend. Happy 4th and God Bless America!


Posted on July 1, 2014 .