5 Things to Do for July 4th Fun on Alabama's Beaches

Break out your favorite flip flops for Fourth of July fun in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. There's always something to see and do in these two beachside cities, especially during a holiday.

Fourth of July in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Beach History. The Fourth of July festivities begin just a few days early with the Salute to American Independence at Fort Morgan on Saturday, July 1. From 9 am-3 pm, see weapons demonstrations, take special tours and witness artillery firings at the historic fort.

Fireworks. No Fourth of July is complete until you’ve watched a fireworks show, especially one held over the water of the Gulf of Mexico. Spend the day on Gulf Shores’ main public beach and stay for the fireworks at dark that evening. Be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks and sunscreen. Depending on where your Gulf Shores condo is located, you may even see the fireworks from your balcony.

Beach Music. Stick around for a few more nights and tap your toes to Journey in concert at The Wharf on Thursday, July 6. Special guest Asia opens the show.

Fourth of July Fireworks in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Pier Fishing. When you’re not at one of the many beach events on or around July 4, stop by the Gulf State Park pier. It’s the perfect spot to escape and reel in a relaxing afternoon . . . and dinner! Don’t have a pole? No worries! You can rent one from the bait shop for only $20 all day, or $10 for four hours.

Watersports. No matter how you do them, just do them! There’s no better way to experience the islands than by water. Whether you rent kayaks or standup paddleboards, take a ride on a banana boat or test your courage parasailing, find your way to experience a whole different state of Alabama’s white-sand beaches.

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