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Your Ultimate Guide to July 4th on Alabama’s Beaches

Slip on your flip-flops and your red, white and blue for Independence Day fun in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

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FIREWORKS AND FAMILY FUN

No Fourth of July is complete until you’ve watched a fireworks show, especially one held over the water of the Gulf of Mexico. The City of Gulf Shores will celebrate the Fourth of July with a stunning fireworks display, beginning at 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 4. Fireworks will be shot from the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier.

At The Lodge at Gulf State Park, located in Gulf Shores, spend the holiday listening to live music, enjoying a traditional Southern cookout, participating in a pie-eating contest, and watching their fireworks show right on the beach. The July 4th Celebration and Cookout at The Lodge takes place from 5:30-9pm. Tickets are $65 for adults and $30 for children.

Another Independence Day extravaganza happening along our shoreline is the Flora-Bama 4th of July All-American BBQ Party. The day’s events kick off with the Freedom Run at 8am, a 4-mile run and 1-mile fun run. Then, starting at 11am, guests can enjoy BBQ, live music and more during the day with a fireworks display later in the evening.

Kick-off Independence Day weekend early with the annual Pepsi Beach Ball Drop on Thursday, July 1 at The Wharf! You’ll want to make sure you are at the center of the action when over 4,000 beach balls fall from the sky! There will be dozens of family friendly activities onsite including a surf simulator, bouncy house, bubble zone, face painting, camel rides and more! 

LIVE MUSIC

The Wharf in Orange Beach is well-known for bringing nationally- and world-renowned musicians to the Alabama Gulf Coast, and Independence Day weekend is no different. On July 3-4, the CSpire Concert Series presents Luke Combs with special guests Flatland Cavalry and Channing Wilson. Luke Combs is a multi-platinum, award-winning country music artist from Asheville, NC. Tickets for this show are available on Ticketmaster.

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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. You can also purchase a fishing license at the pier, should you need one.

Pier fishing isn’t the only way to reel in a good time at the beach. Consider booking a charter fishing trip. Cruise the Gulf in search of snapper or go for the big catch—sailfish! During the fourth of July weekend, recreational vessels can fish for red snapper Friday through Monday.

WATERSPORTS

No matter how you do watersports, 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.

STAYING FOR THE WEEK?

The legendary Blue Angels are taking flight for their annual Pensacola Beach Air Show, July 9 and 10. The Blue Angels showcase the professionalism and exceptionalism found in the U.S. Naval and Marine Corps. Their heart-pounding air show is one of the most highly anticipated events on the Gulf Coast. Experience the airshow with a short drive over to Pensacola Beach for the day. Or, see them along our shores, as they often do flyovers in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach on the days leading up to their big event.

Start planning your vacation on Alabama’s Gulf Coast for Independence Day and celebrate like never before!

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