7 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.
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. Spend the holiday on Gulf Shores’ main public beach and stay for the fireworks that evening at 9 p.m. 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.
You can also find free parking at Gulf State Park Lake Shelby and have dinner from one of several food trucks, bring a picnic or utilize onsite grills for preparing dinner while relaxing and listening to music. Check out the new pedestrian bridge to catch the fireworks from above or just bring a beach chair and enjoy the view from Lake Shelby. Additionally, check out AAA Charters to book a seat aboard a fireworks cruise and take in the city’s beautiful fireworks from the water. The cruise will depart from the Flora-Bama Marina at 7 p.m. and advance reservations are required.
The Wharf Independence Day Street Party and Fireworks is a family-friendly event. Enjoy live entertainment, kid activities sponsored by Christian Life The Island Church, prizes and, of course, an amazing display of fireworks! This free event is Saturday July 6 (allowing for folks to also catch the Gulf Shores’ firework show on the 4th) from 5-9 p.m. with fireworks scheduled at 8:45 p.m. (Note: there is a charge for face painting and trampoline jumpee.)
Early arrivers or those staying after the Independence Day celebrations will find some great music at The Wharf Amphitheater’s 10,000-seat, tiered facility. On July 3, check out Tedeschi Trucks Band or Rascal Flatts on July 5.
Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s is well-known for not only good food, but also nightly live music. There are plenty of activities to keep the kiddos busy including a ropes course, arcade, sand area and more. Come by boat or car and enjoy the unique dining experience.