Gulf Shores and Orange Beach 4th of July Fireworks

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.

American flog underwater with diver

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.)

Beach Music

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.

Man holding catch on charter fishing boat in Orange Beach


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. 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 for snapper or go for the big catch—sailfish! Red snapper fishing season is weekends only—Friday and Saturday—during the Fourth of July time frame.


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.

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

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