Ok. Ok. We don't really have ONE BILLION reasons, but we have a lot of reasons we think you would have a blast (we can't help the space puns) in Huntsville, Alabama, for the upcoming holiday weekend.

Independence Day falls on a Saturday this year, which means you can take a vacation day before and plan a WHOLE weekend of awesomely fun things to do to celebrate in advance! But before we get too far, we have to go ahead and get right down to it:

Will you be in Huntsville for the 4th of July this year? If your answer is ‘yes,' you've made a great choice. There are many different activities to choose from (in fact, we’ve got a great list below!). If your answer is ‘no,' we're going to try to convince you to pay us a visit. If you're thinking, “Maybe, but I'm not convinced,” well, all we have to say to that is: “Challenge very happily accepted!”

So, from us to you, here's why you need to spend the weekend in Huntsville for Independence Day 2020.

Due to COVID-19, there will not be as many celebrations as in years past. 

Where to Watch Fireworks in Huntsville and Madison

Rocket City Trash Panda Toyota Field

Trash Panda Block Party

Join the Trash Pandas for a Friday night of fireworks, live music, trivia, and delicious ballpark fare! Experience brand new Toyota Field with family and friends in a safe, CDC-compliant environment. Admission is $10 per person and parking is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, highlighted by burgers, brats, BBQ pork nachos, funnel cake fries, beer, seltzers, and more! Additionally, The Junkyard Team Store will open and stocked with the latest Trash Pandas merch!

Gates open at 5PM, and fireworks will go off at 9! You are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

When: Friday, July 3rd

Time: 5 p.m - 9:30 p.m., fireworks display at 9 p.m.

Location: Toyota Field for Rocket City Trash Pandas

Address: 319 Contec Rd, Madison, AL 35758 -- Contec Road is also known as Trash Panda Way

Phone: (256) 325-1403

Admission: Kids 2 and under are free. For this event, all other tickets are $10 each.
Extravaganza tickets go on sale this Friday, June 12th, at 9 a.m. at TrashPandasBaseball.com/Events and the Toyota Field Ticket Office.

Fireworks in the Sky

Madison's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular Celebration at Toyota Field

Saturday, July 4th features a patriotic extravaganza culminating with the biggest fireworks display in the metro! This event will allow patrons to have on-field access to enjoy live entertainment and partake in multiple activities for kids and adults. A bungee jump trampoline, swing rides and delicious food and beverages options will be available for purchase.

July 4th tickets are $10.00 per person, parking is $6.00 per vehicle. Trash Panda Nation full-season ticket holders will gain early entry at 3:30pm through the Trustmark VIP gate. Pepsi gates will open to the general public at 4:00pm.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, the facility will operate at half-capacity for all events.  Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance.

When: Saturday, July 4th

Time: 5 p.m - 9:30 p.m., fireworks display at 9 p.m.

Location: Toyota Field for Rocket City Trash Pandas

Address: 319 Contec Rd, Madison, AL 35758 -- Contec Road is also known as Trash Panda Way

Phone: (256) 325-1403

Admission: Kids 2 and under are free. For this event, all other tickets are $10 each.
Extravaganza tickets go on sale this Friday, June 12th, at 9 a.m. at TrashPandasBaseball.com/Events and the Toyota Field Ticket Office.

Mid City Drive In

4th of July Fireworks, Drive-in movie, Watermelon carving contest at MidCity District

This 4th of July MidCity District will have a day and night full of free family fun.  The doors will open at 11am.  Make sure to bring in your submission to the  watermelon carving contest by 3pm. It's all outdoors and free. The movie will be Jurassic Park at 8:15pm, but parking begins at 5:30 pm. Expect to hear some local music around 7pm. Fireworks will start at 10:30 pm! Don't forget they also have amazing drinks and food from Mr Biggs BBQ to the new Chef Ruth Mercado's Sushi Rolls!

Shop and play all day at The Camp, REI, High Point Climbing and Fitness Huntsville, Topgolf, and Dave & Busters!

SCHEDULE:
11:00 am : Doors open for food and beverage at The Camp
3:00 pm : Deadline to bring your CARVED Watermelons to The Camp for judging to begin (no carving on-site and grand prize announced soon!)
5:30 pm : Gates open for movie parking
7:00 pm : Band begins (announced soon!)
8:15 pm : Film begins, Jurassic Park (PG-13)
10:30 pm : FIREWORKS BEGIN!!!

Watermelon Carving

Cancellations due to COVID-19:

The July 4th Celebration at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center will not happen this year. From the Rocket Center: "In this time of rebuilding and reopening after a 2.5-month closure, due to COVID-19 pandemic, all proceeds are being used for basic operations to keep the Rocket Center open for the public." 

At this time, Ditto Landing and Village of Providence have also canceled their 4th of July events. 

Other Noteworthy Events

Bridge Street Town Centre

Spend the weekend at Bridge Street Town Centre

Just a few minutes drive from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center  is Bridge Street Town Centre (you can see a great view of the Saturn V moon rocket from some spots here). An open-air, European themed shopping destination, you could spend hours upon hours shopping, eating and enjoying the beautiful views. Don't forget to enjoy Bridge Street's pop jet fountain, train rides or carousel in your breaks between shopping!

Drive in Movie

Enjoy a Drive-in Movie!

This event is a socially distant pop up experience. When guests pull up, they will be guided through an amazing movie experience, all from the safety of their car. Enjoy great food from local food truck vendors, music, and more. Come celebrate the 4th of July weekend at Joe Davis Stadium. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. No outside food or drink will be allowed. If there are thunderstorms or lightning the event will have to be postponed. If it rains, the event will wait for a break and launch, but fingers crossed for good celebration weather.

Movies: Jumanji: The Next Level & Dark Waters

Dates: Friday July 3 at 8 p.m.  / 10 p.m.
            Saturday July 4 at 8 p.m.  / 10 p.m.
            Sunday July 5 at 8 p.m. 

Admission: $10 Adults & $8 Kids

Location: The Old Joe Davis Stadium
3125 Leeman Ferry Road Southwest
Huntsville, AL 35801

Burritt on the Mountain

City Lights & Stars Concert at Burritt on the Mountain

When: Friday, July 3rd

Times: Music begins at 7:30 p.m.

Location: Burritt on the Mountain

Phone: (256) 536-2882

Admission: Burritt Member: $15 Non Burritt Member: $20

More info on City Lights & Stars here.

What to expect: Pack a picnic, dress casually, bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a spectacular view of the city while listening to great music. 

Over 20 special activities to choose from for the holiday weekend

Before your 4th of July celebration, check out these events happening 4th of July weekend in Huntsville and add them to your to-do list.

For a full list of events happening during this time, click here.

 

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