Credit: Rocket City Trash Pandas
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 Monady this year, which means you can take a vacation before and plan a WHOLE extended 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 2022.
Where to Watch Fireworks in Huntsville and Madison
The 2022 Independence Day Celebration will be held near Ditto Landing's Kingston Pavillion on Saturday, June 25th. There will be live music from EDEye. Food trucks and games will be on hand for the entire family to enjoy. Admission is free, but parking is $5 cash. You can purchase a VIP Pass that's $25 for adults (kids under 10 are admitted free with pass holding adult). The VIP pass benefits Christmas Charities Year Round and includes: boxed dinners from Dreamland BBQ, exclusive access to restrooms, seating and tables in the pavilion and shaded area with fans. The gates open at 5pm, music starts at 6pm and the fireworks start at 9pm. Enjoy a beautiful evening down by the Tennessee River at Ditto Landing!
When: Saturday June 25th
Times: Gates open at 5 p.m.
Live music from local bands begins at 6 p.m.
Fireworks at 9 p.m.
Location: Ditto Landing's Kingston Pavilion
Address: 293 Ditto Landing Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803
Phone: (256) 882-1057
Admission: Free / Parking is $5 cash
Madison's Star Spangled Celebration
On Saturday, July 2nd, the city of Madison is hosting a patriotic extravaganza at Dublin Park. The event is free to attend and there will be inflatables, live music, food vendors, and fireworks to end the night. A free shuttle service starting at 4:30 p.m. will be provided to and from Bob Jones High School for the event for parking. Everything kicks off at 5:00pm and will the fireworks show will start at 9 p.m.
*More details will be added as they become available.
When: Saturday, July 2nd
Time: 5 p.m - 9 p.m.
Location: Dublin Park
Address: 8324 Madison Pike Madison, AL 35758
Phone: (256) 772-9300
MidCity District will be having a 4th of July weekend with a fireworks show on Saturday, July 2nd. It's a free event that will have live music all weekend. It kicks off Friday evening (July 1st) at The Camp with music, food and free family fun. On Satuday the doors of the Camp will open at 9am with Yoga at the High Point outdoor climbing wall and at 11am the live music performances start. Their first mullet and mustache contest begins at 8pm and the Fireworks will go off at 9:30pm. The party continues Sunday, July 3rd with a watermelon carving contest during the Market at MidCity.
WATERMELON CARVING CONTEST DETAILS!!! Bring your CARVED watermelon to The Camp on Sunday, July 3rd by 1:00 pm (no carving on-site). The Camp team will take photos of the watermelons and post them online by 2:30/ 3:00 pm. Online votes are tallied and winners will be announced on Tuesday, July 5th at 3:00 pm, The winner will receive over $500 in prizes and gift cards!
Friday, July 1st:
All day food, beverages, and live music at The Camp!
Saturday, July 2nd:
9:00 am : Yoga at the High Point outdoor climbing wall (free, all-ages)
11:00 am : Doors open for food and beverage at The Camp
Live music, tasty food + drink, and activities all day
8:00 pm : Mullet and Mustache Contest (prizes awarded and more details coming!)
9:30 pm : Fireworks begin (tune into 107.9 to hear the music during the fireworks!)
Sunday, July 3rd:
1:00 pm-5:00 pm: The Market at MidCity farmers market with over 50 amazing local vendors!
1:00 pm: Deadline to bring your *carved* watermelon to The Camp!
2:00 pm: The Camp Counselors live on stage
When: July 1-3
Time: See Schedule Above / Fireworks Saturday July 2nd at 9:30pm.
Location: MidCity Huntsville & The Camp
Address: 5909 University Dr NW, Huntsville, AL 35805
Phone: (256) 763-7877
Credit: Rocket City Trash Pandas
On Saturday, July 2, the Rocket City Trash Pandas will celebrate Independence Day weekend beginning with the Crawfish Festival at Toyota Field. Gates will open at 4 p.m. Presale tickets that are available until June 25 cost $30 and include a crawfish platter. Presale tickets that only feature entry to the festival cost $10. Tickets on the day of the event cost $15, with crawfish on sale inside the ballpark. Guests can purchase crawfish from J&J Seafood and Bubba Luke’s on the day of the event for $20. Children two & under are free.
Throughout the day, there will be live entertainment including music, performances, and contests including a crawfish eating contest. Activities include a Euro Bungee Trampoline, inflatable Moon Bounce, a Rascal Obstacle Course, putt putt, and yard games such as cornhole. At 9 p.m., a special fireworks show will end the night’s festivities.
Independence Day weekend will be capped off by Rocket City’s first home game on Monday, July 4 as they take on the Chattanooga Lookouts at 6:35 p.m. The Trash Pandas will wear special patriotic jerseys for the game, and an incredible fireworks spectacular will follow the game.
You are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.
When: Saturday, July 2nd
Time: 4 p.m - 9:30 p.m., fireworks display at 9 p.m.
Location: Toyota Field for Rocket City Trash Pandas
Address: 500 Trash Panda Way, Madison, AL 35758
Phone: (256) 325-1403
Admission: Kids 2 and under are free. For this event, all other tickets are $10 each in advance or $15 at the gate.
Tickets are now on sale at TrashPandasBaseball.com/Events and the Toyota Field Ticket Office.
The Village of Providence is hosting a fireworks and music event on July 4th. Fireworks will go off at sunset and the event begins at 7pm. Please, arrive early to find parking and they ask you support their local restaurants and businesses that makes these events possible.They will not allow outside food or drink. You will need to bring chairs and a blanket to enjoy the fireworks.
When: Monday, July 4th
Time: 7 p.m, fireworks display at sunset
Location: Village of Providence
Address: 7 Town Center Dr NW, Huntsville, AL 35806
Phone: (256) 704-3090
Other Noteworthy Events
Concerts in the Park
Each Monday night in the summer, Arts Huntsville and the Huntsville Parks and Recreation Department put on free Concerts in the Park. On June 28th, they will host the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band (MCoE) and end the night with fireworks. Make sure to bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket, bug spray, and a picnic. Of course, there are always tasty food trucks available too.
When: Monday, June 28th
Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Location: Big Spring International Park
Address: 200 Church St., Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: (256) 519-2787
When: Friday, July 1st
Times: Music begins at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Burritt on the Mountain
Phone: (256) 536-2882
Admission: Burritt Member: $20 Non Burritt Member: $25
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.
When: Sunday, July 3rd
Times: 12:00 pm - 5:00p pm
Location: Huntsville Museum of Art
Phone: (256) 535-4350
What to expect: The Huntsville Museum of Art is inviting the public to view their exhibits on their Free Community Day. On Sunday, July 3rd the museum will be open to the public with free admission. The Huntsville Museum of Art is also celebrating Armed Forces Week with special offers in store for veterans and active members of the military. Additionally, the Museum Store will have a 15% discount for veterans and active military throughout the week.
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!
More than 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.