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July 4th

Send your July 4th celebrations and events to mary@wqsb.com

  • Stars & Stripes Celebration
    Saturday, July 2nd; 4 pm
    Crossville Town Park. Entertainment by: Drive Train, Codt Johnson and more. Arts, crafts, train rides, bouncy houses, food and fireworks. For more information: 256-582-7121
  • Stowers Hill Baptist Church in Attalla, 4th of July Celebration
    Sunday, July 3rd
    Alabama is hosting a community wide 4th of July Celebration, Sunday July 3rd from 5:30-9:00 pm. Activities will include water slides, free food, gift card giveaways, and will end with a firework show beginning at 9 pm. Any and everyone is invited.
  • MONTGOMERY – Fireworks, great summer food and live entertainment highlight July 4th celebrations across Alabama.  Visitors can choose from more than 20 Independence Day events and firework shows.
  •  50th Anniversary of the Spirit of America Festival at Point Mallard in Decatur, Thunder on the Mountain at Vulcan Park & Museum in Birmingham and Independence Day 1776 at the American Village in Montevallo. Families can also enjoy a picnic at the riverfront in Montgomery, sample fresh watermelon at the Watermelon Festival in Grand Bay or watch reflections of fireworks on the waves at Gulf Shores.
  • AthensAthens Fireworks Show 
    Athens High School. Annual fireworks show. 256-232-5411. www.visitathensal.com.  Free.
  • BirminghamThunder on the Mountain
    Vulcan Park & Museum. Birmingham’s annual fireworks display with Vulcan as the centerpiece of the program. 9 p.m.  205-933-1409. www.visitvulcan.com. Free.
  • CullmanSmith Lake Park 4th Independence Day Festival
    Smith Lake Park. All-day entertainment, arts, crafts, food, fireworks and more. www.cullmancountyparks.com.  Free.
  • Decatur- Sprit of America Festival
    Point Mallard Park. Celebrate the nation’s birthday at one of the state’s largest patriotic festivals, featuring children’s activities, live music and a fireworks show. This year is the festival’s 50th anniversary. 800-232-5449. www.spiritofamericafestival.com.  Free.
  • Eclectic- 4th of July Blast
    The AMP on Lake Martin. Watch fireworks over the lake from the lawn of the amphitheater after the concert. Activities from 6-9 pm with fireworks at 9 p.m. 256-397-1019. www.lmat.org.  Admission charged.
  • Elba- Let Freedom Ring
    Downtown Elba.  Evening activities including a concert, walking parade, children’s activities, watermelon eating and fireworks display.  Free.
  • Fairhope- Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks Display
    Henry George Park and Fairhope Municipal Pier. The Baldwin Pops Band Independence Day Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with a variety of patriotic music before and after the fireworks display. 251-929-1466. www.cofairhope.com. Free.
  • Fort Payne Independence Day Celebration Friday July 1st at the Fort Payne Sports Complex, gates open at 5 pm. Inflatables, bbq, shaved ice, live entertainment and more. Fireworks start at 9 pm. Parking at Heil parking lot for $2 or 2 can foods.
  • FlorenceShoals Spirit of Freedom Celebration
    McFarland Park. Live music and family activities with food vendors onsite. Fireworks show after dark. 256-740-4141. www.visitflorenceal.com. Free.
  •  Grand Bay- Watermelon Festival
    Festival Park. Sample locally grown watermelon while enjoying local music, arts & crafts.  www.grandbaywatermelonfestival.org. Admission charged.
  • GreenvilleCelebrate America
    Greenville High School Stadium. Family activities and fireworks. 7-9:30 p.m. 334-382-3251. www.greenville-alabama.com. Free.
  • Gulf ShoresFourth of July Fireworks Celebration
    Gulf Shores Public Beach. Fireworks shot over the beach at 9 p.m. 1-800-745-7263. www.gulfshores.com. Free.
  • Gulf ShoresFort Morgan Salute to American Independence   
    Fort Morgan State Historic Site. Independence Day is celebrated at Fort Morgan with artillery firing, small arms firing and special tours of the Fort. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 251-540-7202. www.fortmorgan.org. Admission charged.
  • GuntersvilleAll American Celebration
    Lake Guntersville. Fireworks show at 9 p.m. best viewed from Civitan Park and Lurleen B Wallace Drive. Free.
  • Harpersville- Music and Fireworks in the Vineyard
    Morgan Creek Winery presents a live music, wine tours, wine tastings, barbecue and fireworks. 205-672-2053. www.facebook.com/morgancreekwinery.  Admission charged.
  • Henagar- Sand Mountain Potato Festival
    Celebrate with live music, arts and crafts, entertainment, games and fireworks. Event begins at 10 a.m. and culminates with a beautiful fireworks display. 1-888-805-4740. www.discoverlookoutmountain.com.
    Huntsville- U.S. Space & Rocket Center July 4th Celebration
    Children ages 12 and under get free admission on July 4 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Enjoy special, family-friendly patriotic activities during regular museum hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Rocket Center will close at 5 p.m., and there are no evening activities inside the park on July 4. Instead, the Center will launch its largest fireworks display ever for the city of Huntsville at 9 p.m. www.rocketcenter.com/fireworks.
  • Mobile- USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
    Annual Independence Day and fireworks celebration at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park. Live, patriotic entertainment provided by the Mobile Pops Band, until the fireworks illuminate the sky at 9pm. 251-433-2703. www.mobile.org.
  • MontevalloIndependence Day 1776
    The American Village. See the stories of America’s founding with period re-enactors such as Patrick Henry and Abigail Adams, play Colonial games, patriotic music, fireworks and more. Gates open at 11 a.m. 205-665-3535. www.americanvillage.org. Admission charged.
  • Montgomery- 4th of July Picnic on the River
    Riverfront.  Enjoy a picnic by the river with live music at the amphitheater, a rib eating completion, kid’s activities, food vendors and a fireworks show. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 334-625-2100. www.visitingmontgomery.com.  Free.
  • PrattvillePrattville Independence Day Celebration
    Events kicks off with a parade through downtown at 9am, followed by the Lions Club BBQ fundraiser at 10am at Pratt Park, Cardboard Boat Races at 11am at Pratt Pool and a huge fireworks display and patriotic program beginning at 6pm at Stanley Jensen Stadium. 334-358-0297. www.prattvilleal.gov.  Free.
  • Scottsboro–  4th of July on the Tennessee River
    Goose Pond Colony, Ed Hembree Drive. Music, Entertainment, Huge Boat Parade, Food, and ending with a fireworks show at the Amphitheater beginning at 6:00 p.m. www.goosepond.org. Free.
  • Sheffield- July Walking Parade
    Montgomery Avenue–Old fashioned walking parade with entries from baby carriages to wagons. 10 a.m. 256-381-3907. www.visitsheffieldal.com. Free
  • Wetumpka4th of July Celebration
    Gold Star park. Live entertainment, children’s activities and fireworks. 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. 334-567-5147. www.cityofwetumpka.com.  Free. 

The Factory – Fun Patrol

Hey kids! Do you want the world to be a better place…then “JUMP” on the opportunity and spread some kindness! If you get caught by The Factory Fun Patrol doing a random act of kindness we will give you a one hour free jump to The Factory Gadsden, then you will have a chance to win a one year FREE membership to the Factory.
Weekly winners will be posted on our Facebook page. Visit www.thefactorygadsden.com  for more details.
**Starting June 1st, 2016**

First Responders



START DATE: 5-2-2016
END DATE: 8-26-2016

HOW TO PLAY: Go to wqsb.com, wkxx.com or power1075fm.com and click on the First Responder Link. You can nominate a First Responder Unit or Department to win a check for $100. Each week a First Responder Unit will be chosen and the Unit or Department will receive the check for $100

INELIGIBLE: Employees and immediate family members of WQSB, MIX 102.9, POWER 1-07.5 FM and Sand Mt. Broadcasting are not eligible to win.

Send your nominations here: barry@wqsb.com


Week #1: Boaz Fire Department
Week #2: The City of Gadsden Police Department
Week #3: Fischer Rescue Squad in Fort Payne
Week #4: Sand Rock Volunteer Fire Department
Week #5: Marshall-DeKalb Electric Cooperative’s Lineman
Week #6: DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office


American Red Cross Blood Drive

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, that leads to more than 41,000 blood donations that are needed each day. Help WQSB, MIX 102.9 & Power 107.5 save a life at the American Red Cross 4-Day Independence Day Blood Drive July 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 1 pm – 7 pm & Monday, July 4th 1 pm – 6 pm at Premiere Cinemas in the Gadsden Mall.

All donors will receive a FREE $10 visa gift card. (While they last)

American Red Cross


Dragon Boat Festival 2016

The 5th Annual Habitat Dragon Boat Festival will be this Saturday, August 20th starting at 9 am at the Riverwalk Park & Boardwalk in Gadsden!
FREE admission, FREE parking! A great family event that includes the races, concessions, picnic area, music, drummers’ parade and more. This year Habitat for Humanity celebrates 20 years of service in Etowah County. The funds raised from this Festival will fund our 50th house. There will be food vendors, Kid’s Zone, JSU Steel Drum Band, music, mini-dragon boat rides, and of course ~ the Dragon Boat Races! (Admission for spectators is FREE!) Each dragon boat team consists of 20 paddlers, 1 drummer, coxswain, and 3 alternates. In both the Competitive and Recreational Division, teams race for the gold, silver and bronze paddle. Top three teams also receive individual medals.

The deadline to register is Aug. 5th. Space is limited to 40 teams. With a completed team registration form and full payment, each team can select their tent site in the Athletes Village and their place in line for practice.”

Race Day:
Gold, silver & bronze award paddles in both Competitive and Recreational Divisions for top 3 fastest teams. Other awards: Best Drummer Costume, Best Team Spirit, Best Decorated Tent and Best Team T-Shirts.
9 am – 3 pm at Riverwalk Park & Boardwalk in Gadsden.

For more information:  www.habitatdragonboat.com or facebook/habitatdragonboat

Suzanne Scharfenberg  – gehabitat@comcast.net