Tons of opportunities for 4th of July events this weekend

By Jessica Vaughn
Posted 6/30/20

This year, the 4th of July falls on a Saturday, giving plenty of opportunities to head out and enjoy festivities taking place all over Southern Baldwin County.

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Tons of opportunities for 4th of July events this weekend

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This year, the 4th of July falls on a Saturday, giving plenty of opportunities to head out and enjoy festivities taking place all over Southern Baldwin County.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many worried if Independence Day events would be cancelled. While many events are proceeding, there are social distancing guidelines and other safety measures in place for those who are looking to attend.

Read on for a list of events happening in South Baldwin County and any changes due to COVID-19.

ELBERTA

For the first time ever, the Town of Elberta will be hosting this year’s 4th of July fireworks celebration. The display will take place on the town’s new fields on Highway 83.

Councilmember Vicky Norris took the reins on planning the event, and Mayor Jim Hamby allowed $2,000 from the mayor’s fund to be utilized in the purchase of the fireworks. Additionally, Coach Anderson, who the town purchased fireworks through, matched dollar for dollar, meaning $4,000 worth of fireworks will shoot off on Saturday night from the fields.

Arrival to the fields will take place beginning between 7 and 7:30 p.m., and cars will be guided to parking spots to keep them staggered. Norris stated due to current health guidelines, she’s looking to turn the event into a tailgate party and asks those in attendance to watch from inside or around their vehicles.

Also onsite will be the Sports Association food truck selling combos and snacks. The funds will go towards youth in the community, and will help offset funds lost due to cancellations earlier in the season.

Fireworks will shoot off around 8:30 p.m.

MAGNOLIA SPRINGS

Those looking for something to do earlier in the day on Saturday are invited to head out to Magnolia Springs, where the Annual 4th of July Parade will roll at 10:30 a.m. This year’s Grand Marshals are Thom & Mary Lou Miller and Scholarship Winner Presley Middleton.

Lineup will begin at 10 a.m. on Woodland Drive, and the route will roll from Woodland to Oak Street and end in front of the Community Hall. Bikes, cars, tractors, and floats are welcome to participate.

Those in attendance are asked to maintain the six feet social distancing guidelines. No hot dog lunch celebration will take place after the parade.

For more information, contact the Magnolia Springs Community Association at msca_al@yahoo.com.

SUMMERDALE

The Town of Summerdale’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display is moving forward and will take place on Saturday, July 4 beginning at 9 p.m. Fireworks are purchased by the town. The display is handled by the town’s Volunteer Fire Department, with fireworks being set off at Pioneer Park. The show typically lasts between 15 - 20 minutes, and free watermelon is provided by the town. Summerdale Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department will be onsite. Attendees are asked to practice social distancing guidelines at the event.