Alabaster celebrates independence early with annual fireworks show

Published 4:52 pm Monday, July 1, 2024

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By NOAH WORTHAM | Managing Editor

ALABASTER – Crowds of residents packed the lawn of Thompson High School as part of an early Independence Day celebration during the annual Alabaster Fireworks Show on Saturday, June 29.

“We had a huge turnout at our fireworks show this year, and we appreciate everything our parks and recreation department did to make the event happen,” Alabaster Mayor Scott Brakefield said.

This year’s installment saw the parking lot at Thompson High School filled—marking it as the one of the city’s most successful and well-attended firework celebrations yet.

During the celebration, attendees were treated to a selection of food trucks to choose from, including Chubbfathers, Dixieland Funnel Cakes and Momo’s Cajun Eatz as well as a variety of vendors selling drinks and desserts.

While families perused the selection of snacks, excited children enjoyed bounce houses, light up toys and games and activities such as knockerball and a bungee trampoline.

“We added several new activities for kids and it seemed to be a really big success,” Community Programs Manager Morgan Lawley said.

Additionally, the Coca-Cola Music Truck was present and broadcasted tunes throughout the event and across the campus. All of the festivities entertained guests until it became time for the main event and the celebrations namesake—the annual Alabaster Fireworks Show which lasted approximately 15 minutes and featured a dazzling display of colorful fireworks for all to see.

“It went really well,” Lawley said. “It’s just a way to offer the citizens of Alabaster and surrounding areas a fun, free family atmosphere to enjoy fireworks and we try to improve each year.”

Brakefield shared his appreciation for being able to host events like the fireworks shows and expressed his gratitude to Alabaster City Schools for the venue.

“We enjoy being able to host free events like this for our community throughout the year, and look forward to adding even more in the future,” Brakefield said. “Thank you to Alabaster City Schools for their great partnership and for allowing us to utilize the beautiful THS campus to host this event.”