Decatur Celebrates Independence Day with a Patriotic Parade, Water Fun and Fabulous Fireworks!
Press release courtesy of Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (www.NorthAlabama.org)
Every year in July, Americans join together to celebrate our nation’s freedom and to pause and reflect on the sacrifices military personnel and their families make every day. The Spirit of America Festival, held annually in Decatur, Ala., has attracted thousands of families to the River City for one of North Alabama’s largest free fireworks show in honor of Independence Day. The spectacular fireworks show will launch at 9 p.m. and families can arrive earlier to enjoy the patriotic bike parade and to make a splash at the Point Mallard water park.
Decatur’s free Independence Day celebration kicks off on July 4th with the Children’s Bike Parade where patriotic decorated bikes, tricycles, wagons and strollers make their way from the TC Almon Center to the Expo Pavilion. Registration for the parade is free and is required beginning at 9 a.m. at TC Almon. First, second, and third place prizes for best-decorated will be presented during an awards ceremony at the Expo. The Children’s Bike Parade is sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Decatur.
Families are invited to cool off and enjoy the fourth of July holiday at the Point Mallard water park. Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 4th, the J. Gilmer Blackburn Aquatic Center offers a kiddy pool area, pro bowl slide, sky pond, lazy river, flume slides, and speed slides. Admission is $20 for adults (12-61), $15 for children (ages 5-11), military (with ID) and seniors (62+), and free for children 4 years old and younger. Following a fun-filled day in the water park, guests can walk over to the Spirit of America field to enjoy the fireworks.
The Spirit of America Field will open to guests at 3 p.m. so that families can pick out a prime viewing location to enjoy the fireworks show which is set to launch at 9 p.m. Local vendors will be there so that attendees may indulge in lemonade, shaved ice, funnel cakes, pizza, hamburgers or hotdogs. Guests are reminded to please leave pets at home and tents and golf carts are not allowed on the Spirit of America field. Handicapped and VIP event sponsor parking are available at the Ice Rink. Sponsor and/or handicapped parking passes must be shown to event officials to access these areas.
The night sky will be illuminated with North Alabama’s largest fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m. and will be simulcast on WDRM 102.1 FM. The 2018 fireworks show is made possible through the support of presenting sponsors Huntsville International Airport, the Morgan County Commission and Decatur Morgan County Tourism.
From 6 to 11 p.m., NARCOG Transit will provide shuttle service for the fireworks show from the GE plant (2328 Point Mallard Dr. SE) and the Princess Theatre (112 Second Ave. NE). Shuttle wristbands are $2 and allow each person that makes a purchase, unlimited rides to and from the event site. Wristbands may be purchased during the event or before the event at the NARCOG Transit Office, located at 401 2nd Ave Se, Decatur. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Correct change must be used. This service is open to the public and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.
Point Mallard Park is located at 2901 Point Mallard Drive in Decatur, Ala. along the scenic banks of the Tennessee River. Admission to the festival is free. For more information please call 256-341-4902 or visit www.spiritofamericafestival.com or visit its Facebook page.