Fourth of July celebrations held across Central Alabama

Fourth of July celebrations held across Central Alabama

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Viewers gather on the UAB quad to watch Thunder on the Mountain in Birmingham. Viewers gather on the UAB quad to watch Thunder on the Mountain in Birmingham.
Hoover held it's first annual "Freedom Fest" at the Hoover Met on the Fourth. Hoover held it's first annual "Freedom Fest" at the Hoover Met on the Fourth.
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Despite wet weather concerns, Fourth of July celebrations went off without a hitch throughout the Birmingham area.

The rain held off so folks could see the night's sky light up over Vulcan in this year's "Thunder on the Mountain." A steady stream of cars was packed along the interstate, while others watched while camped out at various spots around the city. A large crowd gathered at the quad at UAB to get a good spot for the show. Many spectators say this is a tradition they do not miss and FOX6 is glad to be the annual sponsor.

The Hoover Met hosted the city's inaugural "Freedom Fest". At the free to the public event there was an antique car show, activities for the kids, musical acts, and it was all capped off with a fireworks display. Mayor Gary Ivey says the Barons moving downtown made the stadium available for the celebration.

"Well, we just wanted to create some excitement around the Met, now that we're back in possession of it as the Hoover Met. We're just really excited about starting it; it's our first annual and we hope to make it an annual event," said Ivey.

There was also a big Fourth of July celebration in Tuscaloosa. Fireworks completed the 3rd annual "Celebration on the River" at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. It included a concert by the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.

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