July Fourth

With the Fourth of July landing on a Thursday this year, it can be tough to juggle celebrations, cookouts and a work week. However, that hasn’t stopped many Limestone Countians from planning events Monday through Friday and even through the weekend.

Artists can kick the week off with classes for kids, a free concert and of course, a fireworks show Tuesday. The fun continues with multiple fireworks displays and Independence Day celebrations July 4, and it doesn’t stop July 5, as several locations host post-Fourth concerts and more.

“The fireworks might be done, but they might want to come out and dance and have a few drinks, and that’s what we’re there for,” said Heidi Burson, lead singer of the Heidi Burson Band, which will be performing at Lucy’s BARge on Friday.

It’ll be the first official performance for Burson in Alabama, though she’s visited the area several times. She described the band’s music as “a recreation of a classic sound,” with a lot of Nashville soul, Motown, originals and covers that will keep the party going from 7 to 11 p.m. at 6049 Bay Village Road in Athens.

“It’ll be a fun, loud set of familiar tunes and ones they might know,” Burson said. “... It’s a really beautiful place, so I’m really excited to get to play there.”

Those interested in a preview of Burson’s sound can check her out at heidiburson.com or under “Heidi Burson” on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Here are some of the many other events going on next week:

July 1–3

• Old Glory Pallet Class for ages 12 and up, 6–8 p.m. at The Broken Brush Studio, 107 S. Marion St., Athens. Pre-registration required. Cost is $45 per student. More information: 256-497-5934.

July 2

• Independence Day Celebration with the Voices of Mobile, 7 p.m. at Sardis Springs Baptist Church. The performance is free and open to all ages, with a love offering accepted on behalf of the group. The show will be followed by homemade ice cream and fireworks.

July 3–4

• Fourth of July at Joe Wheeler State Park. The fun begins July 3 with a camper decorating contest and people’s choice voting and continues through both days with a children’s popsicle-eating contest 3:30 p.m. July 4 for ages 0-1, children’s bike and golf cart parade at 7 and more. More information: 256-247-5461.

July 4

• Spirit of America Festival. Now in its 53rd year, the free festival offers arts and crafts, a bike parade and a fireworks show. The fun begins at 3 p.m., but families can register for the bike parade as early as 9 a.m. and enjoy the day at Point Mallard water park, which opens at 10 a.m. Admission for the park is $20 for adults and $15 for children 5–11 years old, military with ID and seniors 62 years or older. Food and craft vendors will be available in Spirit of America Field starting at 3 p.m. so attendees can shop and eat before finding a seat for the 9 p.m. fireworks display simulcast by 102.1 FM WDRM. More information: www.spiritofamericafestival.com or 256-341-4902.

• Blanche Freedom Festival, 4–10 p.m. at Blanche School. Located about 12 miles from Ardmore in Taft, Tennessee, the annual festival features games, food, music, door prizes and an evening fireworks show. Admission is free.

• Fourth of July Celebration with Central Church of Christ, 7 p.m. This free event includes cornhole, food, live music and a great view of the Red, White & Boom Fireworks Show.

• Fourth of July with Cultivate Church of Athens. The church will have free hot dogs, cotton candy and soft drinks during the Red, White & Boom Fireworks Show.

• Red, White & Boom. The annual Athens Fireworks Show kicks off after dark from Athens Stadium. Those who wish to view it can sit at Central Church of Christ, Swan Creek Park, Athens Shopping Center, Athens Middle School, Athens High School, to name a few spots. No stadium seating allowed. The show is presented for free by Athens-Limestone County Tourism, City of Athens and Limestone County Commission. More information: 256-232-5411.

July 5

• Heidi Burson Band at Lucy’s BARge, 7 p.m. Food and drink specials available.

July 6

• Patriotic Day at Athens Saturday Market, 8 a.m.–noon. Awards will be given to most patriotic pooch, best-dressed child and best festooned bike or wagon in the patriotic dress-up competition. Southern Splendor Chorus will perform, and customers can check out a variety of local vendors and food trucks at this state-certified farmers market.

• Elk River Boat Party, 3–7 p.m. It’s lucky year 13 for the annual boat party, with Kozmic Mama as its musical guest. The nearest boat launch is Lee-Hi Boat Ramp.

• Born Free Bash 2019, 3:30–7:30 p.m.. Now in its fourth year, this boats-only party on Elk River will feature music from The Jeff Quillen Band. Food available for purchase.

• July Cruise-In on the Square, 6–9 p.m. No judging at this event, just show, shine and enjoy the many restaurants and shops around The Square in downtown Athens.

• Bay Village Fireworks Show, sunset. This display is viewable from Lucy’s BARge at Lucy’s Branch Marina or from a boat at Tennessee River mile marker 287. The fourth annual show is hosted by local families, weather-permitting, and starts at sunset.