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CONTACT: Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381
Celebrate Independence Day with a Weekend of Fun and Fireworks in the River City
Decatur, Ala. (June 28, 2021) – For those in search of things to do during the Fourth of July holiday, the city of Decatur is offering a weekend of fun and activities at Point Mallard Park. With something for the entire family, the Spirit of America Festival offers two days of star-spangled fun, arts and crafts, live music, a bike parade and a spectacular firework show in honor of Independence Day. Festival hours are Saturday, July 3rd 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 4th 12:00 to 9:00 p.m.
This year, the Spirit of America Festival will take place over two days. Activities lined up both days include a petting zoo, pony rides, trackless train rides, carnival games and face painting. Over 100 food and arts and craft vendors along with food trucks will be on hand so attendees may shop for unique items and indulge on lemonade, sweet tea, shaved ice, funnel cakes, ice cream, beignets, pizza, hamburgers, hotdogs, iced coffees, deep fried Oreos, egg rolls, gyros, chicken wings, roasted corn, catfish, shrimp, kettle corn and much more.
July 4th festivities kick off with the Children’s Bike Parade at 10:00 a.m. with patriotic decorated bikes, tricycles, wagons and strollers making their way from the TC Almon Center to the Point Mallard Ice Complex. Registration for the parade is free and is required beginning at 9:00 a.m. at TC Almon.
The Spirit of America Field will open to guests at 3:00 p.m. on July 4th so that families can pick out a prime viewing location with their blankets and chairs to enjoy the fireworks show set for later in the evening. There will be entertainment on stage at the Spirit of America Field beginning at 4:00 p.m. with north Alabama musician Zoe Burdett, Erica Moyers at 5:30 p.m., Christian band Xtreme Faith at 6:00 p.m., and interactive Family Comedy Show "Austin & Leb Presents" at 7:30 p.m.
To wrap up the weekend of family fun, a spectacular fireworks display will illuminate the night sky at 9:00 p.m. on July 4th. The fireworks display will be choreographed to music simulcast by WDRM, and spectators outside of Point Mallard Park are encouraged to tune in to 102.1 FM to enjoy.
From 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. on July 4th, NARCOG Transit will provide shuttle service for the fireworks show from the GE plant (2328 Point Mallard Dr. SE) and Princess Theatre (112 Second Ave. NE). Shuttle wristbands are only $2 and allow each person that makes a purchase, unlimited rides to and from the festival site; and will allow for easy access when leaving the festival. Individual one way trips will cost $1 each if a wristband is not purchased. Last call for downtown parking will be at 10:45 p.m. (firm). Correct change must be used. Drivers do not carry change and do not accept debit or credit cards. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Transit Administration continues to require the use of face coverings when riding public transportation. All riders must wear a mask and practice social distancing as much as possible. 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.
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.
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 and parking is free. For more information please call 256-341-4839 or visit the Festival’s Facebook page @spiritofamericafestival.
About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting www.NorthAlabama.org. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @VisitNorthAL and like us at www.facebook.com/VisitNorthAL.