TUSCALOOSA, AL (6.9.11) – The City of Tuscaloosa announced today that the Independence Day Celebration on the River will be held this year at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on July 4th.


“When we decided to build the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater three years ago, we envisioned its use to extend beyond just music concerts; rather, we wanted it to be a versatile venue that would serve as a gathering place for community events like Celebration on the River.  We are excited to host this patriotic event at the new Amphitheater, and hope that it will become a tradition for the citizens of Tuscaloosa,” said Mayor Walt Maddox. 


The event will feature a pops performance by the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra including patriotic favorites, familiar hits from movies & Broadway and excerpts from Tchaicovsky’s 1812 Overture choreographed with the grand finale of a full-scale firework spectacular.  “Downtown Tuscaloosa, the Amphitheatre and the Warrior River offer the perfect atmosphere for the Tuscaloosa Symphony to present a Boston Pops-style patriotic concert. It is my hope that the Symphony performance, fireworks and multiple other family attractions will help to lighten all of our hearts and allow us to enjoy again all of the beautiful elements which make us proud to live here,” said Elizabeth McGuire, Executive Director of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.


There will be entertainment for the entire family including tug-of-war, water balloon tossing, sack races, laser tag, a bounce house, face painting, magicians, a kids sized train and a rock-climbing wall on the front grounds of the Tuscaloosa News. “This event has always been the largest Fourth of July celebration in West Alabama.  This year will be even more special as the City of Tuscaloosa, PARA and our fine sponsors make this the most outstanding holiday event ever.  With the kids and adult activities we are offering in a beautiful riverfront setting, this will be a signature event for our community,” said Gary Minor, Executive Director of the Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority.


Veterans from military organizations such as The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6022 (VFW), Disabled American Veterans Chapter 1, Vietnam Vets of America Chapter 301 and Marine Corps League Mike Spann Detachment #1272 as well as veterans from various programs at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center who proudly served their country in uniformed services of the armed forces and are now receiving care at the medical center for their sacrifices will be in attendance as part of the patriotic Celebration.





The Tuscaloosa boating community is also invited to enjoy the fireworks live from the Black Warrior River.  Boaters will be able to tune in to local radio stations for a live simulcast of the last half hour the Tuscaloosa Symphony’s performance and fireworks.


Coca-Cola is sending in a team of “Happiness Ambassadors” as part of their 125 years of Coca-Cola Celebration. The Coca-Cola team will be handing out prizes and taking pictures of patrons having fun at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre; plus a grand prize of a trip to Monticello will be given away.


Tickets for Celebration on the River are on-sale now.  General admission tickets are $5.00 for individuals and $15.00 for a Family 4-pack.  Children 5 and under get in free with a ticketed adult.  Amphitheater gates will open at 7pm with festivities kicking off at 7:30pm. 


Celebration on the River is sponsored by Parker Towing, Drummond Coal Company, Walter Energy, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa, Alabama Power Company, Hunt Refining Co. & Kirby Corporation. 


Schedule of Events

4pm-6pm: Parker Towing Tow Boat Tours at the dock of the Bama Belle plus Army Corps of

            Engineers and Children’s Hand On Museum (CHOM) Displays

6pm: PARA Kids Activities & Games

7pm: Tuscaloosa Amphitheater gates open

7:30pm: Tuscaloosa Symphony first set

8:20pm: Tuscaloosa Symphony second set

9pm: Fireworks




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