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Plenty of parades and fireworks for the Fourth

July 3, 2014

By Teri Greene, Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.

July 03--Let's celebrate! There is no shortage of Independence Day parades, parties and concerts throughout the region. Here's a look at what's going on.

Montgomery

Downtown/Riverfront

The city will host a Fourth of July Picnic at Riverfront Park from 4:30-10 p.m. Friday, including food vendors, kids' inflatables, live music and more. Coolers are allowed, but no alcoholic beverages. At 5 p.m., the Dreamland Rib Eating competition gets underway, followed at 6 p.m. with live music from King Bee and Federal Expression.

At 6:05 p.m., the Montgomery Biscuits will take on the Mississippi Braves at Riverwalk Stadium (for more about the game, go to biscuitsbaseball.com). At Riverfront Park immediately following the Biscuits game, there will be what the city is billing as "the largest July Fourth fireworks show to date" to cap off the day of activities. Find more information online at funinmontgomery.com.

The Harriott II Riverboat will begin boarding at 8 p.m., then set off for its Fireworks Cruise from 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., with live entertainment, concessions and a cash bar. Tickets for the cruise are $25 per adult and $15 per child.

Cloverdale

This annual event will be from 2-3 p.m. Friday on the corner of Lexington Road and Plymouth Street in the Cloverdale-Idlewild neighborhood. The annual Cloverdale-Idlewild Neighborhood parade is celebrating its 40th year, and the theme is the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The parade will wind through the neighborhood and finish at the Cloverdale Bottom Park (corner of Cloverdale Road and Ponce de Leon) under the shady live oak trees for a patriotic mini-pageant.

Prattville

Prattville Fourth of July parade and celebration

At 9 a.m. Friday, fire engines, candy, floats and more will take to the streets for this popular annual parade. This year's grand marshals are veterans of the Gulf War, Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Bring lawn chairs and set up early for a good spot along the one-mile parade route, going through downtown and ending at Pratt Park.

Streets downtown will be closed along the parade route. For more information, call 595-0854.

Annual Lions Club BBQ and Cardboard Boat Races

After the parade, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., join the fun at the annual Lions Club BBQ and Camp Stew Sale at Pratt Park, with live music, a patriotic program, a children's fun area and lots of arts and crafts. Call 358-1068 for more information.

At 10 a.m., the annual Cardboard Boat Races always make a splash. Teams will create their competition boats out of cardboard and duct tape. Prizes include longest floating boat, the Titanic Award for the most dramatic sink, most creative and more. Get a team together or just come watch all the fun. For information, call the Department of Leisure Services at 595-0800.

Fireworks presentation

Gates open at 6 p.m. at Stanley-Jensen Stadium for a spectacular fireworks display, set to begin at dark. Come early and get a great seat, or bring your own lawn chair. No pets, alcoholic beverages or glass containers will be allowed. Enjoy food and beverage vendors and a live patriotic program by the Prattville Pops and the Community Chorus. Admission is free.

Pike Road

The Pike Road Civic and Community Clubs will host the annual parade, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Friday at Pike Road Baptist Church, 4790 Pike Road, and travels throughout the town's historic district. The theme for entries is "Symbols of Freedom." Anyone interested in participating needs to register beginning at 8 a.m. at Pike Road Baptist Church.

In the past, entries have been as small as a tricycle and as large as a decorated float. The goal is to have a family-friendly event while focusing on the theme and celebrating patriotism. For more information, contact David Livingston, parade chairman, at 657-2013 or 281-6306.

The fun continues at 5 p.m. with Summer Fest, hosted by the town of Pike Road in partnership with The Waters and Montgomery County Commissioner Reed Ingram. It will be held at The Waters on Marler Road. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., and admission is $10 per vehicle. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the live music by Brandon Self and the Outlaw Revival, and a fireworks display later in the evening.

Beverages and food will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the Pike Road Lions Club. Nancy's Italian Ice also will be available for purchase. The highlight of the evening will be the spectacular fireworks display overlooking the lake. For more information, contact Kadie Crowell at 495-4109 or send an email to kadie@pikeroad.us.

Old Alabama Town

Enjoy lemonade and play in the sprinklers as you explore early American life at Old Alabama Town in downtown Montgomery. See how early Americans living in Alabama lived and worked in the 1800s in this charming historic village. Purchase tickets and begin your tour at 301 Columbus St.

Old Alabama Town is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the last ticket sold at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-18, and children 4 and younger are admitted free. For more information, call 888-240-1850.

Lake Martin

The fun begins at 10 a.m. with the July Fourth Boat Parade at Kowaliga Marina, following a route to Children's Harbor and back. Prizes will be awarded for the largest flag, tallest flag, most patriotic and most creative.

The Birmingham-based dance band Nationwide Coverage is set to headline the Fourth of July Blast at the Lake Martin Amphitheater, on Alabama 63 (8878 Kowaliga Road in Eclectic). There will be fireworks in the Kowaliga Bay area of Lake Martin. This event is billed as one of the best fireworks shows in the Southeast. Bring coolers, chairs, ponchos or raincoats and picnics for the fireworks display and concert.

Wetumpka

This city's Fourth of July celebration begins at 6 p.m. at Gold Star Park with "Kim Armstrong's A Popular Dance," followed by the band Wishbone at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m., sponsored by Wind Creek Hospitality. For more information, log on to cityofwetumpka.com

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