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No fireworks in Montgomery, but here are 2 days of July 4 celebrations, fireworks in the region

The Montgomery Advertiser logoThe Montgomery Advertiser 7/1/2020 Shannon Heupel, Montgomery Advertiser

Celebrating the birth of our nation in the middle of a pandemic is a bit of a challenge for the River Region this year. 

Due to coronavirus concerns, the city of Montgomery has canceled all its Fourth of July plans. There will be no fireworks show in Montgomery. Also, it is illegal for individuals to use fireworks within city limits.

There are other celebration options available nearby in the River Region. 

Pike Road Week of Patriotism

Create a Fourth of July-themed painting via video demonstration from a local artist. © Pike Road Create a Fourth of July-themed painting via video demonstration from a local artist.

The town of Pike Road is kicking off the region’s celebrations with its Week of Patriotism.

Along with several Pike Road citizen-centered activities like creating a handprint flag, a new Taste of Summer cookbook, and a blood drive at Town Hall, they're also offering several online activities like patriotic painting lessons and a Songs of Celebration virtual concert. There's also a scavenger hunt that's part physical in Pike Road, and part virtual that anyone can participate in. 

For more information, call 334-272-9883, visit pikeroad.us or write to info@pikeroad.us. Follow them on Facebook @townofpikeroad

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Wetumpka fireworks

On Friday, July 3, Wetumpka will present a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. at Gold Star Park, 212 S. Main St. Fireworks will be shot above the Coosa River. 

Parking within walking distance of the park will be available along the street, in particular at the city administration building and civic center. Guests are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing. 

For more information, call 334-567-5147 or visit cityofwetumpka.com or follow them on Facebook @cityofwetumpka

Montgomery Biscuits BBQ to go 

a close up of text on a white background: The Montgomery Biscuits are offering a to-go BBQ package for the Fourth of July. © Contributed The Montgomery Biscuits are offering a to-go BBQ package for the Fourth of July.

The Montgomery Biscuits will host a BBQ meal pickup on the Fourth of July

Pick up times from Riverwalk Stadium, 200 Coosa St., will be on July 4 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The to-go meal costs $75, and feeds up to six people. It includes pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, BBQ sauce and biscuits. 

They will also offer growler fills in the Cub Car Bar when guests pick up their meals. 

The deadline to place orders is July 1. 

According to Mike Murphy, general manager for the Biscuits, they will also be allowing guests to play catch on the field that day. Guests should bring their own balls and gloves. 

Drinks will be available in the Club Car Bar. 

For more information, call 334-323-2255, visit milb.com/montgomery or follow them on Facebook @MontgomeryBiscuits.

Cloverdale Idlewild Association parade 

a group of people holding flags: Parade organizer Charlie Colvin starts the Cloverdale-Idlewild Fourth of July parade in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday, July 4, 2019. © Jake Crandall/ Advertiser Parade organizer Charlie Colvin starts the Cloverdale-Idlewild Fourth of July parade in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

The annual parade from the Cloverdale Idlewild Association in Montgomery is still happening on the Fourth of July. It starts at 2 p.m. at the intersection of Lexington Road and Plymouth Street. 

“People are so anxious to get back out that we’re going to give it a try,” said longtime organizer Charlie Colvin, who plans to be out in his patriotic red, white and blue outfit and hat. 

“We’re going to be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the suffrage movement. It was 100 years ago that the suffragists got the right to vote for women,” Colvin said. “We’re also going to acknowledge the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.”

The parade will follow its regular route through the neighborhood to Cloverdale Bottom Park, “with flags and drums and floats of anybody who wants to make one, kids with their bikes and decorated lawnmowers,” Colvin said.   

Follow the association online at montgomerycia.com or on Facebook @CloverdaleIdlewild.

Prattville fireworks spectacular

Prattville's fireworks are still flying on the Fourth of July, but in a different location than usual: the Homeplace clock tower off Highway 82.

The show will take place at dark, roughly 9 p.m.

“The reason they’re doing it at the clock tower is that people are going to be able to distance themselves," said Betty Hall, pool manager and activities coordinator for Prattville. "There’s so many local businesses I that area where they can set up in the parking lot.”

According to the city, the show will visible from High Point, Prattville Town Center, The Exchange and other locations.

"This one-time plan will allow our family tradition to continue as we celebrate our country’s independence," said Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie Jr. 

There are no other events or entertainment connected with the show. 

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 334-595-0800, visit prattvilleal.gov or on Facebook @PrattvilleALgov.

The AMP on Lake Martin

An outdoor concert and fireworks show is still on for the Fourth of July at the Lake Martin Amphitheater (The AMP), 8878 Kowaliga Road, Eclectic.

“Grab a spot on the lawn,” said Robert Gunn, director of marketing operations for The AMP.  “We’re drawing what I call social circles on the ground.” 

Tickets are $10 each, and are available online only at theamponlakemartin.com. The facility is being limited to 50 percent capacity. This is an all-ages show, and no tickets are required for children younger than 6. 

“We are drastically limiting the number of tickets this year,” said Gunn, who added that a sellout is a possibility. 

Gates open at 5 p.m.  A concert with The Bank Walkers starts at 7 p.m. The Vegabonds perform at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m., after a performance of the National Anthem by Prattville’s Jessie Lynn. 

a person standing on a stage: Prattville's singing cowgirl Jessie Lynn will sing the National Anthem at The Amp at Lake Martin for the Fourth of July. © Shannon Heupel/Advertiser Prattville's singing cowgirl Jessie Lynn will sing the National Anthem at The Amp at Lake Martin for the Fourth of July.

“Bring your lawn chairs and a cooler if you desire,” Gunn said. “We will have a food truck from Montgomery on site.” 

For more information, call 256-397-1019 or follow them on Facebook @LakeMartinAMP.

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Shannon Heupel at sheupel@gannett.com.

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