While this certainly is a summer like none other, the show will go on, with social distance, for farmers markets, outdoor movies, fireworks and more.
1. Farmers Markets
You can still shop local businesses and farmers’ selections local farmers’ markets. Here are the markets that are open are opening soon for the summer:
- Alabaster Farmers Market: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon,
- Helena Market Days: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon
- Market Place at Lee Branch: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, open for drive-through and online ordering now
- Montevallo Farmers’ Market: Mondays, 3-6 p.m.
- Mt Laurel Farmers’ Market & Craft Fair: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon
- Valleydale Farmers Market: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, now open, requesting visitors let the vendors touch the products only
2. Alabaster’s July Fourth Fireworks Show
Thursday, July 2 | 9 p.m.
Thompson High School
Alabaster’s annual is moving to Thompson High School this year. The fireworks will be launched from an area near the THS athletic facilities, so the best viewing areas will be the parking lots around those facilities, including Warrior Stadium, and behind the school. The fireworks will still likely be visible from other locations in the city, such as the Publix shopping center, Alabaster Municipal Park and perhaps even the Promenade shopping center. In previous years, fireworks had been shot from the east side of Alabama 119.
3. Helena Festival Independence Day
Friday, July 3 | 5:30 p.m.
Old Town Helena
Start your Fourth of July celebration a day early with food trucks, live music, and a fireworks display starting around 9 p.m. Old Town’s merchants will be open for the festivities too, and social distancing guidelines will be in place among the vendors. Visit hbahelena.com for more information or to purchase a Fourth of July themed shirt ($20 each) to help fund the fireworks display.
4. Friday Night Movies
Select Friday Nights
Veterans Park, Alabaster
The show is going on with social distance at these free movie nights, starting around dusk (8 p.m.). Just bring a chair or blanket to set on and snacks and drinks. Catch the 2019 Aladdin on July 10, and Playing With Fire on July 24. Find more details at Cityofalabaster.com/165/Parks-Recreation.
5. Alabama Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday
Saturday, July 18
Save the date to shop sales tax free for back to school clothes, supplies and more in Homewood city limits and lots of other counties and municipalities around the state. For more details on what items qualify, visit revenue.alabama.gov.
6. Liberty Day
Friday & Saturday, July 24 & 25
COVID-19 changed the dates of this annual festival, but it will still go on with music, food trucks, arts and craft vendors, activities for children, a car show, a hotdog eating contest, a parade down Main Street, and, of course, a fireworks show.
7. Free Friday Flicks
Select Friday Nights
Veterans Park, Valleydale Road
COVID-19 might have delayed this summertime tradition, but it’s set to come back to life with social distancing July 31 and August 7, 14 and 21. Find updates on films and more on the event Facebook page.
8. Third Annual Summer Shindig
Saturday, Aug. 15 | 5-9 p.m.
Old Baker Farm
Time for farm-style summer fun with a sunflower maze, watermelon cutting, visits with animals, live music, fireworks, arts and crafts, food trucks and more. Special regulations for activities such as watermelon cutting will be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and features such as the sunflower maze will be spread out so that social distancing can easily take place. Tickets are $10 at the gate (cash) or $12 in advance (card). For more information and updates call 205-672-7209 or visit oldbakerfarm.com or the farm’s Facebook page.
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