Since opening in 2011, the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater has been home to the Fourth of July Celebration on the River, a yearly event featuring outdoor activities, live music and fireworks. This year’s celebration will host concerts by Taylor Hicks and the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.
The Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority has helped organize the event and make the festivities accessible for those of all ages.
“Since PARA’s inception, we did the July 4th event in one of our parks, ” said Becky Booker, PARA’s public relations and marketing manager. “When the amphitheater opened about seven years ago, the mayor invited us to move the festivities to the grounds to kind of show of the amphitheater to the community and we’ve been working with the city since then.”
The amphitheater gates will open at 6 p.m., allowing patrons to purchase concessions or find the best seat before the event starts. The event is covered under the city’s entertainment district, allowing those of age to purchase and leave the premises with alcoholic beverages.
At this time, the PARA Kids Zone will also open. Booker said that this year’s Kids Zone will bring new attractions as well as old favorites from previous years.
With water slides, face painting and a climbing wall, this area will allow those of all ages, despite the name, to participate in outdoor activities before the concerts begin.
“We even had one guy with a beard one year that wanted face paint on his beard,” Booker said. “That was kind of challenging, but we accommodated him.”
Musical acts are set to begin at 8 p.m. with a 10-minute…
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