Best Bets, Gulf Coast Weekend Events, 7/4-7/7



CITY OF MOBILE CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE DAY- Thurs 2pm-11pm, Cooper Riverside Park, downtown Mobile

Activities include live music, outdoor family fun, food (available for purchase), and much more. GulfQuest will be open from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. for exhibit tours ($5) and to buy an all-day pass for the water slide ($5). At 7 p.m., the Mobile Symphonic Pops Band will begin their concert, and at 9 p.m. sharp, there will be a fireworks extravaganza on the Mobile River. CLICK HERE 

SERTOMA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION- Thurs 11am-6pm, with fireworks at 9pm, Seville Square, downtown Pensacola

There will be FREE activities throughout the day, including a FREE Children’s Area with inflatables, rock climbing wall, pony rides, and much more! There will also be Arts and Crafts vendors, Food vendors, and live entertainment (Not Quite Fab, Still Standing) on the Bayfront stage in the evening… followed by fireworks show over the Bay at 9. CLICK HERE

SYMPHONY SPARKS & STARS- Thurs 7:30pm-9:30pm, Hunter Amphitheater, Pensacola Community Maritime Park, downtown Pensacola

The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra will play a patriotic musical performance, among other classical favorites, and continue to play along with an additional fireworks show that will wrap up just before Sertoma's 4th of July Fireworks start at 9:00 p.m.  CLICK HERE

PENSACOLA BEACH FIREWORKS- Thurs 8:30pm, Pensacola Beach Boardwalk, CLICK HERE

GULF SHORES 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS- Thurs 9pm, Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, CLICK HERE

SEMMES INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION- Wed 7pm-8:30pm, Mary G Montgomery Stadium, Semmes

Free event, with fireworks, music and food vendors. CLICK HERE

DAUPHIN ISLAND FIREWORKS- Thurs 9pm, Dauphin Island Public Beach, CLICK HERE   

FAIRHOPE’S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION- Thurs 7pm (concert), 9pm (fireworks), Fairhope Pier

Free concert by the Baldwin Pops in Henry George Park, followed by fireworks at 9pm. CLICK HERE

DAPHNE’S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION- Thurs 5pm-9pm, Trione Sports Complex, Whispering Pines Rd, Daphne

Fun begins at 5,with Waterslides, Inflatables, Games & FREE Concessions. Fireworks begin at dusk.  CLICK HERE

OWA 4TH OF JULY - Thurs 2pm-9pm, The Park at OWA, Foley

There will be activities in the Park (2pm-6pm), with live music (4-8:30pm) and Inflatables (5:30-8:30pm). GLOWA dance party (8pm and 9:05pm at Main Fountain). Fireworks at 8:45pm.  CLICK HERE    

MOBILE BAYBEARS 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS- Thurs 6:35pm, Fri 7:05pm, Hank Aaron Stadium

Gulf Coast’s most extravagant fireworks show, following the game between the BayBears and Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (also Thirsty Thursday). More fireworks after Friday’s game. BayBears also have games Saturday (7:05pm) and Sunday (2:05pm).  CLICK HERE

GRAND BAY WATERMELON FESTIVAL- Wed 3pm-7pm; Thurs 8am-4pm, Odd Fellows Festival Park, Grand Bay

Wednesday features entertainment, food and vendors. Thursday includes Open Car Show, Pretty Baby Contest, Watermelon Eating Contest, Seed Spitting Contest, and all the free, sliced, ice cold watermelon you can eat (on the 4th ONLY). CLICK HERE 

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND - Wed 7pm, The Wharf Amphitheater, Orange Beach, CLICK HERE

RASCAL FLATTS with special guest JIMMIE ALLEN- Fri 7:30pm, The Wharf Amphitheater, Orange Beach, CLICK HERE   

MUSCADINE BLOODLINE - Sat 8pm, The Port at The Wharf, Orange Beach, CLICK HERE   

INDEPENDENCE DAY STREET PARTY- Sat 5pm-9pm (fireworks begin at 8:45pm), Main Street, The Wharf, Orange Beach

Fun for the whole family, with kids activities, fireworks, and patriotic Spectra Sound and Light Show. Admission is FREE; Face painting - $5, $7 & $10, Trampoline Jumpee & Camel Rides $5. CLICK HERE

1st GULF COAST Annual CREOLE CAJUN FESTIVAL- Fri/Sat 10am-10pm, Community Maritime Park, downtown Pensacola

Creole and Cajun restaurants from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas will bring their best dishes and signature drinks. There will be live music and children’s activities.  CLICK HERE 

YELLA BEEZY- Wed 10pm, Soul Kitchen, downtown Mobile, CLICK HERE



GARY ALLAN- Fri 8pm, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Biloxi, CLICK HERE    

BRETT YOUNG- Sat 9pm, Wind Creek Casino, Atmore, CLICK HERE

BLUES ON THE BAY: THE TRUTH featuring CAT RHODES- Sun 6pm, Community Maritime Park, downtown Pensacola

Enjoy a cool breeze off the bay while dancing and listening to some of the region's best musical talent. Concerts are free and open to the publicCLICK HERE 

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK- Fri 6pm-8pm, downtown Fairhope

Stroll through downtown Fairhope to see local artists and hear local musicians at various venues. Start your Art Walk at the Eastern Shore Art Center to see the latest exhibit. CLICK HERE 

MARKET IN THE PARK- Saturdays through July 27th, 7:30am-12:00noon, Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile

Each year, the Mobile Arts Council and the City of Mobile Special Events Department work together to produce Market in the Park. Each week, the market features live musical performances, one-of-a-kind arts and crafts produced by local artisans, and locally grown produce, seafood, cheese and eggs, honeys, flowers and plants, baked goods, pasta, and more. CLICK HERE

FRIDAY AT THE FIREHOUSE- Fri 5:30pm-7pm, H.H. Edwards Station, Hillcrest Rd, Mobile

Friday At The Firehouse is an open-house-style evening of family fun! You will have the chance to tour the stations, explore the fire engines, and meet Mobile Fire-Rescue crews. There will also be coloring stations and kids games. CLICK HERE 

AFC MOBILE SOCCER vs PENSACOLA FC- Sat 6:30pm (pre-game); 7pm (kickoff), Lipscomb Athletic Complex, Michael Blvd, Mobile

AFC Mobile – Mobile, Alabama’s soccer team – is dedicated to providing the people of Mobile, Alabama with a team they will be proud of and a family-friendly game day experience that will excite them, all at a low cost. CLICK HERE

ASBA SOFTBALL - Thurs/Fri 5pm and 7pm, Pat Hicks Field, Satsuma High School

This is the 2nd season of the American Softball Association, a professional softball league made up of 4 teams, with players from around the country (as well as local players from South Alabama and UWF!). CLICK HERE

SCIENCE FICTION, SCIENCE FUTURE- Sat May 25 - September 2, Gulf Coast Exploreum, downtown Mobile

Engaging exhibits enable visitors to develop a deeper understanding of how science fiction ideas and concepts might become the science reality of tomorrow. Science Fiction, Science Future engages visitors with exciting hands-on and full-body experiences incorporating robots, invisibility, mind control, holograms, and augmented realityCLICK HERE


SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (PG13)- Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. Stars Zendaya, Tom Holland, Angourie Rice, Jake Gyllenhaal

MIDSOMMAR (R) - A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult. Stars Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper   

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