Birmingham plans on celebrating the Fourth of July with a bang this year, and the big show happens tonight.
The city's fireworks display was postponed to Thursday after bad weather on Tuesday, and with hundreds from Birmingham and the surrounding area expected to attend, here's what you need to know:
- Where: Lincoln Hills Golf Course, located at 14 Mile Road and Cranbrook. Parking will be available at across the street. The golf course wil be closed Thursday leading up to the fireworks.
- When: The gates open at 7 p.m. with the show expected to start at dusk.
- Weather: According to the National Weather Service, Thursday will be sunny and hot, with a high near 95 degrees. Meanwhile, there's a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms all day.
- What to bring: Make it a night out with the family: attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and even a picnic dinner.
- What not to bring: Alcohol drinks are not permitted, neither are sparklers.
Setting off your own fireworks? Stay safe
Will you be setting off your own fireworks this year? Make sure you stay safe doing it. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), thousands of children and teens are injured while using consumer fireworks and the risk of fireworks injury is more than twice as high for kids ages 10-14.
, residents are allowed to shoot off various consumer-grade fireworks — including bottle rockets and firecrackers — Tuesday through Thursday. However after that, discharging consumer-grade fireworks is illegal and punishable with a $500 fine.
Low-impact fireworks, including sparklers, are allowed any day of the year. Still, those sparklers can get hot. According to NFPA, sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. As a point of reference: wood burns at 575 degrees while glass melts at 900 degrees.