For 49 years, the City of Decatur, Alabama has been proud to host the Spirit of America Festival and provide free, family entertainment to thousands of area residents in celebration of the 4th of July.
For many years, the Spirit of America Festival has attracted thousands of families to Point Mallard Park in Decatur for some free star-spangled fun, and organizers are pleased to announce this year’s festival has been expanded to four days offering more activities than in previous years. Festival goers will be entertained with an incredible lineup of live music, carnival rides, children’s activities, and more with the fun beginning on July 1st and culminating with a spectacular fireworks show and a free concert on the night of July 4th.
The Independence Day celebration kicks off on July 1st and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, July 2nd, Point Mallard Park will be filled with carnival and midway rides. All rides require the purchase of tickets for a nominal fee.
Activities on July 3rd include a cornhole tournament during the day, and at 6 p.m., a beer garden and gourmet food trucks will take over the Spirit of America field offering a variety of culinary delights and draft beer. Live music also gets underway at 6 p.m. and includes performances by Frances Band, Trick Zipper, The Wheelers, and Resurrection, a Journey tribute band.
The festivities get underway bright and early at 8 a.m. on July 4th with the raising of the flag. Activities include a children’s bike parade featuring patriotic decorated bikes, tricycles, wagons, and strollers; Celebrity Impressionist Kevin Adams; a variety of events for children; a zumba demonstration; and ongoing live music which fires up at noon and includes performances by the Army Materiel Rock Band, McTazz Band, Hired Guns Band, Nashville recording artist Rena White. A Battle of the Bands and Talent Contest takes the stage beginning at 3 p.m. where a grand prize of a recording contract is up for grabs.
The Spirit of America Award Show, a presentation of awards recognizing outstanding service and sacrifice for country and fellow man, is set for 8:30 p.m. following a Veterans Walk at 8:15 p.m., with fireworks lighting up the night sky at 9:30 p.m. The celebration culminates with a free concert by the Midnight Riders: Allman Brothers Tribute beginning at 9:50 p.m. following the fireworks show.
All activities take place in Point Mallard Park located at 2901 Point Mallard Drive in Decatur. Admission to the festival is free; however, carnival and midway rides and some children’s activities require the purchase of tickets for a nominal fee. For more information you may also visit our Facebook page.