For 50 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 Friday evening, July 1st with a special V.I.P. ticket holder fundraising event. Here, sponsors and friends will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvre and dancing from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturday, July 2nd, join us at Point Mallard Park at 5 p.m. to enjoy the Spirit of America Voice Talent Competition followed by two evening concerts starring Rodeo Gypsy and Craig Wayne Boyd. Food vendors and a Beer and Wine Garden Area will be available on site.
Activities on July 3rd begin at Southside Baptist Church with a “Celebrate America” program beginning at 10:30 a.m. At 1 p.m., $5 lunch boxes are available for a Spirit of America field picnic followed by family and friends games. Entertainment gets underway on stage at 5 p.m. and continues through the evening. Performances include a repeat performance of “Celebrate America” patriotic program by The Southside Baptist Church and Choir with special guest, Wes Hampton of the Gaither Vocal Band. At 9 p.m. enjoy a special youth concert.
On July 4th the festivities get underway at 10 a.m. with a Pepsi children’s bike parade featuring patriotic decorated bikes, tricycles, wagons, and strollers followed by family group games and entertainment on the Spirit of America Stage at 5 p.m.
The Spirit of America Awards Ceremony, a presentation of awards recognizing outstanding service and sacrifice for country and fellow man, begins at 8:00 p.m. and includes a Veterans Honor Walk. Fireworks are planned to light up the night sky at 9:45 p.m. These will be accompanied by a local volunteer orchestra. The celebration culminates with a free concert by CMT star Kassie Miller following the fireworks show.
Most 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.