Gulf Shores announces Fourth of July fireworks celebration

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4th of July Fireworks 2016The City of Gulf Shores will celebrate the Fourth of July with a stunning fireworks display, beginning at 9 p.m. on Monday, July 4. Fireworks will be shot from the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier. In addition to the annual fireworks show, a Salute to the Services and carnival-like activities will kick off at 5:30 p.m. at the Gulf Shores Public Beach.

“Beginning at 5:30 p.m., we will have stilt walkers, face painters, balloon artists, a live DJ, snow cones and a Salute to the Services starting at 7 p.m. honoring each branch of the armed forces,” said Programs and Events Manager, Brigette Reynolds. “We are excited about continuing our rich Fourth of July tradition and invite all locals and visitors to celebrate with us at Gulf Shores Public Beach.”

According to organizers, fireworks will be shot from the end of the 1500 foot fishing pier, leaving Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores Public Beach and surrounding areas as ideal locations for spectators. “We can’t thank Gulf State Park enough for their partnership allowing us to put on this wonderful show,” said Reynolds.

Gulf State Park’s “Support a Veteran” program allows veterans free sightseeing admission on the pier as well as discounted fishing permits and specials throughout the year. $5 parking donations will be collected at the Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion, Gulf State Park Fishing Pier and Lake Shelby Picnic Area on July 4th. Collection boxes will also be available at the pier, pavilion and Gulf Shores Public Beach to support the sponsorship program.

Please be advised of the following closures related to the Gulf State Park Pier.

Sunday, July 3 – 2:00 p.m. – Crews will begin setup for the fireworks show. The end of the pier will close.

Monday, July 4 – 7 a.m. – The pier will close south of the bathhouse as crews continue the load in.

Monday, July 4 – 6 p.m. – A larger portion of the pier closes for the fireworks show.

Tuesday, July 5 – 2:00 a.m. – The pier will reopen for business.

For more information about the City of Gulf Shores’ Fourth of July fireworks, contact the Special Events Division at 251-968-1174 or visit www.gulfshoresal.gov

Exiting Traffic Plan for Fourth of July Fireworks

The City of Gulf Shores would like to make all residents and visitors aware of the exiting traffic plan that will be activated immediately following the Fourth of July fireworks show.

The following traffic plan is being implemented to help direct the flow of exiting traffic more efficiently by routing traffic onto major roadways where traffic signals are coordinated to give priority over secondary streets.

– All vehicles parked in the gravel public parking lot across from the main public beach area will be required to exit onto West 1st Avenue by utilizing a LEFT turn. No traffic will be allowed to exit directly onto East Beach Boulevard from this lot and all RIGHT turns from this lot onto West 1st Avenue will be prohibited.

– No traffic will be allowed to exit onto Highway 59 from West 1st Avenue.

– Access onto Highway 59 from East 1st Avenue will be limited to RIGHT turn only.

– Pedestrian pathways will be provided in congested areas along Beach Boulevard. Pedestrians should only cross roadways at appropriate pedestrian crossings.

These temporary traffic flow modifications are expected to remain in place for approximately one hour following the conclusion of the fireworks show.

For more information, contact City Hall at 251-968-1120 or visit www.gulfshoresal.gov.

Fireworks Exiting Traffic Plan Map - 2016