Fourth of July Festivities on the Gulf Coast

Jillian Pierce - May 23, 2019

Orange Beach on 4th of July is brimming with firework spectaculars and parties. While we celebrate the birth of our country and independence, we also look at ways to celebrate with family and friends. Picnics and fireworks are a must, but you can upgrade your experience with an Orange Beach 4th of July vacation and let the tropical drinks, sand, and surf be your red, white and blue for the weekend. Even our Orange Beach resort will be hosting its own celebration specially designed for you and your family .

For all the fun in the sun during the holiday week, check out these spots for Gulf Shores and Orange Beach 4th of July fireworks, celebrations and more!

J4 Celebration | Turquoise Place

Thursday, July 2nd-4th

turquoise place fireworks

Our Orange Beach resort will be hosting its very own 4th of July celebration with the Tip Tops, a high-energy dance band playing Motown, Soul and Funk along with current Pop and Top 40 hits! Guests will enjoy free, live music and a fireworks display at the end of the night, 9 p.m.  When you upgrade your Turquoise Place vacation to include the resort’s Freedom Pass, you’ll get access to even more fun and excitement, including a delicious All-American BBQ and unlimited access to all the fun. Family-friendly activities with the Freedom Pass include a photo booth, rock wall, Freedom Blaster Laser Tag, a bungee trampoline and a Surfboard Simulator! Freedom Passes are $20 for kids ages 5-15 years old and $35 for adults. Kids ages 4 and under are free. Freedom Passes are also available for guests not booking through Spectrum. However, passes start at $25 for guests 5-15 and $45 for adults. 

Learn more about the J4 Celebration at Turquoise Place.

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration | Gulf State Park

July 4th, 9 pm

usa flag pin wheel on the beach

Enjoy a dazzling fireworks spectacular from the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier, thanks to the City of Gulf Shores this 4th of July. Grab a spot in on the Gulf State Park beaches, Lake Shelby or Gulf Shores Public Beach for excitement and fun! If you watch from Lake Shelby (across the street from the pier), enjoy food trucks and live music prior to the fireworks show. Admission is free.

Independence Day Street Party | The Wharf

Saturday, July 6th, 5 pm – 9 pm

Celebrate the 4th of July all weekend at The Wharf in Orange Beach! On July 6, from 5 pm – 9 pm, enjoy giveaways, children activities, live entertainment, and much more at no cost! At the end of the party, stick around for a fiery display of pyrotechnics as fireworks light up the night sky at 8:45 pm in celebration of Independence Day.

Visiting the Gulf Coast this Independence Day? Reserve one of our Orange Beach vacation rentals!

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Vacation Extras

History buffs may find it a fitting time to tour Fort Morgan at the end of the scenic Fort Morgan peninsula. During the summer months of June and July, there are daily guided tours at 10 a.m. Staff dressed in period clothing will speak about the Fort’s historical significance, military occupancy and the like. Self-guided tours are also available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

Put some song in your step on July 5 when Rascal Flatts plays The Amphitheater at The Wharf at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at

On Friday, July 5 feast on an Oyster Bake at Tacky Jacks in Gulf Shores from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Listen to live music by the water and tempt your taste buds with fresh oysters, grilled to perfection. Call 251-948-8881 for pricing information.

Need an extra little something for the wee travelers this holiday? Check out the Pirates and Princesses Breakfast at The Hangout! Available 8, 9 and 10 a.m. through Labor Day, this all-you-can-eat breakfast feast is accompanied by skits and sword fights, as well as a search for pirate booty! Affordably priced (adults $13, ages 6-12 $7), don your princess or pirate costume and head on over for a value-added vacation extra! The kids will love it (adult kids included).

Take advantage of the Fourth of July sale at nearby Tanger Outlets in Foley. Shop at famous brand stores from July 4-7 and download the Tanger APP for additional sale finds! If you’re a Spectrum Resorts guest, you’ll find a voucher for a Tanger Outlets coupon book in your check-in packet. Redeem the voucher at the mall office and get started shopping and saving!

Enjoy these Fourth of July ideas and make the most of a Gulf Shores and Orange Beach vacation!