Planning to check out Thunder on the Mountain this year? The annual fireworks extravaganza is truly a sight to be seen, but where can you get the best view? We wanted to help you figure out where you might want to catch the fireworks. Below you’ll find just a few of the great locations you can watch Thunder on the Mountain! But before we dive into those locations, there are a few helpful tips in planning your pyrotechnic viewing consumption.
Finding the best view
Can you see Vulcan? If the god of forge is visible where you are, even just slightly, there is a good chance you’ll get a great view of the fireworks.
Elevation is key. When it comes to finding the best location – U2 once said it best – EL-A-VA-TION…Sorry for that…but it is true. If you have a balcony overlooking downtown you’re pretty much set. But if you don’t, now is the time to find a friend that does! Always have a friend who has a good view, it comes in handy. Parking decks work too. There are several free parking decks in the city that you can try and stake your claim at early in the evening, but they will fill up fast.
Places to check out
Direction to look: Slightly northeast
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and prepare for a great view of the fireworks. Make sure to grab a spot close to Griffin Brook that runs along the northwestern side of the park. You’ll get a better angle there.
Homewood: 18th Street South
Direction to look: Slightly northwest
People will line up all along Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard to get a front row seat for the fireworks. You can head more towards Homewood to get yourself a great spot and a bit more room to breathe. A few buildings have been cleared out since last year’s show. Now you’ll find a nice big empty lot to camp out in. This lot is located across the street from Ed’s Pet World.
Direction to look: East and slightly south
Real estate is limited in this location. Most of the park is covered by trees which block your view. But this spot screams 4th of July! That’s because you’re right across the street from Dreamland BBQ. It’s a true holiday immersion of the senses as you get to watch fireworks while smelling barbecue. Basically all that is missing is a bald eagle landing on your shoulder with a note in his mouth from the founding fathers that says “you’re welcome.”
Highland Park area
Direction to look: Southwest
The area around Highland Avenue lends itself to be a great destination of fireworks viewing. The problem though is that spots can vary on quality given the number of trees and buildings. While you can find great places in Caldwell Park and Hugo Black Park, you’ll get the best results near the Highland Towers Apartments.
22nd Street Walkway
Direction to look: South and slightly east
The walkways above the Rotary Trail are more than just a place to take engagement photos. They give you a great view of the fireworks!
Direction to look: Southeast
So the key to getting the best view at Railroad Park is getting a spot towards the western end of the park. This is the side closer to Regions Field.
Direction to look: Southeast
UAB, home of the Blazers, is also home to one of the best views of Vulcan.
You can also watch the show from the comfort of your own home. Tune into WBRC FOX6 at 9 pm to watch Thunder on the Mountain on-air. You can also catch a live stream of the fireworks here.