Birmingham’s 150th Summer Celebration set for Legion Field July 16

Birmingham’s 150th Summer Celebration set for Legion Field July 16
Birmingham's 150th Summer Celebration will bring food trucks, music, vendors and special activities to Legion Field Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (birminghamal.gov)

The city of Birmingham is turning 150 years old this year and will commemorate the milestone Friday, July 16 during the 150th Summer Celebration from 5-9 p.m. at Legion Field.

Logan the Entertainer will perform. There will be food trucks, vendors, music, the Birmingham Public Library (BPL), a visit from the Birmingham Zoo, a visit from Vulcan Park and Museum’s mascot and more. Attendees should bring their lawn chairs. Admission is free.

Alabama NewsCenter is presenting a continuing series marking the 150th birthday of the city of Birmingham.

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Birmingham Park and Rec will provide 3-on-3 basketball for youths and adults. Community partners will present a 3-on-3 soccer tournament. All soccer participants must be 18 years old or older. Register for free here. This is a 16-team, single-elimination tournament.

The Birmingham Police Department will host “Cupcakes with a Cop,” distributing cupcakes and goody bags to children, taking photos and talking with residents.

In an effort to encourage people to get out and discover or rediscover what Birmingham has to offer, the city will present the “Experience Birmingham Weekend’’ July 16-18. The Birmingham Zoo will offer $5 off all general admission. Vulcan Park and Museum will offer a “buy one, get one free’’ admission for residents.

Other “Experience Birmingham Weekend’’ events include:

  • Arlington House will host Soul Food Saturday on July 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for in-person lunches or grab-and-go orders. Call Arlington House at 205-780-5656 to place orders.
  • Starting July 12, free exercise classes returned to Railroad Park.
  • The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will offer free walking tours of the Civil Rights District July 16-17. Participants can check in at BCRI’s ticket booth for an hourlong guided tour. Tours will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 16 and at 10 a.m. July 17.
  • BCRI will continue its outdoor classroom series, “Who’s on the Wall,” July 17, when a guest speaker will discuss Birmingham native Angela Davis, who is featured in the mural on the center’s exterior wall. The event will be at the Firehouse Community Arts Center in Avondale, 412 41st St. S. Tickets are $20 and available at https://whosonthewall.swell.gives.
  • The Birmingham Public Library will have Grab and Go Kits available at all locations for children to create their own fun animal craft. Four BPL locations – Avondale, Central, Five Points West and Springville Road – will be open July 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The Birmingham Museum of Art will be open this weekend. Admission is free.
  • Restaurants with a love for Birmingham have connected their food to the 150th birthday, too. In June, Top that Grille II named a salad after the 150th. In July, Birmingham native LaToya Jolly of Jolly Cakes named her red velvet cupcake the Magic City Velvet in honor of the 150th. She will be selling it all month. Jolly will be one of several vendors at the city’s Food Truck Friday on July 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside City Hall. Read more of her story here.

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Visit www.birminghamal.gov/150 for more information about the city’s 150th anniversary. The Alabama Legislature officially declared Birmingham a city on Dec. 19, 1871. The city will be highlighting the anniversary throughout 2021.

This story was originally published by The Birmingham Times.

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