TUSCALOOSA, AL (6.10.11) – The City of Tuscaloosa announced today that the Independence Day Celebration on the River will be held this year at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on July 4th.

“When we decided to build the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater three years ago, we envisioned its use to extend beyond just music concerts; rather, we wanted it to be a versatile venue that would serve as a gathering place for community events like Celebration on the River. We are excited to host this patriotic event at the new Amphitheater, and hope that it will become a tradition for the citizens of Tuscaloosa,” said Mayor Walt Maddox.

The event will feature a pops performance by the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra including patriotic favorites, familiar hits from movies & Broadway and excerpts from Tchaicovsky’s 1812 Overture choreographed with the grand finale of a full-scale firework spectacular. “Downtown Tuscaloosa, the Amphitheatre and the Warrior River offer the perfect atmosphere for the Tuscaloosa Symphony to present a Boston Pops-style patriotic concert. It is my hope that the Symphony performance, fireworks and multiple other family attractions will help to lighten all of our hearts and allow us to enjoy again all of the beautiful elements which make us proud to live here,” said Elizabeth McGuire, Executive Director of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.

There will be entertainment for the entire family including tug-of-war, water balloon tossing, sack races, laser tag, a bounce house, face painting, magicians, a kids sized train and a rock-climbing wall. “This event has always been the largest Fourth of July celebration in West Alabama. This year will be even more special as the City of Tuscaloosa, PARA and our fine sponsors make this the most outstanding holiday event ever. With the kids and adult activities we are offering in a beautiful riverfront setting, this will be a signature event for our community,” said Gary Minor, Executive Director of the Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority.

The Tuscaloosa boating community is also invited to enjoy the fireworks live from the Black Warrior River. Boaters will be able to tune in to local radio stations for a live simulcast of the Tuscaloosa Symphony’s performance

Tickets for Celebration on the River go on sale Friday, June 10th at 10am. General admission tickets are $5.00 for individuals and $15.00 for a Family 4-pack. Children 5 and under get in free with a ticketed adult. Amphitheater gates will open at 7pm with festivities kicking off at 7:30pm.

Celebration on the River is sponsored by Parker Towing, Drummond Coal Company, Walter Energy, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa, Alabama Power Company, Hunt Oil & Kirby Corporation.