GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) – The City of Gulf Shores rocked the public beach with a 15-minute fireworks spectacular for this year’s Independence Day celebration.
Before the fireworks kicked off at 9 p.m., folks were able to enjoy face painting, balloon animals, stilt walkers, and music at the Gulf Place Public Beach Access.
It was a family-fun day and night enjoyed by thousands today in Gulf Shores.
FOX10 spoke with countless tourists who flocked to the beaches for the 4th of July weekend, and many people said the most important part of the holiday is to spend time with Family.
“We had a nice little family reunion today, cooked some nice food, ate good, now we’re on a beach, just chillin’ out,” said Darian Slade, a tourist from Kentucky.
“(It’s all about) making memories, pretty much, and just enjoying each other, because you know tomorrow is not a promise, so we’re just enjoying each other and embracing every moment we can,” said Morgan McGlorie, visiting from Louisiana.
FOX10 also spoke with one woman whose husband just gained his American citizenship.
This was his first Independence Day as a citizen to the United States.
“It means a lot, it means freedom, peace of mind, and just the American Dream,” said Maria Reymundo, about what her husband’s citizenship means to her.
But, for others, the 4th of July is all about the fun, and of course, the fireworks.
“It would be the first time the kids see fireworks, so I think it would be a good experience for them,” said Cristina Carrillo, visiting from Atlanta.
Because there were thousands of people heading home all at once, the City of Gulf Shores actually enacted the hurricane evacuation routes to get everyone headed back north.