Of course the Fourth will be full of festivities, but that’s not all. Find details on all the runs, sales, markets and more happening this month here.

1. OLS Festival and Trash & Treasures Sale

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Festival
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church

Start off Independence Day with fun and games of all kinds for the 70th year of this festival. Plus, you can find almost anything under the sun at their Trash & Treasures sale, which is also open the July 6 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with all items at half price. You can get into the sale at 8 a.m. on July 4 for an extra $5 too.



2. July 4th Festival

Thursday, July 4 | 5-9 p.m.
Downtown Homewood

The fun starts long before the fireworks as Homewood streets are filled with rides and inflatables plus a DJ’ed soundtrack. There’s no coast for admission, but you can buy an unlimited attractions wristband for $10 near the intersection of 18th Street South and 29th Avenue South. Driving note: Two blocks of 18th Street South and one block of 29th Ave South will be blocked for pedestrian traffic.

3. Thunder on the Mountain

Thursday, July 4 | 9 p.m.
Vulcan Park & Museum

The god of the forge will once again play host to everyone’s favorite fireworks display. The show will last about 20 minutes and be choreographed to a soundtrack of patriotic favorites and popular music.

4. West Homewood Market

Tuesdays | 5-8 p.m.
160 Oxmoor Road

Pick up farm-fresh produce and dinner from your favorite food trucks. Plus shop around at arts and crafts vendors or take in some live music. The market runs through the first Tuesday of August. Learn more at westhomewood.com.

5. Mary Poppins Returns Movie Showing

Thursday, July 11 | 6-7:30 p.m.
Homewood Public Library

She’s back and ready for some more adventure! Grab your umbrellas and join the library for snacks, refreshments and musical evening.

6. Self-Defense for Teen Girls

Saturday, July 13 | 10-11:30 a.m.
Homewood Public Library

Karen Mitchell from Impact Martial Arts will teach girls how to size up a situation and decide what they should do. Due to content of the workshop, some difficult subjects will be discussed. Register at homewoodpubliclibrary.org.

7. Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

July 19-21

Save the date to shop sales tax free for back to school clothes, supplies and more in Homewood city limits and lots of other counties and municipalities around the state. For more details on what items qualify, visit revenue.alabama.gov.

8. Twilight 5K Retro Run

Saturday, July 27 | 7 p.m.
Trak Shack

Dig out your old polyester, split shorts, tube socks, aviators, afro wigs, and whatever else you can come up with for this step, or rather run, back in time. Be sure to stick around for the costume contest afterward and hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Register at runsignup.com.

9. Sidewalk Sale

Saturday, July 27 | All Day
Downtown Homewood

It’s well worth venturing into late July heat to catch discounts up to 75 percent off at your favorite shops on 18th Street and its neighbors. Shop inside and out on the sidewalks, and come early for the best selection.

Did we miss any events? Do you have an event coming up in a future month? Email mm@homewoodlife.com to submit yours.