What’s Happening In Colbert County For July 2024

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COLBERT COUNTY-Just in from Colbert County Tourism … a big Bang of events happening in July in and around Colbert County:

July 4, 2024 – 41 st Annual Spirit of Freedom Celebration, McFarland Park, Florence. Get ready for an
exciting Independence Day celebration with food trucks, live music, and fireworks! The 41st Annual Spirit of
Freedom Celebration will be on July 4th at McFarland Park. Entry is FREE. Food trucks will open at 11 AM. Live
music will begin later in the day, and there will be fireworks over the water that night! Music starts at 3pm.
Featuring performances by Austin Bohannon, Outlaw Apostles, Local Brand, Oddly Ginger, and Taylor Grace.

July 4, 2024 – July 4 Midnight Ride, Rattlesnake Saloon, 1292 Mount Mills Rd, Tuscumbia, AL. Join us for the
July 4th Midnight Ride! For more information, call Ms. Tee Tee at 256-370-7218.

July 5, 2024 – Trail Care Day at Cane Creek Canyon, 251 Loop Rd, Join us for a Trail Improvement Volunteer
Day supported by the North Alabama Trail & Recreation Program (NATR). From 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM on July
5th, we’ll use hand tools and non-mechanized equipment to build a more sustainable trail to one of the
preserve’s most visited sites. No experience required. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and bring water, snacks,
and work gloves. Extra water, work gloves, and tools will be provided. Each participant must register separately
and sign a waiver. Guardians may sign up on behalf of minors. Registration required. For more information or to
sign up, visit www.landtrustnal.org.

July 6, 2024 – Town of Cherokee Independence Day Celebration, Downtown Cherokee. The Town of
Cherokee will host its Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 6th. Starting at 6:00 PM, enjoy live
music from the Eric Kirkman Combo, food trucks, and another fireworks show to end the evening! Entry is free,
with food trucks opening at 11 AM and live music kicking off later in the day. For more information call 256-359-

July 8-11, 2024 – Advanced Art Camp, The Ritz Studio, 111 W. Third St., Sheffield. Advanced Art Camp with
Martha Carpenter returns this summer, July 8th through July 11th from 1:00-3:00 in the Ritz Studio. Advanced
Artists will work with the highly skilled portrait artist Martha Carpenter to explore advanced drawing methods,
learn new skills and refine existing techniques. This class is limited capacity to allow for one-on-one instruction
and feedback. Advanced Art Camp registration rates are $150.00 for the general public, and $125.00 for
members of the TVAA at the Family/Friend level and above. For more information visit

July 12, 2024 – Zootopia Summer Movie Night, Muscle Shoals City Hall, 2010 E Avalon Ave, Muscle Shoals,
AL. The City of Muscle Shoals and MSPR have partnered to bring you nights full of family, food trucks, and fun!
Come hang out and watch Zootopia! For more information call 256-383-5675.

July 12, 13, 19, 20, 2024 – The Miracle Worker Play, Helen Keller’s Birthplace – Ivy Green, 300 North
Commons West, Tuscumbia, AL. Performed at the outdoor theater on the grounds of the historic Helen Keller
Birthplace, William Gibson’s play The Miracle Worker recalls the childhood of the deaf-blind child, who became
known as “America’s First Lady of Courage”, and her gifted teacher, Anne Sullivan. See the world of
communication open to Helen at the very spot where the miracle took place. The outdoor drama is the longest consecutively running drama in the state. This annual performance is held on Friday & Saturday evenings from
June to mid-July. Gates open at 7 pm, and the show starts at 8 pm. For more information and to reserve tickets,
call 256-383-4066 or visit www.helenkellerbirthplace.org

July 12-21, 2024 – Ritz SummerStock at Norton: Cabaret, Norton Auditorium, 500 North Pine Street,
Florence. Set in a Berlin nightclub as the 1920s end, a flamboyant Master of Ceremonies promises the
audience they will forget their troubles at the Cabaret. Through the Emcee's bawdy songs, the show delves into
the tumultuous lives of Berlin’s residents and expatriates as Germany edges toward the Third Reich. The story
follows Cliff, a young American writer, and his relationship with English singer Sally Bowles, alongside the
tentative romance between Fräulein Schneider and Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit seller. Musical numbers include
“Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” and “Two Ladies.” Performance Dates: July 12th & 13th at 7PM,
July 19th & 20th at 7PM, July 21st at 2PM. For more information and tickets visit www.tennesseevalleyarts.org.

July 13, 2024 – July Second Saturdays, Downtown Tuscumbia, AL. Join us from 5 – 8 pm for July Second
Saturdays. Join us for our July Second Saturdays! Local shops+restaurants, vendors, food trucks, a Tiny
Tiger Zone for kids, and much more! For more information visit (20+) Facebook.

July 18, 2024 – “Beginning of a Willie Ruff Weekend”, Sheffield Public Library, 316 N. Montgomery Ave,
Sheffield. Join us at the Sheffield Public Library for the “Beginning of a Willie Ruff”! From 5-7 PM,
enjoy a special performance by Nate Pruitt (Willie Ruff’s brother) and Rick Vandiver on guitar. For more
information, call 256-386-5633.

July 18-21, 2024 – Saddle Up for St. Jude, Gardiner Farms, 85 Underwood Rd, Tuscumbia. Join the
community for a weekend of trail riding, live music, and family fun, all in support of St. Jude Children’s Research
Hospital. The event features over 3,000 acres of beautiful riding trails and performances by local musicians and
country music stars including Shenandoah, the Josh Brannon Band, and Craig Morgan. For more information
and to purchase tickets, visit www.saddleup4kids.org.

July 19, 2024 – “A Willie Ruff Night”, Sheffield Public Library, 316 N. Montgomery Ave, Sheffield. Join us for
“A Willie Ruff Night” from 6-8 PM at the Sheffield Library to see the Tennessee Valley Master of Jazz All-Star
Band featuring Marcus Pope, David Ray, Josh Couts, Dr. Eric Kirkman, Dr. Charles Brooks, Ken Waters, and
Ed Bisquera. For more information, call 256-386-5633.

July 19-28, 2024 – W.C. Handy Music Festival 2024, In tribute to the “Father of the Blues,” the entire Shoals
area comes alive for a full week with music performed day and night in auditoriums, parks, restaurants, and
other venues. Stay tuned for more information about special events taking place throughout the Shoals! For the
full schedule, be sure and check out the www.wchandymusicfestival.com.

July 20, 2024 – Kids Fest (Presented by Shoals Mom), Oak and Ivy Threads, 104 N. Main St., Tuscumbia.
Come one, come all to Kids Fest in downtown Tuscumbia at Oak and Ivy Threads! Enjoy kid-friendly vendors,
food trucks, and fun activities! More information is coming soon! If you are interested in setting up a booth or
food truck, email theshoalsmom@gmail.com.

July 20, 2024 – Village One Volunteer Day with MSHNA, 200 Chickamauga St., Sheffield. Muscle Shoals
National Heritage Area invites the community to join their next volunteer event. All supplies and direction will be
provided, and no experience is necessary. Volunteers will engage in various tasks such as cleaning, painting,
scraping, yard work, organizing materials, and more. Participants are encouraged to wear clothes suitable for
getting dirty, including jeans and closed-toe shoes. Bringing work gloves is recommended. For more
information, email thevillageschooolfoundation@gmail.com.

July 22, 2024 – “A Willie Ruff Monday”, Sheffield Public Library, 316 N. Montgomery Ave, Sheffield. Join us at
the Sheffield Public Library for “A Willie Ruff Monday”! From 3-5 PM, enjoy Nate Pruitt and Rick Vandiver and a
special guest! For more information, call 256-386-5633.

July 20 – August 17, 2024 – ArtWorks TVAA Annual Membership Show, 511 North Water St., Tuscumbia.
The Tennessee Valley Art Association (TVAA) will host its Annual Membership Show, ArtWorks, from July 20th –
August 17th. Submissions for the show will be accepted from July 8th – July 12th, and entry is FREE for all
TVAA members. There will also be a special display area for junior artists (16 and under)! For more information
and to purchase your ticket visit www.tennesseevalleyarts.org.

July 25-28, 2024 – Million Dollar Quartet, Cypress Moon Studios, 1000 Alabama Ave, Sheffield, AL. The play
based on a day in music history at Sun Records that brought four of our all time favorite singers together , Elvis
Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. The Full Moon Players will be performing five shows
at Cypress Moon Studios/Full Moon Theater July 25-28, 2024. Be a part of the magic as we bring to you The
Million Dollar Quartet! For more information and tickets please call 256-335-6961 or visit

July 26, 2024 – An Evening with Wildwood Trio, The Ritz Studio, 111 W. Third St., Sheffield. Join us for an
evening with The Wildwood Trio, featuring Tony Lee, Malcolm Singleton, and Eddie Martin, three longtime
members of the Muscle Shoals music community. With a combined catalog of 13 albums and diverse musical
genres, their performances are a testament to their songwriting craft. Don’t miss this special event on July 26th
from 7-8:30 PM. For more information visit www.tennesseevalleyarts.org.

July 27, 2024 – Music at the Mansion, Belle Mont, 1569 Cook Lane, Tuscumbia. In partnership with the
Handy Festival, we host Music At The Mansion in July! This event features the best of Jazz through an array of
talented musicians. This year’s musician is Pernell Cunningham. Itty-Bitty Pop Shop will be on site to sell
popsicles. This event is free and open to the public! Join us at 2 PM.For more information: 256-381-5052 or

July 27, 2024 – Handy Fest at The Village School Foundation – Songwriter Showcase, 200 Chickamauga
St., Sheffield. The Village School Songwriter Showcase, part of the WC Handy Festival, will be held on July 27,
2024, from 4 PM to 6:30 PM. Enjoy performances by Caleb Elliott and Heath Fogg, James LeBlanc and Angela
Hacker, and Pat Huggins with Will McFarlane and Jimmy Nutt. Proceeds benefit The Village School Foundation.
The event promises an unforgettable experience with renowned artists and talented songwriters. Tickets
available at the gate. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy great music for a great cause! For more information, email

Media Release/Maryanne Floyd/Director of Communications/Colbert County Tourism & Convention Bureau

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