Top 10 Things to Do in July

July 3 – 4: Grand Bay Watermelon Festival

Odd Fellow Park • Grand Bay

3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fri.; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. A local tradition since 1973, this festival offers something for the whole family. Enjoy arts, crafts and family entertainment and chow down on barbecue, hamburgers and ice cold watermelon throughout the day while the kids explore the large children's area featuring train rides, pony rides, face painting and more. Admission is free on Friday and $5 on Saturday.

July 4: All American BBQ Festival

Flora-Bama Lounge & Package • 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 

It wouldn't be a holiday at the Flora-Bama without live music, a bushwacker and a bikini contest, right? Dig your toes in the sand, feast on some barbecue and watch local ladies compete for the title of Miss Firecracker. It's guaranteed to be a good time. Contest starts at 3 p.m.

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July 4: Fairhope's Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks

Henry George Park and Fairhope Municipal Pier

7:30 p.m. Delight in the patriotic sounds of the Baldwin Pops before viewing a lively fireworks display at 9 p.m. 

July 4: Dauphin Island Fireworks Show

Dauphin Island

6 p.m. Enjoy a performance by the Mobile Pops followed by a fireworks show on the public beach next to Dauphin Island Elementary School around 9 p.m.

July 4: July 4th Celebration

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park • 2703 Battleship Pkwy

4 p.m., gates open. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and spend an evening on the grounds. Enjoy live music, food trucks and a spectacular fireworks display at 9 p.m. Admission is $5 per car. No food or drinks are allowed.

July 8: Bay Bites Food Truck Festival

Cooper Riverside Park • Downtown Mobile

5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Food trucks, cold beer, lawn games, live music and riverfront views – all for a good cause. What could be better? Participating food trucks include Bacon My Day Food Trailer, Grits and Grub, Von’s Food Truck,  Geaux Boy, Ben’s Burga Kaboose,  Frios Gourmet Pops, Kona Coastal Alabama, Chill Yogurt Cafe and Pita Pit. Live music will be provided by Harrison McInnis. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door (beer included, food will be available for purchase). Children under 12 are admitted free. Proceeds benefit Mobile Baykeeper. 

July 15: An Evening with John Sledge

History Museum of Mobile • 111 S Royal St. 

5 p.m. Join the Mobile Bay contributor and local history expert in celebrating the release of his new book, “The Mobile River.” Sponsored by Page & Jones, the event features a book signing, delicious appetizers and music from Civil-War-era-inspired Kracker Dan Minstrels. Admission is free.

July 17 – 19: Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Site • 531 Lemoyne Dr., Dauphin Island.

Founded in 1929, the three-day rodeo features 30 categories with first, second and third place prizes in each. Cash prizes will be awarded for king mackerel, speckled trout and big game jackpots, and one master angler will be crowned. Fishermen and spectators will enjoy a liars' contest, cannon blasts and live music throughout the weekend.

July 18: Dauphin Street Vault

Downtown Mobile

10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Join beginner and elite pole vaulters as they launch themselves high in the sky on the streets of Downtown Mobile. Registration is $25.

July 23: Jerry Seinfeld 

Saenger Theatre • 6 S Joachim St. 

7 p.m. Get your laugh on as Jerry Seinfeld brings his comedy act back to the Port City. In anticipation of the event, be sure to catch a few reruns of his longtime hit TV show or his Web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” Tickets to the show range from $67.50 – $125. staff

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