The city of Bessemer’s Annual Independence Day Celebration will return in 2021!
The celebration will take place on Saturday, July 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bessemer City High School campus, 4950 Premiere Parkway, Bessemer, AL.
The event will include music, giveaways and a fireworks show which will start at approximately 8:45 p.m. Pyro Shows of Alabama will provide the fireworks display.
The event is being sponsored by the City of Bessemer in partnership with the Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce. A special thanks to the Bessemer Board of Education for use of the school campus.
See the flyer below for more information.
The city of Bessemer has approved its 2020 Transportation Plan.
The plan was adopted by the Bessemer City Council on Tuesday, August 20. It was prepared by STRADA Professional Services and the EEFS Company, P.C.
The plan addresses road projects city leaders deem as important to economic growth and safety and that are eligible for state funding.
The Alabama Rebuild Act, passed earlier this year by the Alabama Legislature, increases the state’s gas tax for the first time since the 1990s. Beginning September 1, drivers will pay an extra six cents at the pump, followed by increases of 2 cents in October of both 2020 and 2021.
As part of the Act, the state will implement the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program II, or ATRIP-II. The Alabama Department of Transportation will make available between $30 million and $50 million a year in grant funding for designated road projects in counties and cities throughout the state. The maximum award for a county or municipality is $2 million.
Jurisdictions are required to adopt a Transportation Plan by August 30 in order to be eligible for the grant funding. The grant funding will be done on a competitive basis and will be awarded by an ATRIP-II committee
based on factors such as economic growth and safety.
Published with permission of The Cutoff News.
Volunteers from the Bessemer Historic Society showed up to help begin the cleanup and restoration of the Lincoln Theater in downtown Bessemer on Saturday, July 13th.
The Bessemer Historic Society volunteers removed almost a complete dumpster full of garbage from the once majestic theater. They swept the floors and removed a lot of dust that has built up over the years.
Benjamin and Connie Hancox of Standard Furniture provided lunch from Bob Sykes for the volunteers. Glenny Brock of the Alabama / Lyric Theater was on hand to guide in the cleanup efforts. Ann Griffin of Hueytown also dedicated to helping with the cleanup.
The Lincoln Theater was built and opened in 1948, with seating provided in orchestra and balcony levels. It catered to African-American audiences. It was closed in the late-1970’s.
The theater was purchased in 2017 by award-winning actor and Bessemer native Andre Holland and is being restored by his non-profit Holland Project, established in 2018.
“On behalf of The Lincoln-Holland Project we would like to extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude to all the volunteers who contributed with the Lincoln Theatre clean up. The support that we’ve received has been remarkable, and we sincerely thank each and every one of you from the bottom of our hearts,” says Mary Holland of the Lincoln-Holland Project.
The celebration will take place at Bessemer City High School, 4950 Premiere Parkway. Festivities will start at 6:30 p.m. and last until 9 p.m., with the annual fireworks show scheduled for approximately 8:45 p.m. Pyro Shows of Alabama will conduct the fireworks show.
The celebration will include music by DJ Mac Taylor 98.7 KISS FM. There will be free ice cream, watermelon, nachos and beverages. The Chamber of Commerce will sponsor free giveaways.
The festival, organized each year by the Central Alabama Caribbean American Organization, was held for the first time this year in Bessemer.
The organization had held the event in downtown Birmingham the previous seven years of its existence.
The festival featured Caribbean-themed music , dancing and food as more than 45 vendors packed DeBardeleben Park. A parade was held earlier in the day. Sponsors for the event included Alabama Power, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama, iBeria Bank, McDonald’s, 98.7 Kiss FM, Roxxy Rocks and the city of Bessemer. Admission to the festival was free.
Festival organizers said they enjoyed sharing Caribbean culture with the residents of Bessemer and surrounding communities.
Mayor Kenneth Gulley greeted the crowd and thanked the organization, as well as city staff, for working diligently to make the festival a success in Bessemer. Gulley said the organization approached the city a little over two months ago to host the event in Bessemer after the organization determined the cost of hosting the event in Birmingham would be too great.
“What an awesome crowd and what an awesome day to have a Caribbean Festival in the city of Bessemer,” Gulley said. “The beauty of this is we put this together in less than two months.”
Festival-goers said they enjoyed the shade provided by the tree canopy at DeBardeleben Park and the myriad of activities associated with the festival. In addition to numerous food vendors serving everything from Jamaican to Cuban dishes, there was line dancing, salsa performances and a performance by the Revolution Reggae Band.
Visitors came from as far away as Ohio and California to partake in the festivities. Also on hand were Artra Armbrister-Rolle, Counsul General for the Bahamas Consulate in Atlanta and officials from the U.S. Virgin Islands Tourism Office.
Pauline Ford-Caesar, festival organizer, said the organization plans to bring the festival back to Bessemer on June 13, 2020 and is already making plans to do so.
Vendors along Second Avenue North in Historic Downtown Bessemer are preparing for a day of fun in the sun with an Old School Summer Block Party scheduled for Saturday, June 8.
The festivities will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and last until 8 p.m. The event will be sponsored by The Paisley Pig, LLC. The event will feature food trucks and street vendors. There will also be storewide specials at the Paisley Pig and at United Textiles. Admission is free to the event.