As some area residents prepare to leave town for the Fourth of July holiday, the county Parks and Recreation Department announced activities expected to keep locals at home this week.

Beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Smith Lake Park is expected to be packed with eager holiday patriots, according to Kathy Whitfield of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Events will kickoff with three musical events, the Karaoke Pros, Elvis tribute artist Terry Pagett and singer-song writer Clay Thomas, all of Birmingham.

They will share the stage at Smith Lake Park, taking turns until the fireworks start.

In addition, Whitfield said, a host of vendors selling food, crafts and novelty items will be on hand, and two inflatables and a climbing wall will be set up.

The price of admission is $5 with children under 5 getting in free. The admission price includes inflatables and the swimming pool. All vendors and the climbing wall are extra.

Fireworks will start at 9 p.m.

According to Whitfield, the show will be presented by Premier Pyrotechnics of Madison at a value of more than $18,000.

"We've also added patriotic music to the show this year," she said.

Also at the park Tuesday, RV Paradise of Gardendale will be showing campers and RVs for patrons. While all features of the park will be open, Whitfield said all the camp sites are already booked solid, unless there is a cancellation.

"We started getting calls on those in January," she said.

On Wednesday, the 151st Army Band, Alabama Army National Guard, will be performing in concert at 6 p.m. at Smith Lake Park. Admission is free.

In other news, the city pool and the civic center will be closed on Tuesday, as well as the courthouse and City Hall.

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