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Win a $250 gas card + other prizes when you take this 2-minute survey

Now they we’ve got your attention with this dog, take our survey and win cool prizes. Photo via Bham Now

As cool and modern as we think we are, Bham Now needs your help on keeping us hip—like, do people even still use the word hip? We’ve put together the only survey in the world that will actually take less than two minutes to complete and it enters you to win some fire prizes valued up to $500. Hurry, the deadline is July 10.

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Keeping pups calm during the fireworks + how to respond to lost pets in Birmingham

A little bit of preparation can go a long way! Photo via @annadudkova on Unsplash

The sparkly show in the skies is a 4th of July tradition—and it’s one that Birmingham takes seriously. While the spectacle might have all of us humans ooh-ing and aah-ing with our necks craned to the skies, our furry friends aren’t always so impressed. We found out how to keep them calm and how to respond should you lose or find a pet in Birmingham this weekend. Check it out!

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5 summer safety tips from the American Red Cross

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Be sure to stay up to date on water safety throughout the summer months. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Now that we’re in the throes of summer, everybody’s enjoying some fun in the sun. However, it’s important to make sure you and your loved ones are safe while enjoying the great outdoors. Make sure to follow these handy tips from the American Red Cross, whether you’re enjoying summer from your backyard or the great outdoors.

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Staycation Guide: Boutique hotels in Birmingham + itineraries for each

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A staycation? Yes, please! Photo via The Tutwiler Hotel’s Facebook

From a global pandemic to important social movements, we could all use a break and change of scenery. Odds are most summer vacation plans have been altered. Luckily, Birmingham’s a great place to be for a staycation. Check out these boutique and other local hotels for some inspiration. I’ve even included a little itinerary for each location just for you.

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A look inside the newly-renovated Iron Age Building in Birmingham (PHOTOS)

Cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of the Iron Age on Wednesday, July 1. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

On Wednesday, July 1st, the newly-renovated Iron Age Building in downtown Birmingham officially opened its doors. So, we took a tour of the new space—here’s what we saw!

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3 tasty recipes using a Birmingham classic you need to try now

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Classic seasoning, endless possibilities. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Temperatures are rising here in Birmingham, and you know what that means. Even more than fireworks and the crunch of cold watermelon, there’s one sound that screams “southern summer” above anything else: grills firing up. We’ve got 3 unique recipes you NEED to try this summer, using a fresh take on America’s favorite marinade.

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Red, White and BOOM! Where to watch fireworks this July 4 in Birmingham

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Thunder on the Mountain, 2018. Photos via Greg Harber

The Fourth of July is just days away, and while many cities around the greater Birmingham area have canceled their fireworks shows due to COVID, others are shouting “on with the show!” So grab a mask, secure the ultimate viewing spot and prepare to be wowed.

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Baltimore Sun features Railroad Park as a source of inspiration for other cities

Railroad Park is a perfect part of our city. Photo via Jon Eastwood

Have you ever heard Railroad Park described as a, “a modern-day version of a Norman Rockwell painting?” National visitors, including this Baltimore columnist, are taking notice of Birmingham’s revitalization and seeing it as an example for what could be done in their own cities.

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Your ultimate guide to voting in Jefferson County

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Wear that sticker with pride! Photo via Jefferson County on Facebook

Exercising your right to vote is more important than ever. We rounded up resources, deadlines and more from Jefferson County to help make it easy. The Chairman of the JeffCo Board of Registrars also walked us through safety and sanitation measures that will be in place this year. Check it out!

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How Diversity and Inclusion roles are shaping the Birmingham business community

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Birmingham businesses are realizing D&I roles are necessary to a successful and welcoming company. Photo via Jon Eastwood for Bham Now.

When discussing why Diversity and Inclusion leaders are so essential for the workplace, I like this quote by Katherine Phillips: “Diversity jolts us into cognitive action in ways that homogeneity simply does not.” So, how do these roles benefit and improve Birmingham’s business community? Let’s take a look.

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These 3 got COVID in Birmingham—what they want you to know

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Before they got engaged, they got COVID. Photo via John Niblett

We wanted to hear from Birmingham residents what their experience with COVID was like, so we reached out and asked y’all to share your stories. We spoke to three different people who each had a relatively mild case. Here’s what they said.

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Want to get tested for COVID in Birmingham? What it’s like + what you need to know

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“This won’t hurt a bit…” Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

As COVID cases in and around Birmingham continue to rise, more of us will have the opportunity to get tested. After getting a notice that we’d been around someone who tested positive, my husband and I decided to get tested. Here’s what it was like and what you need to know if you need to get tested.

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