With the city's long tradition of supporting America's military and our veterans, Chapter 28-5 is fortunate to call Birmingham its home. America's very first Veterans Day parade was held here in 1947 and today the city is home to the Alabama Veterans Memorial Park, the Lakeshore Foundation and its Lima Foxtrot programs for injured veterans, and dozens of National Guard and Reserve units. Birmingham continues to proudly support and serve our military and our veterans.
The history of Birmingham and the motorcycle community goes back over 100 years to when motorcycle races were being held at the Alabama State Fairgrounds in the early 1900s. Today that racing tradition lives on at Barber Motorsports Park just east of Birmingham. The Barber Motorsports Museum has over 1,200 vintage and modern motorcycles and is considered the largest motorcycle museum in the world.
Vulcan, which was cast by Italian sculptor Giuseppe Moretti for the 1904 World's Fair, is the world's largest cast iron statue and overlooks the city from high atop Red Mountain. This symbol of the nation’s iron and steel industry stands as the centerpiece of the Vulcan Park and Museum.
A much more recent addition to the city is Uptown Birmingham. Anchored by the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex and the Sheraton and Westin hotels, this premier entertainment district offers convenience that's hard to match. At Uptown you can check in to your hotel, enjoy lunch on the patio at Cantina Laredo or The Southern, have a drink at Todd English Pub or any of Uptown's other bars or restaurants, enjoy a great dinner at Texas de Brazil, check out the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame or attend a concert at the BJCC, head back to your room, and get breakfast in the morning - all without ever moving your bike!
Alabama, and Birmingham in particular, has seen an explosion in craft beer production over the last few years. The Taproom at the Good People Brewing Company is located right downtown, adjacent to the beautiful and unique urban greenspace of Railroad Park and directly across the street from Regions Park, home of the Birmingham Barons baseball team. Another great local brewery is the Avondale Brewing Company. In addition to a great environment and wide selection of locally-brewed beers, Avondale Brewing Company also has an outdoor venue that regularly hosts concerts and other events. Birmingham is also home to the Cahaba Brewing Company, located on 3rd Avenue South in the beautiful Pepper Place district.
Those that want to explore the cultural side of Birmingham can visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, the historic Alabama Theatre, or the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The kids are sure to enjoy the McWane Science Center or a trip to the Birmingham Zoo.
Just south of the city you'll find Oak Mountain State Park. With tent and RV camping, hiking, mountain biking, nature programs, an 18-hole golf course and driving range, beach and swimming area, boat rentals, fishing lakes, picnic areas, basketball courts, horseback riding facilities and beautiful Peavine Falls, Oak Mountain State Park has something for everyone.
Whatever the reason for your visit, you'll find plenty to do here. If you're a CVMA member and you're coming to Birmingham, send us an email or a Facebook message and let us know.
We look forward to seeing you!