6 Fun Valentine’s Day Events in Birmingham in 2020

Valentine's Day

Just in case you have the “Christmas is over blues,” we have some ideas for more fun and celebration in and around Birmingham during February. This year Valentine’s Day is on a Friday, so you, your family, and friends can use the entire weekend to show your love to one another. The festivities will be happening all month long, and February has an extra day this year thanks to Leap Year. So, buckle up and let’s see what’s going on in the Magic City during February:

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Top 3 Family Vehicles for 2020: SUVs, Minivans & Trucks

For decades, consumers shopping for family vehicles have relied on the trusty minivan. But, thanks to improvements in safety and technology, large SUVs and pickup trucks are starting to break into Americans’ “must try” lists. Take a look at our top four picks for the roomiest, most comfortable, safest family vehicles of 2020.

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8 Reasons Why the Holidays are a Great Time to Buy a New Car

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We’ve all seen the holiday car ads that seem to be airing non-stop in between our favorite television shows. As the snow gently falls, a loving couple admires a beautiful car wrapped in a big red bow.

Well, here in Birmingham, we may not have the snow and cheesy storylines of those commercials, but we sure do have beautiful cars. At Jim Burke Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we have holiday deals on cars that fit the needs of Alabama drivers. The holidays are a great time to buy a new car. Here’s why:

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2020 Jeep Gladiator: One-of-a-Kind & Kind of Amazing

“Hey, honey. What truck should we buy?”

The all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator, of course. What—was this a private conversation? Sorry for butting in. We just thought you’d like to know that Jeep’s Wrangler-like pickup truck is quite an amazing specimen. An open-air cabin. A five-foot bed. Class-leading towing of 7,650 lbs. Off-road equipment galore. Yep, the Gladiator is a real marvel.

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11 Halloween Safety Tips for Birmingham Drivers

There you are, driving through the neighborhood, minding your own beeswax on Halloween night. Egad! It appears Birmingham has become infested with mutants, ghouls, and the cutest fairytale princesses in all the land! But don’t worry; this is all just make-believe. Gently take your foot off the pedal and let those little goblins trick-or-treat in peace.

Playfulness aside, it’s important to drive super-safe on Halloween. Second only to Black Friday and the major “traveling” holidays, October 31 is the most dangerous date for drivers and pedestrians. Children don’t make a habit of crossing streets properly, and as such, are 200% more at risk of being struck by a car while trick-or-treating than any other night. Follow these 11 driving safety tips to ensure you don’t make the news this Halloween.

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Alabama’s 11 Best Scenic Road Trips: Autumn Edition

Ah! Sweet home Alabama. The Heart of Dixie. The house of Longleaf. The Yellowhammer State. Yet with so many gorgeous sights to see, Alabama rarely graces the covers of travel and road-trip magazines. (Perhaps families don’t know about the brilliant beaches, cavernous caverns, and miles-long stretches of hiking trails?)

Jeep Road Trip Alabama

Let’s aim to fix that. As you start planning your family’s fall break, consider loading up your Jeep Grand Cherokee for a scenic autumn road trip through Alabama. Check out these 11 scene-stealing destinations for inspiration, and get to travelin’!

You’re off to great places! You’re off and away!

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Driving Tips for People with Poor Eyesight

Did you know that August is National Eye Exam Month? These unofficial U.S. “holiday observances” are typically too silly to even mention – we’re looking at you, National Macadamia Nut Month – but August’s is quite the opposite, particularly when it comes to drivers and general road safety.

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Look, it’s not rocket science: good eyesight is essential when you’re driving. You rely on those peepers more than any of your other senses. Over 150 million adults in America wear eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct their vision. Yet there are some strays – about 13 million, to be exact – who refuse to wear corrective eyewear or even have their vision tested. To those people, we hope you never get behind the wheel. To the other 150 million potential drivers, here are a few tips to ensure your bad vision doesn’t get the best of you.

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2019’s Best Summer Events & Festivals in Birmingham

All the splash pads in Birmingham have opened, which means one thing: summer is here! But what if you’re allergic to water? (It can happen.) Ditch the swimsuit and head to an Alabama concert or one of these fun Birmingham summer events instead. Some are family-friendly, some are adults-only, but they’ve all got the potential to highlight your summer escapades. 

Birmingham Summer Festivals 2019

Magic City Con in Birmingham 

Date: June 21-23, 2019 
Location: Hyatt Regency-Wynfrey Hotel (Birmingham, AL) 
Price: $37.50+ (buy tix here
Details: This 3-day gaming convention is perfect for all you Birmingham cosplayers, sci-fi aficionados, and pop-culture lovers. The weekend event in Birmingham will feature tabletop games, DnD matches, live acts, panels and workshops, stores, and a special KidsCon area. Don’t miss out! Head to www.magiccitycon.com for more info and to purchase weekend passes. 

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2019 Chrysler Pacifica vs. Honda Odyssey: Top Family Minivans

Families across the country, from Birmingham, AL, to Fairfield, CA, have come to love their minivans. Summer vacation? Hop in the van. Big Costco run? Hop in the van. Weekend trip to Grandma’s? Hop in the van. There’s truly no beating a versatile people-hauler when you need the versatility to haul people.

If you’re ready to upgrade your family van –or if you’re ready to bite the bullet and buy your family’s first one – there are two models to put on your to-test-drive checklist: the Pacifica and Odyssey. Both models sit at the top of critics’ “best minivan” lists, but which one is right for you? Read our Honda Odyssey vs. Chrysler Pacifica minivan comparison below.

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2019 Jeep Wrangler: A Charmingly Capable Off-Road Classic

Following last year’s redesign, the latest 2019 Jeep Wrangler returns with the iconic soft-top style and a handful of new niceties, including the addition of adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning to the Advanced Safety Group, and a fancy pearl-turquoise Bikini color option. Yet beneath all the decorative and somewhat upmarket additions, this Jeep Wrangler is clearly a callback to its WWII-era, open-air ancestor.

Hey, we’re not complaining, and neither should you – the 2019 Wrangler may sport a more retro look, but it remains one of the most capable off-road SUVs you’ll find anywhere.

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