2002 was the 131st year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.
- April: Gardendale held its first Magnolia Festival.
- May: City Stages was held for the second time in May and was plagued by rain and cold weather
- May: Helena's first Buck Creek Festival was held in Old Town Helena.
- May: Bobby Frank Cherry was convicted of four counts of murder in the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church.
- December 3: World of Opportunity was incorporated as a non-profit.
- WJLD-AM became the first station in the United States to broadcast on "high definition AM".
- Patti and Dollar Bill moved to WDXB-FM from WZZK-FM.
- June 15: Rojo opened on Highland Avenue.
- September 29: The Station nightclub closed.
- The Sheraton Perimeter Park South reopened as the Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park.
- Tidwell, Mason and Thomas Companies merged with DeWitt & Dyer to form the accounting firm of Tidwell & DeWitt.
- Glenny Brock was named editor of Birmingham Weekly, succeeding Darin Powell.
- Jimez's restaurant in Hueytown closed its doors.
- Pamela Collins launched her Cloochie clothing line.
- Pinson Coin Laundromat in Pinson closed.
- Skybucket Records was founded.
- Takehold Records was bought out by Seattle's Tooth and Nail Records.
- September 12: John Mayer recorded his "Any Given Thursday" album at a concert at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre.
- August 9: One Concord Center
- Carver High School
- Faith Chapel Christian Center
- Galleria Boulevard flyover
- Martha Gaskins Middle School
- Middle Oak Church
- One Federal Place
- Snoozy's College Bookstore
- Shelby Biomedical Research Building, groundbreaking
- demolition of Metropolitan Gardens
- January 1: Malcolm Portera succeeded Thomas Meredith as chancellor of the University of Alabama System.
- Finis St John IV was appointed to the University of Alabama Board of Trustees.
- Joe Rumore was honored by the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
- Ray Woodard was named national boys' coach of the year by US Youth Soccer.
- John Godbold and James Head were inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor.
- Miller Gorrie was inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame.
- George Perdue won the A. G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award from the South Regions Minority Business Council
- Miss Shelby County: Whitney Weldon Mosley
- Ted Tibbs retired from Samford University.
- Ira De Ment from the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.
- Owen Drake retired as communications director for the Jefferson County Commission.
- January 2: Tim Dyson, truck driver, dies in an accident that destroyed a bridge at Malfunction Junction
- January 19: Virginia Tyler, director of Ensley Community House
- February 2: Freeman Andress, vice president of Birmingham Landmarks
- March 29: John Monro, former Harvard dean and Miles College professor
- April 2: B. J. Baker, singer and former Miss Alabama
- April 8: Marvin L. Warner, U. S. Ambassador to Sweden and owner of the Birmingham Stallions
- April 9: Dorothy Love Coates, gospel singer and Civil rights activist
- April 23: Tod Griffin, actor and real estate salesman
- May 30: Bob Harmon, stock car race promoter
- June 19: Audrey Skirball-Kenis, philanthropist
- July 9: Carlton Reese, director of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights Choir
- July 24: Hugh Thomas, long-time music dean at Birmingham-Southern College
- August 31: Lionel Hampton, jazz musician
- November 18: Jerome Daniels, Birmingham Police Department patrolman
- December 30: Martha Myers, medical missionary
- See also List of Birmingham homicides in 2002
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