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.
- May 14: Cahaba Heights residents voted almost 2-to-1 to be annexed by Vestavia Hills.
- June 27: Carbon Hill High School was destroyed by fire.
- November 10: Carbon Hill Elementary-Junior High School was destroyed by the 2002 Walker County tornado.
- 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 & Dollar Bill moved to WDXB-FM and were replaced at WZZK-FM by Johnson & Johnson.
- The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center was founded.
- The Happy Burnells disbanded.
- 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.
- Don and Merle Dollar and Garry Burttram opened Local Color Café in Springville.
- Dirk Walker took over ownership of Loretta Goodwin Gallery.
- Jay Vance bought out Chris Toro's share in Toro-Cordes Iron Arts.
- Bill Morton became president of Robins & Morton.
- Hoover Toyota relocated to John Hawkins Parkway.
- March 17: Killarney's Celtic Pub opened at Eastwood Mall.
- June 15: Rojo opened on Highland Avenue.
- Pamela Collins launched her Cloochie clothing line.
- Brio Tuscan Grille opened at Brookwood Village.
- Skybucket Records was founded.
- The Barking Kudu opened.
- Issam Bajalia opened Salon U in Homewood.
- The Sheraton Perimeter Park South reopened as the Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park.
- Sam Daibes opened Sam's Deli & Grill in the former Moneer's space in Edgewood.
- August 31: Aldridge Garden Shop closed.
- September 29: The Station nightclub closed.
- December 6: McBride Sign Company closed.
- Jimez's restaurant in Hueytown closed its doors.
- Pinson Coin Laundromat in Pinson closed.
- Takehold Records was bought out by Seattle's Tooth and Nail Records.
- Tuscaloosa's Siam House restaurant closed.
- March 6: The 2001-02 UAB Blazers men's basketball team ended its 13-17 season with a first round loss to South Florida in the Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.
- April: The University of Alabama Board of Trustees passed a resolution requiring the UAB Blazers athletic department to eliminate its deficit or be shut down.
- April 25: The Birmingham Barons defeated the Chattanooga Lookouts 14-4 in the 7th Rickwood Classic
- January 6: "Sins of the Father", a television movie about the conviction of Bobby Frank Cherry in the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church, premiered on the USA network.
- September 12: John Mayer recorded his "Any Given Thursday" album at a concert at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre.
- The Road South: A Memoir by Shelley Stewart
- Levin, Jerry (2002) Reflections on My First Noël. Pasadena, California: Hope Publishing ISBN 9781932717068
- August 9: One Concord Center
- Carver High School
- Faith Chapel Christian Center
- Galleria Boulevard flyover
- Hoover Toyota new showroom
- 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.
- February 14: Jack Lowther began his tenure on the Jefferson County District Court.
- June 3: William F. Walker was named permanent president of Auburn University.
- July 26: Lanier Brown married Michelle Horn.
- Finis St John IV was appointed to the University of Alabama Board of Trustees.
- Lenora, Birmingham Zoo otter
- 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.
- Jim Pate became the Alabama State Scrabble Champion for the year.
- George Perdue won the A. G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award from the South Regions Minority Business Council
- Miss Shelby County: Whitney Weldon Mosley
- Former Miss Alabama Ashley Halfman completed a Juris Doctorate at the University of Georgia School of Law.
- Rabbi Aaron Miller from Mountain Brook High School.
- 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
- February 24: Tom Bradford, food broker and civic leader
- 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 5: Neal Miller, radio announcer
- 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 11: Alpha Robertson, educator and school librarian
- August 31: Lionel Hampton, jazz musician
- November 10: Steve Durbano, former Birmingham Bulls defenseman
- November 11: John Woods, CEO of AmSouth Bank
- November 18: Jerome Daniels, Birmingham Police Department patrolman
- December 23: Fred, the town dog of Rockford
- December 24: Jamie Moore, former Birmingham Police chief
- December 30: Martha Myers, medical missionary
- See also List of Birmingham homicides in 2002
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