2003 was the 132nd year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.
- May 30: Art Franklin delivered his final newscast at WBRC 6 before moving to Atlanta.
- July: The Jefferson Metropolitan Health Care Authority was created by Jefferson County Commission president Larry Langford.
- September 9: 68% of voters rejected Amendment One, Governor Bob Riley's proposal to make Alabama's tax system more progressive.
- September 19: The new Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum opened to the public at Barber Motorsports Park.
- October 14: Bernard Kincaid and Carole Smitherman qualified for a runoff in the 2003 Birmingham mayoral election.
- November 4: Bernard Kincaid defeated Carole Smitherman in the mayoral runoff.
- Jack Warner opened the Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art.
- The Church of the Reconciler moved to its present location on 14th Street North.
- The Youth Service League merged with Camp Fire USA Central Alabama Council]].
- Solid Rock Church entered into a lease-purchase with the Jefferson County Board of Education for the vacant Pinson School.
- January 9: The Sheraton Perimeter Park South was remodeled and reopened as the Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park.
- February 2: The Mountain Brook Inn closed.
- September 15: Bogart's Motorsports opened in Irondale.
- 2B Solutions opened in Mt Laurel.
- Balch & Bingham merged with the Atlanta firm of Meadows, Icther & Bowers.
- The Best of Times Records label was started.
- Tidwell & DeWitt acquired Geeslin, Cordle, Johnson & Wetherington LLP of Atlanta.
- Vamp & Tramp bookseller acquired Califia Books of San Francisco, California.
- Yanni's restaurant and 'N Vogue Salon & Spa opened at the Vestavia Hills City Center.
- Legends Smokehouse opened in Clay.
- Ron Massey purchased Massey's Corral from his father and relocated it to Trussville.
- Berkowitz & Lefkovits merged with Baker Donelson of Huntsville, Tennessee.
- Killarney's Celtic Pub moved from Eastwood Mall to the 3625 8th Avenue South in Forest Park.
- May 17–18: The first race was held at Barber Motorsports Park.
- June 11: The 8th annual 2003 Rickwood Classic was held; the Birmingham Barons defeated the Hunstville Stars 5-1.
- June 10: Garry Unger was announced as head coach of a yet-to-be-named WHA2 hockey team.
- June 14: The first North America Cup was held at Lakeshore Foundation.
- July 29: The name of Pelham's new WHA2 hockey team was announced as the Alabama Slammers.
- November 7: The Alabama Slammers lost their first game, at home, to the Jacksonville Barracudas.
- See Also:
- September 1: Fairytale, novel by Valerie Gribben
- November 1: The UAB Alma Mater was performed publicly for the first time at the Homecoming game against Army at Legion Field.
- Fame Among the Vulgar, album by Mars Electric
- Barber Motorsports Park and Museum
- Center Point Elementary School
- First Baptist Church of Boldo near Jasper
- First Baptist Church of Mount Olive, classrooms and family life center
- Gardendale Soccer Complex in Gardendale
- Irving Meisler residence on Old Leeds Ridge
- Paine Primary School and Paine Intermediate Schools
- Trinity United Methodist Church, youth building and renovations
- Vestavia Hills City Center, second phase
- Dorothea Batiste was admitted to the Alabama State Bar.
- Superintendent Cleveland Hammonds retired from St Louis, Missouri public schools.
- Hubert Green was diagnosed with throat cancer.
- Clyde "Bud" Precise became pastor of Pilgrim Congregational Church.
- John W. Stewart III earned a Ph.D. in English at the University of Southern Mississippi.
- Sam "The Great Kaiser" Tenenbaum retired from the NWA after a bout at Boutwell Auditorium.
- November: Jerry McIntosh became chief of the Irondale Police Department.
- Joey Kennedy, M.A. in English with honors at UAB
- Tori LaConsay, bachelor of science in anthropology and political science from UAB
- Alabama Sports Hall of Fame: Al Del Greco, Rex Frederick, Cleon Jones, Guy Morton, Sarah Patterson, Steve Sloan and Larry Willingham
- National Veterans Award: Bert Bank
- State Superintendent of the Year: Jodi Newton
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Benny Benjamin
- Miller Gorrie was inducted into the Birmingham Business Hall of Fame.
- Miss Shelby County: Crystal Bedwell Langford
- National Association of Black Journalists' Journalist of the Year: George Curry
- January 2: David Cromwell Johnson, Birmingham criminal attorney
- January 5: Roosevelt Bell, former Birmingham City Council member
- January 23: Nell Carter, singer and actress
- March 2: Hank Ballard, singer
- April 8: Spider Martin, Civil Rights Movement photojournalist
- April 19: Cholly Atkins, Motown choreographer
- April 22: Dearniki Echols, community activist (killed)
- June 14: John Weld, stuntman, journalist and author
- July: S. Richardson Hill, former President of UAB
- October 11: Ron Nored, AME pastor and community activist
- October 22: Tina Watson, newlywed on a scuba trip in Australia
- November 8: William Yester, prosthetist
- See also List of Birmingham homicides in 2003
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