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Event Round-Up: July 4 on the Lake

Are you still making plans for the Fourth of July this year? Our lakes abound with family-friendly events and fireworks displays. There’s a little something for everyone around the lakes this Independence Day. Check out what’s happening on your lake:

Lake Harris

Randolph County Sheriff PCA Rodeo
Date: Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4.
Time: 5 p.m. both days.
Cost: $10.

This annual fundraiser for the local sheriff’s department has been an Independence Day fixture in Wedowee since 2010. In addition to bronco riding and steer wrestling, the event will feature live music and, on Saturday night, a fireworks show over Lake Harris.

Fourth of July Boat Parade
Date: Saturday, July 4.
Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free.

A regatta of patriotically themed ships will set off from Lake Wedowee Marina on the morning of Independence Day.

Holt Lake

Rockin’ the Warrior
Date: Saturday, July 4.
Time: Noon-6 p.m.
Cost: Free.

At Daniels Creek, halfway between the Holt and Bankhead locks on Holt Lake, the Pirates of the Warrior group will host a fun-filled party featuring live music from Kirstie Lovelady, Them Dirty Roses and J.P. Miller.


Lake Jordan

Fourth of July Concert
Date: Thursday, July 2 through Saturday, July 4.
Time: Coustic Chaos will play Thursday, 7-11 p.m.; River Dan and His Band will play Friday, 7-11 p.m.; Bama Breeze will open on Saturday at 3 p.m.; and Rollin’ in the Hay will play from 7:30-11:30 p.m.
Cost: $5.

The Lake Jordan Marina will host a three-day concert series for the holiday weekend, headlined by local bluegrass favorites Rollin’ in the Hay. Attendees can also enjoy a weekend-long party game called the Booty Grab (as in, pirates’ booty) for a $5 entry fee.

Logan Martin Lake 

Logan Martin Fireworks Show
Date: Saturday, July 4.
Time: 9 p.m.
Cost: Free.

An annual attraction at Logan Martin, the fireworks show is one of the lake’s best-attended events of the year. This year’s show will shoot off from the Pell City Recreation Hall, and the fireworks will be visible all across the lake.

Lake Martin

Arti Gras at Russell Crossroads
Date: Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4.
Time: Friday noon-8:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from this festival of regional artists will benefit the Russell Forest Preservation Organization.

July 4 Boat Parade
Date: Saturday, July 4.
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: Free.

A regatta of stars-and-stripes-themed boats will parade from Kowaliga Marina to Children’s Harbor.

Fourth of July Blast: Concert and Fireworks
Date: Saturday, July 4.
Time: 5:30-10:30 p.m.
Cost: $15, children 6 and younger free.

Russell Lands at Lake Martin has hosted the self-proclaimed “Southeast’s Largest Fireworks Show” for 15 years, and this year’s festival will also feature music from Nationwide Coverage and the Bank Walkers.


Lake Mitchell 

Pontoon Boat Parade
Date: Saturday, July 4.
Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free.

Lake Mitchell’s 25-year tradition of Independence Day celebrations always kicks off with a pontoon boat parade starting from Higgins Ferry. Led by the local Fire and Rescue boat, parade participants throw beads and candy to onlookers onshore.

Fireworks at Cargile Creek
Date: Saturday, July 4.
Time: 9 p.m.
Cost: Free.

Attendees will gather by boat in Cargile Creek to form a floating flotilla. As patriotic music rings out, viewers will be treated to a spectacular fireworks show above the lake.

Neely Henry Lake

Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association Independence Day Fireworks Celebration
Date: Saturday, July 4.
Time: 9 p.m.
Cost: Free.

Spectators can enjoy Fourth of July fireworks whether they’re on blankets along the scenic banks of the Coosa River or parked in downtown Gadsden.

Smith Lake

Splash and Dash 5K
Date: Saturday, July 4.
Time: 9 a.m.
Cost: $30 adults, $15 children.

This event is part 5K, part good-natured water balloon fight, all fun.

Fourth of July Fireworks and Music
Dates: Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4.
Time: Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $5.

If you want it, this festival has it: putt-putt, a swimming pool, kayak and canoe rentals, a golf cart parade, an ice cream eating contest, a watermelon eating contest, and several musical acts headlined by “American Idol” runner-up Jess Meuse.

Weiss Lake

Liberty Day Celebration
Date: Saturday, June 27.
Time: 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Cost: Free.

Cedar Bluff Park will host a day of entertainment, food and fun, including a car, motorcycle and antique tractor show.

Drive-In Fireworks Show
Date: Friday, July 3.
Time: Gates open at 7 p.m.
Cost: $15 per car.

The historic 411 Twin Drive-In, built in Centre in 1953 and reopened in 2001, puts on fireworks shows every year. Drive in and enjoy barbeque, a movie and a show, or take it all in from the lake nearby.

We would love to hear from you. If you have an event for the Fourth that you would like us to add to our list, please share it in a comment at the bottom of the story and we will include it.

Thanks, and have a great and happy Fourth of July.

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