Boom! Bang! Sizzle!
The Fourth of July weekend is one of the best times of year to watch fireworks at the Lake of the Ozarks.
But we’ll let you in on a little secret: In some ways, Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30 – Sept. 1) firework-watching is even better.
Temperatures start to cool just a tad. The crowds aren’t quite so intense.
Labor Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to get away for a quick romantic weekend, girls weekend, or one last family vacation before the school year gets in full-swing.
Here are two fabulous ways to watch fireworks over Labor Day weekend:
- Gazing into the night sky, fireworks will light up the sky over Sunrise Beach at Bear Bottom Resort. Click here for more details.
- Hop on a boat and watch the fireworks, floating peacefully on the Lake of the Ozarks. Be sure to check out Tropic Island Cruises or Celebration Cruises.
Photo by William Bartlett
Fireworks at the Lake of the Ozarks
The Fourth of July at the Lake of the Ozarks just isn’t complete without seeing fireworks. FunLake.com put together 16 different places you can go to check out the fireworks display. Click here for times, locations, and details.
Eat Ribs, Support a Good Cause
Even though all of our vacation rental homes are stocked with all the pots and pans you need to whip up a wonderful meal, you don’t want to be cooking the entire weekend. The Gravois Firefighter Association will have “Ribs to Go” on July 2, 3, and 4 in Laurie. Get your tickets in advance while they last with a donation of $20 each. Call 573-374-4442 for details. You must have a ticket before you pick up the ribs. Pick up your order at Gravois Fire Station 215 HWY in Laurie. All Proceeds go to Missouri Children’s Burn Camp. Help send a kid to camp!
Fourth of July Events Around the Lake
Aside from fireworks, there’s a whole lot going on in and around the lake over Independence Day weekend. Click here for a more comprehensive list of events.
Check Out Our Local Area Guide
From boating to golfing, dining, horseback riding, spas, water parks, and wineries, we have tons of resources for couples, families, and everything in between. Click here to browse our local area guide.
New Restaurants to Try Over 4th of July Weekend
Photo credit: William Bartlett
Dogwood trees are a real treat and beauty at the Lake of the Ozarks. We snapped a few photos the other day of them in full bloom!
Did you know where the word “dogwood” comes from? We did a little digging and found this on Wikipedia:
The name “dog-tree” entered the English vocabulary by 1548, and had been further transformed to “dogwood” by 1614. Once the name dogwood was affixed to this kind of tree, it soon acquired a secondary name as the Hound’s Tree, while the fruits came to be known as dogberries or houndberries (the latter a name also for the berries of black nightshade, alluding to Hecate’s hounds).
Another theory advances the view that “dogwood” was derived from the Old English dagwood, from the use of the slender stems of its very hard wood for making “dags” (daggers, skewers, and arrows). Another, earlier name of the dogwood in English is the whipple-tree.
Geoffrey Chaucer uses “whippletree” in The Canterbury Tales (“The Knight’s Tale“, verse 2065) to refer to the dogwood. A whippletree is an element of the traction of a horse-drawn cart, linking the drawpole of the cart to the harnesses of the horses in file; these items still bear the name of the tree from which they are commonly carved.
Regardless of WHERE their name came from, they are beautiful year after year! Do you have any photos of dogwood trees? Share them with us on our Facebook page!
Congratulations to the Lake of the Ozarks’ own Bridal Cave!
They were recently named, by Glamour Magazine, in their article, “Unique Wedding Venues: 10 Crazy, Awesome, and Unexpected Places to Say “I Do”.
Here’s what Glamour had to say about Bridal Cave:
Wedding Venue Idea: Get Married in a Cave:Brides who long for stalactites in their wedding decor can book Bridal Cave in the Ozarks of Missouri. Native American legend has it that a couple first married here in the early 1800s. More than 2,500 couples have done so since then. One pair even flew from St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands to be married in the Bridal Cave because beach weddings in their own paradise seemed too familiar and ordinary.
Photo Credit: VisitMo.com
As they say, the early bird gets the worm!
We hope you’re gearing up for what we anticipate is going to be a LONG spring and summer at the Lake of the Ozarks.
To kick off this season of blooming Dogwoods, boat trips on the lake, and the thawing of pretty much everything, we’re offering a discount to the next 10 people that book a stay at one of our many vacation rental homes!
That’s right! Act quick and you’re looking at a nice savings for your vacation or romantic getaway.
Here’s how it works: The next 10 people who book their stay by phone — 866-273-2169 — will receive a discount toward their stay. Your stay must be for a minimum of three nights, between May 1 to Labor Day 2014. This offer will expire at 5pm on the first day of spring – March 21st!
Act quick and your savings will be significant!
- 1st person to book – $250 off your stay
- 2nd person to book – $225 off your stay
- 3rd person to book – $200 off your stay
- 4th person to book – $175 off your stay
- 5th person to book – $150 off your stay
- 6th person to book – $125 off your stay
- 7th person to book – $100 off your stay
- 8th person to book – $75 off your stay
- 9th person to book – $50 off your stay
- 10th person to book – $25 off your stay
Again, you must book your stay by calling us at 866-273-2169.
Photo credit: Daniel Pettersson
Are you thinking about heading to the Lake of the Ozarks in March?
FunLake.com has a list of events going on this month.
Besides March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day, there’s always something to see or do at the lake.
Click on the image below for a full listing of events.
We have EXCITING news!! Because of your votes a few weeks ago, we are in the running to be named Best Place to Stay On the Water in this year’s “Best of the Lake” survey.
All the vote have ben reset to zero, so we need your votes more than ever!
Please take a few minutes to click here and vote for us!
We can be found at Question #50 — Best Place to Stay on the Water. See what it looks like below. Vote for as many or a few categories as you like, then click “Done”. That’s it!
Voting ends on March 3 at 5pm.