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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
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We all know the “Pledge of Allegiance” and can sing “The Star Spangled Banner” by heart, but here are some facts that you might not know about our nation’s history.
Take a few minutes to learn these facts — you’ll sound like the smartest person at your Fourth of July cookout! 😉
- In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5. This Fourth of July, the United States population is estimated to be 316 million.
- 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence.
- Three U.S. presidents actually died on July 4. Two of them passed away within hours of each other on July 4, 1826: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. The two had been political rivals and then friends later in life. The other to share the distinction was James Monroe, who died July 4, 1831.
- Charles Carroll, who represented Maryland, was the last surviving member of the signers of the Declaration. He died in 1832 at the age of 95. Carroll County, Md., named for him, had an estimated population of 167,217 as of July 1, 2012.
- The Declaration of Independence wasn’t signed on July 4, 1776. Most of the delegates signed it on August 2, 1776.
- July 4 was officially declared a holiday in 1870, nearly one hundred years after the Declaration of Independence was written.
- Currently, the oldest Independence Day celebration in the U.S. is held in Bristol, Rhode Island.
- Several countries used the Declaration of Independence as a beacon in their own struggles for freedom. Among them, France. Then later, Greece, Poland, Russia and many countries in South America.
- The “Star Spangled Banner” wasn’t written until Francis Scott Key wrote a poem stemming from observations in 1814, when the British relentlessly attacked Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. It was later put to music, though not decreed the official national anthem of the United States until 1931.
- The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) estimates that more than 14,000 fireworks displays light up U.S. skies each Fourth of July.
Just a few more days of work and then a few days or even a week off for the Fourth of July!! We are gearing up for the Fourth at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here is this week’s Travel Headlines and Tips. Whether you’re coming to the lake or going elsewhere for the holiday, please travel safe and have a great time!
Where to see fireworks at the Lake of the Ozarks – Lake West Chamber
Five great Fourth of July Barbecue games – Yahoo Voices
July 4th Food and Drink Ideas – ABC News
Tips for keeping your suitcase safe – MSNBC Travel Tips
Southwest plans for LIVE TV on planes – Associated Press
10 excellent outdoor adventures for families – USA Today Travel
Some trips are planned weeks or even months in advance.
Others are spontaneous, much-needed getaways. If you’re in this second category, we’ve got a discount for you!
Receive an automatic 10 percent off your stay when you book within 72 hours of coming down to the lake.
Are you still considering a trip for the Fourth of July next week?
Check out a list of properties that are still available!
Boating, barbecuing, relaxing, and enjoying the day with friends in family is what makes the Fourth of July so great. But when the beautiful sun begins to set on the Lake of the Ozarks, there’s only one thing on our mind — fireworks!
In case you were wondering, here are five different ways to see a fantastic fireworks display this Fourth of July at the Lake of the Ozarks. All of these events will take place on July 4th.
- Versailles Fairgrounds: Enjoy the holiday celebration with games, pony rides for the kids, and of course — fireworks at dusk.
- Lake Valley Country Club: Squeeze in 18 holes before the sun goes down. Stick around and enjoy the fireworks display from the comfort of this Ozark’s country club.
- Celebration Cruise Ship: For those who spent the entire day in the hot sun, enjoy the fireworks with one of the most important amenities – air conditioning! This options provides a view that can’t be matched.
- Captain Ron’s: Raise a glass, get some food, and enjoy the fireworks display from one of the lake’s hottest spots.
- Bear Bottom Resort: Your kids or grandkids will thank you big time for taking them to Bear Bottom Resort. They have Missouri’s number 1 and number 2 longest open flume body water slides. After a fun day in the water, sit back and enjoy the fireworks!
For more Fourth of July events, be sure to check out the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce website or “Like” them on Facebook.