February 5, 2023

Nothing says 4th of July quite like fireworks, sandy beaches and barbecues. So if you’re looking to lounge by a lake this 4th of July, here are our top 5 picks for an epic red, white and blue bash.

Lake Tahoe

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It’s no surprise that Lake Tahoe would be a spectacular place to ring in the 4th of July, but it’s the Lights on the Lake that gives it a spot on our top five. Recognized as one of the best fireworks displays in the US, the South Shore’s grand event is visible all over town. While the South Lake Recreation Complex draws locals and visitors alike, there are a few lesser-known locales to catch the show. For a view from the lake The M.S. Dixie II, South Shore’s Mississippi paddle, not only offers some of the best views, but features live entertainment as well. If you are looking to combine fireworks with a catered dinner, unlimited beer, wine and champagne hop on board the Safari Rose, Tahoe Cruises’ luxury 80-foot yacht. Land lovers pull up a blanket on Nevada Beach, the sandy shores along the crystal-clear waters make it a perfect spot for a day time barbecue prior to the evening’s events.

Lake Champlain, New York

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Considering the shores of Lake Champlain housed some of the greatest battles in American’s quest for freedom, it only seems fitting that 200 years later the region hosts one of the most iconic 4th of July celebrations in the country. The long holiday weekend boasts art exhibits, food vendors, VIP tours, music, rides and well, of course, fireworks. Each town in the area showcases its own line up of excitement starting the day with 5k races and parades then concludes with fireworks at 9:45 PM.

Lake Powell, Arizona

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The dazzling red rocks of Page, Arizona coupled with the Lake Powell’s turquoise waters, make the area a wonderful Western locale for an Independence Day celebration. The town kicks off the festivities with an old-fashioned parade followed by an All-American day of music, games, food and what is considered the largest fireworks display in Northern Arizona.

Lake Norman, North Carolina

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From raft up boat parties to good old-fashioned festivities, Charlotte’s most loved lake area epitomizes 4th of July celebrations. Catch a Gastonia Grizzlies baseball game (complete with a beer garden and kid zone) followed by a firework extravaganza. Or, have a more refined 4th with the Symphony in the Park and Fireworks. Grab a blanket and listen to the sounds of the Charlotte Symphony as you sip wine and craft beer. Even the little ones will have a grand time in the free kid zone. Boaters looking for their own entertainment can tie up with other like-minded individuals for fellowship and fireworks.

Cedar Lake, Indiana

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Northwest Indiana’s patriotic 4th of July celebration, which started in 1981, spans a full four days. Packing in activities for all ages, the celebration takes place along the lakeshore Red Cedars Park. Residents and visitors gather each year for spectacular live entertainment, two nights of fireworks, a car show, talent show, amusement rides, laser light show and much more.

Hopefully, these lakeside 4th of July celebrations inspire you to grab a grill and blanket and celebrate America’s freedom with fun-filled fetes. And if a beach locale is more up your alley, check out these beaches to celebrate the 4th of July.

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