Russell Lands traditional boat parade is always a highly anticipated part of the holiday. | File
Russell Lands traditional boat parade is always a highly anticipated part of the holiday. | File

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Fourth of July fun approaches

Published 10:10am Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Russell Lands is preparing to celebrate the Fourth of July with a bang, as it will host events aimed at entertaining the entire family.

Russell Lands will host a boat parade, as well as a concert and fireworks show to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Robert Gunn, director of events and social media, said registration for the boat parade is free, and all entrants will be judged with winners selected in four different categories.

“On the Fourth of July, Russell Marine sponsors a boat parade from Kowliga Marina at 10 a.m. That is kind of how we start the day on the Fourth,” Gunn said. “Those who are in it are asked to register. There’s not a charge. Boats are judged for several different things like largest flag, tallest flag, most patriotic, most creative and those kind of things.”

Gunn said entrants are encouraged to decorate their boats, and those interested can register by calling Kowliga Marina at 334-857-2111.

Gunn said Russell Lands’ celebration will continue in the evening with a concert at the Lake Martin Amphitheater.

“That evening at the AMP on Lake Martin, we have our fireworks blast and concert that starts at 6:30 p.m. with the gates opening at 5:30 p.m.,” Gunn said. “We will start the concert this year with Sid Phelps on the stage, followed by Red Mountain and Nationwide Coverage. Then the fireworks show will start at 9 p.m.”

Gunn said there is $15 charge at the gates that will include the concert and the best seats to view the fireworks.

Gunn added the day’s festivities will provide fun for the entire family.

“The whole day is family oriented. You can get with your family and friends to join in the boat parade and then make sure you join us at the AMP for the concert,” Gunn said. “The music they will have is really good. It’s some cover stuff and some original stuff from all these groups. It’s just a great family atmosphere at the amphitheater.”

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