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Got Fourth of July plans? Activities planned across the area on land, lake

Published 5:54pm Monday, June 23, 2014

The Lake Martin area is getting set for a packed Fourth of July weekend.

Fourth of July festivities on Lake Martin will kick off early Friday morning with Russell Marine’s traditional Fourth of July boat parade.

“On Fourth, Russell Marine does their traditional boat parade, which will start at 10 a.m. from Kowaliga Marina. That’s been going on for a number of years,” Gunn said Robert Gunn, events manager for Russell Lands on Lake Martin. “People are encouraged to decorate their boats patriotically, and even some of the passengers on the boat dress in the red, white and blue, and we see some pretty neat stuff.”

Following the boat parade, prizes will be given for the biggest flag, tallest flag and best-dressed boat.

There is no charge to pre-register a boat, but pre-registration is encouraged. Everyone will be given a number by the judges.

Friday evening will see another staple of Fourth of July celebration on the lake.

“At 5:30 p.m. at The AMP on Lake Martin, we’ll start with our traditional Fourth of July concert. We’ve got three bands this year: the Bank Walkers, the Sid Phelps Band, and Nationwide Coverage, which has been with us several years,” Gunn said. “We’ll have music from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Then the Southeast’s largest fireworks show will take place from 9-9:30 p.m. Then we will have music from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.”

Amphitheater parking is free, and the fireworks show is free, but if you go inside the amphitheater itself, it is $15.

Those tickets are available at and will also be available at the Russell Lands Corporate Office, the company store at Russell Crossroads and the ticket box office on the day of the show.

“The Fourth of July event at the amphitheater is definitely family friendly. We invite you to bring out your kids and grandkids and have a good time,” Gunn said. “Everything we do, we try to do it as family friendly as possible.”

The day after Fourth of July, Russell Lands will also host ArtiGras.

“On the Saturday after the Fourth, we’ll be hosting our ArtiGras at Russell Crossroads, which is at juried arts and crafts event. That will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that Saturday,” Gunn said. “We’ve got vendors from all over the Lake Martin area, and from all over the state, really. We’ll have music on the stage on the Towne Green at Russell Crossroads. There will be food and beverages available. We just invite everybody to come out and take part in that as well.”

Other events going on that Saturday include Yoga on the Green at 7 p.m., and the Crossroads Garden Club will host a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.