Camping event kicks off Independence Day activities for Wind Creek, Lake Martin community

Wind Creek is hosting its first ever Great Outdoors Day to kick off the Fourth of July Weekend. This Saturday, June 30 will be filled with activities and demonstrations on how to enjoy the outdoors. “We are trying to highlight things you can do in the park like camping, boating and archery,” Wind Creek’s Marijean […]

Wind Creek is hosting its first ever Great Outdoors Day to kick off the Fourth of July Weekend.

This Saturday, June 30 will be filled with activities and demonstrations on how to enjoy the outdoors.

“We are trying to highlight things you can do in the park like camping, boating and archery,” Wind Creek’s Marijean Hadley said. “Opelika R.V. is bringing a camper for people to visit and Alex City Marine is bringing a boat so you can have a chance to see what that is like.”

In addition to the camper and boat, Hadley said there will be archery and kayak training, an inflatable for children, a birds of prey program, help with fishing and a Dutch oven demonstration.

But don’t worry. Things will be stretched out from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with multiple demonstration times.

Hadley got the idea while visiting another state park.

“I went to one up at Desoto similar to what we are doing,” she said. “They enjoyed the one up there. I thought it would work here.”

Everything is free but you do have to pay admission at the gate or be a camper.

If you are looking at camping at Wind Creek State Park, there are a limited number of campsites available from June 30 to July 8. Check www.alapark.com/wind-creek-state-park-reservations.

Other Independence Day Activities Include:

Saturday, June 30

• The 6th Annual Hackneyville Volunteer Fire Department Fireworks Bash is Saturday June 30. This year’s entertainment is Ella Langley Music, a singer and songwriter from Hope Hull, an appearance from the 2018 “Kowaliga Idol 10” winner Ashley Jackson and CMT Break Out artist The Wilson Brothers Band. Firetruck BBQ LLC will be on-site and there will be inflatables for the kids, Kona Ice of Lake Martin and much more. Gates open at 4 p.m. and admission is $10 admission with kids under 5 free. The Big Green Egg raffle returns again and don’t forget T-shirts are available to purchase.

Tuesday, July 3

• The 14th Annual Alexander City Celebrate Freedom is July 3 and is hosted by Marshall Street Church of God at the band practice field in front of Benjamin Russell High School. Finding Favour is headline music act with 49 North and Vy Moon opening. Music starts at 6 p.m. and fireworks will finish the night.

Wednesday, July 4

• The annual Blue Creek parade will start at 11 a.m. on Olana Drive at the north end of Ponder Creek Road in Dadeville and end at Niffers. To join in arrive at Olana Drive by 10 a.m. For more information contact Mickey Forbus at 334-329-0905.

• The annual Russell Marine boat parade will start at Kowaliga and go to Children’s Harbor at 10 a.m. Call Kowaliga Marina at 334-857-2111 or any Russell Marina to register.

• Hillabee Baptist Church is hosting a July 4 celebration beginning at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary with special music. Then things move outside for food, fun and fellowship. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the fireworks show at dark. Everything is free.

• Russell Lands will host its annual fireworks and concert at The Amp with The Grains of Sand Band starting at 8 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m and the band returns to the stage at 9:30 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. and bring chairs and coolers. Twist and Hula Hoop will be available for children.

Friday, July 6

• Horseshoe Bend National Park rangers will be at Wind Creek State Park for some children’s activities.

Saturday, July 7

• Mt. Zion Baptist Church is hosting a gospel singing with the Talley family at Wind Creek State Park. Music starts about 6:30 p.m.