Special events around the area highlight Independence Day weekend

The Lake Martin community will be hopping all weekend long with celebrations, events and fireworks. The fun begins today. Check out this lineup: TODAY • CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT: The 2nd Annual Lake Martin Championship Cornhole Tournament will be today, July 1 at The Rodeo Club. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and includes a T-shirt while supplies […]

The Lake Martin community will be hopping all weekend long with celebrations, events and fireworks.

The fun begins today. Check out this lineup:

TODAY

• CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT: The 2nd Annual Lake Martin Championship Cornhole Tournament will be today, July 1 at The Rodeo Club. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and includes a T-shirt while supplies last. Bags fly at noon.

The first tournament is a blind draw for $25 a person and the second tournament is bring your own partner at $20 a team. There is a guaranteed $1,000 in prize money. For more information, contact the Dadeville Area Chamber of Commerce or The Rodeo Club.

• FIREWORKS: If you’ve never been to Hackneyville for the Hackneyville Volunteer Fire Department Fireworks Bash you are missing a treat. This year, the event will be headlined by The Sweet Young Uns and Kowaliga winner Adam Sparks will be the opening act. There will be vendors, all sorts of food, games for the kids and of course fireworks.

The fireworks are set to begin at 9 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. and admission is $10 per person with children under the age of 5 admitted free.

July 3

FIREWORKS: The Alexander City Celebrate Freedom will be Monday, July 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Benjamin Russell High School. The event is sponsored by the City of Alexander City and the Marshall Street Church of God.

The musical entertainment will feature local Christian group Raised in Glory, followed by 7eveth Time Down and fireworks just after 9 p.m.

“We have really been blessed over the years,” said Marshall Street Pastor Rick Levell. “Our Sunday night service will be just a time of prayer for this event. Then Monday we will be setting up early and the fun starts at 6 p.m.”

Levell said the event will go on rain or shine.

The event draws thousands each year and the fireworks will be handled by Pyroshows of Alabama.

July 4

BOAT PARADE: The Russell Marine Annual Boat Parade is Tuesday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The parade will start at Kowaliga Marina and go to Children’s Harbor. To register call the Kowaliga Marina at 334-857-2111.

FIREWORKS: The annual Russell Land 4th of July Fireworks on Lake Martin will start Tuesday with a concert at The AMP with the Bank Walkers and the Sweet Tea Trio starting at 6 p.m. and fireworks set to start around 9 p.m.

Cost of the concert is $10.