Big Canoe’s 50th Anniversary Fourth of July weekend preview

What’s not to love about the Fourth of July?

This year, Big Canoe’s going all out for the 50th anniversary edition of our Independence Day weekend gathering. From the carnival-like outdoor festival on Playfield Park to the live music performance on the Veranda to a patriotic dog parade, Big Canoe is covering every base, right down to the fireworks show over Lake Petit.

Our staff is hard at work adding to the weekend lineup, which is already getting us excited – and inexplicably getting us hungry for watermelon. Please periodically check this post for updates on pricing, details on parking and the addition of other key information. Some details are subject to change.

The Fourth of July weekend schedule at press time includes:

Friday, July 1

Pioneer Chicken Stand Band will kick off the Fourth of July weekend with its combination of swing, country and rock on the Clubhouse Veranda from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Admission: $5. This is part of an ongoing summer series of artists performing at the Clubhouse.

Saturday, July 2

Picnic In The Park at Playfield Park is the weekend’s centerpiece of fun with a patriotic lineup of entertainment, attractions, food and beverages appealing to both children and children at heart. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: Complimentary. Among the highlights:

Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet
Attractions for all ages including a rock-climbing wall, giant Legos, slam dunk and field goal-kicking games, and more
Assorted inflatables including the Big Kahuna waterslide, the Circus City giant slide and a bounce house combo
Fourth of July souvenirs
Watermelon-eating contest for all ages
Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages
Free popcorn, free cotton candy while supplies last

More details and ticket pricing to come.

Sparklers are not permitted.

Please consider carpooling. More details around parking will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Info: Lois Koepke at

GlowBand Eagles tribute act will perform the hits of one of the best-selling acts in rock history. Part of the Terraces’ concert series, the show will also feature eats from A Little Nauti food truck. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 2. Tickets: $20;

Sunday, July 3

Fireworks will light up the sky over Lake Petit for our 50th Independence Day celebration. The pyrotechnics will be on display from the viewing area on Playfield Park after sunset at approximately 9:30 p.m. DJ Kevin will start things up with music at 7 p.m. The show is open to the entire community and attendees are welcome to secure their spots on Playfield Park after 12 p.m.

The portion of Wilderness Parkway that runs along the Lake Petit Dam will be closed to through traffic from 6 p.m. to the end of the fireworks show.

Monday, July 4

Beach Club, from 1 to 5 p.m., a steel drum player will provide entertainment.

Patriotic Dog Parade Diamond Dog Park at 9 a.m. The pooch procession will feature a pack of patriotic canines that will be awarded prizes in such categories as the most patriotic, most original, pup and parent lookalike, and best in show. There will also be patriotic backdrops for doggy photograph shoots. Note that the event is restricting parking to the Wildcat Recreation Area parking lot as there will be no parking allowed at the dog park. However, there will be a drop-off/pick-up area at the dog park for disabled attendees. Pro tip: dogs must be leashed at all times. Big Canoe Animal Rescue will set up a donation box outside the entrance to the dog park Info: Sherry Evans at or 404-317-9858.

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