Big Canoe’s Fourth of July is back in full effect

With Big Canoe continuing to open up to kids, grandkids and all sorts of visitors, questions about the Fourth of July keep arising.

After a one-year absence, the Independence Day activities are back in full force with all manner of entertainment, food and activities for adults and small fry alike. Perhaps most noteworthy is the return of fireworks to Lake Petit.

Big Canoe’s Fourth of July slate is loaded. For any questions about events, contact Teri Sawyer:, (706) 268-1092

Below is a schedule of events that at press time is the most up-to-date available. Please check back for updates.

Saturday, July 3

Annual Patriotic Dog Parade
Playfield Park
8:30 a.m.
Our beloved pooches strut their stuff in their best patriotic costumes. Prizes will be awarded for most patriotic, most original, pup and parent look-alike, and overall best in show. Contact: Sherry Evans at

Independence Day Family Celebration
Playfield Park
11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Food and drinks include delectables from the Varsity, Westside Creamery, and Dominic’s Wood-Fired Pizza food trucks; ice-cold beer, lemonade, root beer floats, etc.
Games aplenty
Car show
Musical entertainment including a barbershop quartet and a DJ
Stilt walker, caricature artist, face painting
Bouncy houses
Water slide
Watermelon-eating contest

Sock Monkey concert
with Brad Morgan opening
The Terraces
7 p.m.
Bring your own picnic dinner/tailgate, etc.
Cost: $10; additional details forthcoming

Sunday, July 4

Big Canoe Annual Firework Display
Shot from Lake Petit Dam
At dark/approximately 9:30 p.m.
Viewing can be seen best from the lake, Playfield Park, or the parking lot above Playfield Park. The stretch of Wilderness Parkway along the Dam will be closed at 7 p.m. to through traffic. Spectators are allowed to start putting chairs on Playfield Park as early as 10 a.m. that day. Any pop-up tents must be placed on outer edges of the field. The Westside Creamery truck, a taco stand and a water station are serving from 5 p.m. until fireworks begin.


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