Big Canoe is getting a patriotic jump on the Independence Day holiday with a weekend packed full of music, food, fun and, of course, fireworks. Below is a rundown of all things Fourth of July, starting on Saturday, July 1.
Patriotic Dog Parade Diamond Dog Park at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 1. The pooch procession will feature a pack of patriotic doggies that will be awarded prizes (for large and small dogs) in such categories as the most patriotic, pup and parent lookalike, most creative, and best in show. 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. Pro tip: dogs must be leashed at all times. Donations will be accepted to cover the expenses of dog park improvements including chairs, umbrellas, pools, etc. Info: Sherry Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-317-9858.
Fun in the Sun Carnival on the Playfield, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 1. Join the community for carnival games, inflatables, music, and such classic eats as burgers and dogs, refreshing drink faves, the annual watermelon-eating contest, and plenty of souvenirs! Grab lunch from the Clubhouse Grill tent and enjoy your meal at the picnic tables before jumping into the activities such as climbing the Ninja Tower, racing your friends in the Hungry Hippo, or zooming down the Water Slide. Top it all off with a Kona Ice shaved ice or indulge in a treat from Decorative Funnel Cakes. Uncle Sam will be on hand for photos.
SkynFolks performing at the Terraces, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 1. $25. The Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band will put to rest once and for all whether this bird cannot change. Tickets available here. Tres Jardines and Eggroll Boyz food trucks.
Pre-order and pick up a takeaway rib dinner, 3 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 2. Pre-order your picnic dinner no later than Tuesday, June 27, to enjoy before the pyrotechnics. Order a full rack of ribs for a takeaway meal that also includes mac ’n’ cheese, a mini corn cob, and cornbread for $25; or a half rack of ribs for a take-away meal that also includes mac ’n’ cheese, a mini corn cob, and cornbread for $20. Available pick-up times are 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Place your order here.
Annual Fireworks extravaganza over Lake Petit, approximately 9:45 p.m. Sunday, July 2. Attendees can secure their Playfield seats for the Fireworks starting at noon. At 5 p.m., King of Pops will sell all-natural, handcrafted frozen dessert pops while the Clubhouse Beer Wagon will have draft beer and canned cocktails for purchase. DJ Kevin Tillery will kick off the music at 5:30 p.m.
IMPORTANT MOTORIST ALERT: On Sunday, July 2, Wilderness Parkway will be closed to traffic along Lake Petit Dam from 4 p.m. until one hour after the Fireworks display has concluded.