Families looking to make their Fourth of July weekend one to remember need to look no further than Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. The holiday weekend provides ample on-the-water action, fun festivals, interesting and unique attractions, live music, lodging specials and, of course, lots of impressive fireworks.
The festive weekend gets started on Friday, July 3 with several resorts hosting family-friendly activities and large-scale fireworks displays. Old Kinderhook Golf Resort, located in Camdenton, will be featuring fun and fireworks on July 3 at their fifth annual Fireworks Fun Fest (pictured to the right) from 5-9 p.m. Activities are free and include bounce houses, face painting, games and live music followed by fireworks at dusk. There will be concessions and an all-American cookout and pig roast for just $12 per person. For more information, visit OldKinderhook.com or call 573-317-3500.
Also on Friday, just down the road from Old Kinderhook, Windermere Baptist Conference Center will host a "Freedom Celebration" from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. This celebration features family-friendly entertainment, old-fashioned games, live music and a barbecue supper. Fireworks will begin around 9 p.m. For complete details, visit WindermereUSA.org or call 573-346-5200.
Two of the Lake's largest full-service resorts, The Lodge of Four Seasons and Tan-Tar-A Resort, will host a weekend full of fun for their guests, including two of the area's largest and most impressive fireworks displays.
The Lodge of Four Seasons will host a festive weekend for their guests, as well as a barbecue, carnival and major fireworks display on Saturday, July 4. Visitors who are not overnight guests at the resort can enjoy the fun and fireworks from 6-10 p.m. for $22 for adults and $12 for children over age 5. Paid visitors must be on the property before 8 p.m. For reservations and additional information, call 573-365-3000 or visit 4SeasonsResort.com.
Guests of Tan-Tar-A Resort can enjoy a weekend of fun that includes swim-up movies, live music, fun games, a scavenger hunt, mini-golf extravaganza, all-American barbeques and a parent/child golf tournament in addition to a brilliant fireworks display on the Fourth. To make reservations or for more information about the weekend's activities, call 573-348-3131 or visit Tan-Tar-A.com.
On Saturday, July 4, two Lake-area communities, Eldon and Versailles, host traditional Fourth of July festivals in their city parks. Rides, concessions and fireworks at dusk keep the fun going all day long. For more information on the Eldon festivities, contact the Eldon Area Chamber of Commerce at EldonChamber.com or call 573-392-2291. For details about the Versailles 4th of July activities, contact the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce at VersaillesChamber.com or call 573-378-4401.
Other resorts and entities around the Lake area will be lighting up the sky on the Fourth as well. Sonlight Christian Fellowship, Lake Valley Country Club and Captain Ron's Bar and Grill are offering a variety of activities and entertainment, including fireworks, which are open to the public. No advanced reservations are needed. Point Randall Resort, Mother Nature's Riverfront Retreat and Bear Bottom Resort also will host fun activities and fireworks for their guests' enjoyment. Advanced reservations are recommended.
For on-the-water fun, there are three options for a chartered fireworks cruise. The Tropic Island luxury yacht , which boards at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, is offering a fireworks cruise from 7:30-9:30 p.m. To book a cruise on the Tropic Island, call
573-348-0083 or visit TropicIslandCruises.com. The Celebration luxury yacht will begin boarding its two-and-a-half-hour Fourth of July cruise at 7 p.m. at The Lodge of Four Seasons. To make reservations, call 573-480-3212 or visit CruiseLakeoftheOzarks.com. Playin' Hooky Water Taxi and Charters, which boards at Millstone Marina in Gravois Mills, is offering a Fourth of July Fireworks cruise from 8:30-10 p.m. For more information, or to make reservations, please call 573-434-2627 or visit PlayinHookyAtTheLake.com. All three cruises fill up fast, so visitors should be sure to call ahead to make reservations.
For a complete list of activities and locations of firework displays, please visit www.FunLake.com/independence-day-fireworks-full-list.
For those looking to add some live music to their holiday weekend, there will be several live concerts throughout the Lake area. At the newly opened Ozarks Amphitheater, located in Camdenton, the legendary Ozark Mountain Daredevils will perform all their classic hits on Friday, July 3. The great music keeps going further into the weekend with another spectacular show at the amphitheater on Sunday, July 5, showcasing '90s country music heavyweights the Kentucky Headhunters and Confederate Railroad. For more information, or to order tickets for the Ozarks Amphitheater, please visit OzarksAmphitheater.com or call 573-346-0000.
On Friday, July 3, Shawnee Bluff Vineyards, located near Eldon, hosts the Steeldrivers from Nashville, Tenn., while the Dog House Daddies entertain the crowds at the Shawnee Bluff Winery, which is located in Lake Ozark. On Saturday, July 4, Shawnee Bluffs Winery will host a double bill featuring Phillip Twitchell from 3-6 p.m. followed by Catfish Willie from 6:45 until 9:45 p.m. The winery is located on a bluff overlooking the Lake and will have a great vantage point of the myriad fireworks displays over the water. For a complete schedule of events, hours of operation and how to purchase tickets for Shawnee Bluff Vineyards and Winery, please visit ShawneeBluffWinery.com or call 573-365-WINE (9463).
For more information about all the fun activities, events and dining options at the Lake of the Ozarks, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) at 800-FUN-LAKE, or visit the CVB's award-winning website, www.FunLake.com. Stay up-to-date with all the goings-on at the Lake by liking their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/FunLake.