We like to party, we Lake Norman and Mooresville folks. I guess that’s why our celebrations for the 4th of July expand an entire week! When you combine beautiful summer weather, a huge lake full of boats of all kinds, fireworks, picnics and a patriotic celebration like the 4th of July I think we do have the “Perfect Storm” for partying; especially here in the patriotic state of North Carolina.
You don’t need much of an excuse for a boat party on the lake. Once summer hits, weekends on the lake are not for the weak-hearted as our peaceful lake is transformed into an almost frenzied level of activity. One of the local favorites is called “rafting up”. Rafting up is: “the anchoring, mooring, tying, fastening, linking or joining any combination of six or more vessels together in proximity to one another” according to the Lake Norman Marine Commission. Essentially, they are parties with groups of boaters who hop from boat to boat to see friends, “groove to music” and drink beer. “It’s a floating block party on water”. According to those in the know, The Sandbar, near Marker D4, has long been THE place to raft up on Lake Norman. Hundreds of boaters tie-up on a given weekend. As a matter of fact, Lake Norman held the record of 1,453 boats set in 2004 until the event was discontinued due to safety concerns.
My celebration starts on solid ground on Saturday when I will be riding on the Exchange Club float handing out flags at the Iredell County Independence Day Parade. If you live in a big city and have never experienced the warmth and sense of community of a small town, then you can’t miss this parade! My fellow parade participants will include veterans, high school marching bands, scout troops, military units, re-enactments (they wear the authentic full-sleeved wool outfits despite the heat!), civic groups, local politicians and last year we even had a group of skateboarders. “The parade is all about celebrating our nations birthday…honoring our veterans, both past and present.” The parade start at 11:00 in the town of Troutman just north of Mooresville.
Also on Saturday evening is the Lake Norman Yacht Club’s annual fireworks display. (But, it’s supposed to rain)
The next big thing is my next celebration as well. On Tuesday, July 3rd starting at 6:00p.m. the Mooresille YMCA will be holding its Summer Celebration which will include a concert by the Lake Norman Orchestra, a flag dedication, fireworks!
On Wednesday, the 4th, there will myriad events:
- Huntersville’s July 4th Celebration includes a fireman’s face-off, water challenge, parade, children’s activities, pet contests, kite decorating station and music. (10-1p.m.) www.huntersville.org
- Davidson’s July 4th Celebration includes their annual parade followed by children’s events, live entertainment and fireworks. (Starting at 6p.m.) www.ci.davidson.nc.us
- Firecracker 5K and Kid’s fun run: Huntersville at 8:00a.m. www.hffa.com
- Catawba Queen 4th of July Celebration: “Come rock the boat with KISS 95.1. The event will also have snacks a cash bar and fireworks 8-11p.m.” The Catawba Queen is a large, two-decker sightseeing boat on Lake Norman; plenty big to handle the rough water on a busy holiday on the lake.
- Finally, on July 7th, the Denver Area Business Association and Local Merchants will hold their annual community fireworks show at East Lincoln High School at 6:00p.m.
If you live around Lake Norman, you can also just sit back on your porch and almost be guaranteed of seeing some sort of fireworks on any given evening throughout the week. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!