Independence Day at Smith Mountain Lake has become a “rite of passage” for many Smith Mountain Lake vacationers. If you ask long-time SML vacationers when they first discovered the area, chances are many of them would announce that July 4th was the start of their Smith Mountain Lake obsession. As the holiday creeps closer, traffic begins to pick up as vacationers make their way to their “home away from home.”

There are various Independence Day celebrations in and around Smith Mountain Lake. On Thursday, July 3rd, Franklin County High School (located in Rocky Mount, only 15 minutes from Smith Mountain Lake) hosts their annual 4th of July Rotary Independence Festival. The event begins at 5pm and concludes with a breathtaking fireworks display. Live music, kid’s activities and food vendors will be on site. Admission is free.

On Friday, July 4th, spectators pack in Parkway Marina for the annual SML Fireworks and Fire Company Fundraiser presented by the Saunders Volunteer Fire Company. Head out to Huddleston early, however, as this event fills up fast! More information can be found at www.SMLFireworks.org.

And if you’re still looking to fill the fireworks void post July 4th, then you’ll want to check out the Moneta Fire-Worx Fest on Saturday, July 5th in Downtown Moneta. Admission is $5 per person and includes a concert by The Worx from 6p-10p.

If this is your first July 4th at Smith Mountain Lake, then you’ll definitely want to make plans to visit these events. Each one is located in a different area of Smith Mountain Lake, so you’ll get a good driving tour of the area. And there are so many fun attractions along the way that you’ll become acclimated to the area in no time.

Would you like to learn more about living at Smith Mountain Lake? Then call John and Charlene Jones of Remax Lakefront Realty at 540-874-7002.