Independence Day at Lake Mitchell is always a cause for celebration, and everyone, young and old, participates in the fun with costumes, parades and fireworks.
Festivities begin in the morning with the pontoon boat parade. Anyone on the lake is welcome to decorate their pontoon boat with appropriate Fourth of July decorations and join the parade. Boats gather at Higgins Ferry Park at 10 a.m. to assemble the parade which is led by the Fire and Rescue boat.
As the parade weaves its way aound parts of the lake, bystanders gather on the shoreline to wave them along and catch beads and candy that are tossed ashore by some of the revelers on the boats.
After lunch a ski boat parade makes its way around the lake. WIth flags flying, the boats and their passengers make quite a stir as they pay their patriotic tribute to America's Independence Day.
The culmination of the festivities is always the Fourth of July Fireworks show in Cargile Creek. Jim McCormick and crew have been delighting residents and visitors for more than 25 years with a spectacular fireworks display over the lake. The event has become one of the high points of the year on Lake Mitchell.
Boaters begin gathering in Cargile Creek after dark in anticipation of the show which begins at 9 p.m. By the time the first music begins to play and the first colorful explosions light the sky, Cargile Creek has turned into a floating city.
For the next 20 minutes music rings out as synchronized fireworks dazzle the sky above.