The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Best of Branson

June 29, 2012

Dave Woods: Independence Day festivals abound for Ozarks

BRANSON Mo. — The Branson Lakes Area is ready to celebrate Independence Day, said Lynn Berry, director of communications for the Branson Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“Fourth of July in Branson is one of the most special days on our calendar,” she said. “You will see lot of fireworks going on all around the lakes area. I’ve always said the best place to be on Fourth of July is on a boat.”

I suspect she is correct. I’d love to enjoy Branson’s fireworks Ñ any of them Ñ floating on a pontoon boat somewhere along Table Rock Lake or Lake Taneycomo. I have a history of celebrating our country’s independence with a cold, all-American beer in hand.

The Branson Lakes’ Fourth of July festivities begin Saturday near Kimberling City with Fireburst, and end July 7 with the Branson on the Bridge Centennial Celebration festival and street dance.

 With that, the Branson Lakes Area is in store for a two-weekend patriotic party. For me, Branson’s always a patriotic party.

“Each and every day we are red, white and blue in Branson,” Berry said. “But, Independence Day is extra special.”


Fireworks Displays

Fireburst is set to kick off the party.

“It’s a beautiful (fireworks) display over Table Rock Lake,” Berry said. “The Table Rock Chamber puts on a beautiful show and you can see it from just about any of the hillsides out there on Highway 13.”

The Branson Landing offers several opportunities for fireworks and a variety of events.

“The Landing has so much going on,” Berry said. “Just bring a chair and watch the fireworks go off over Lake Taneycomo.

“Chain Reaction, a Journey tribute band, plays and is wonderful. There is a very patriotic tribute that occurs at the end of the evening with The Landing’s fire and water show. It’s spectacular.”

Another Landing event,  a boat race dubbed the Firecracker 5000, always attracts a big, enthusiastic crowd to the shores of Lake Taneycomo, Berry said.

Text Only
Best of Branson
AP Video
Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires
Business Marquee

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.

Amendment 8 in Missouri proposes a special lottery ticket to help fund state veterans homes. How will you vote?

For it.
Against it.
     View Results
Local News
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter