This year is the 245th celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and July 4th falls on a Sunday giving many people an extra day off from work, so why not take advantage and start planning a getaway to the state where much of our nation history began? The Smith Mountain Lake area offers a landscape filled with a rugged beauty that speaks to the heart, and our rental properties offer the perfect place to relax, feel at home, and celebrate one of our favorite holidays. This guide to 4th of July activities in the Smith Mountain Lake region will help you fill all the moments of your getaway with fun and excitement, and a few oohs and ahhs!

Fireworks Are Back in Play

After a truly horrible year, life is really starting to get back to normal, and that includes offering fireworks show once again! The best thing is that you won’t have to wait until 4th of July to watch the big booms, as the shows will take place on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, July 2nd, Mitchell’s Point Marina will have the first show of the weekend starting at 9:30 PM and costing nothing; donations for military charities will be accepted. Saturday night’s festivities will offer the largest display at Parkway Marina, beginning immediately after nightfall. This is the oldest and longest 4th of July celebration in the region and will offer live music and the opportunity to watch the fireworks show via boat, should you choose!

Poplar Forest

There are not any fireworks displays being held on Sunday, but that does not mean you have to stay home and sulk, especially as Poplar Forest, a retreat built by the author of the Declaration of Independence himself, is offering a colonial celebration that will include a reading of the document. Starting at 10 AM and lasting until 4:00 PM, there will be colonial period games, pony rides for the youngsters, and food, fun, and laughter. This is guaranteed to be the most memorable to celebrate this very special day!

Book Your Smith Mountain Lake Getaway

After the last hot dog has been consumed, the last sip of cider or champagne has been finished, and the final colorful and glittery sparks have fallen to the ground, coming home to the comforts of our holiday hideaways will be the ultimate way to end every day of your stay! Reserve your rental with us today!