From fireworks over the water to small town parades loaded with charm, the Deep Creek Lake area is a favorite place to celebrate Independence Day! I put together a guide to some “can’t miss” events that you have to check out if you are here for the holiday. They include some tips to finding the best spot to watch Deep Creek Lake fireworks.
LIONS CLUB BOAT PARADE ON July 2nd
The Fourth Annual Lions Club Boat Parade starts at 7PM Deep Creek Marina Lakeside Club in McHenry Cove and ends at Dutch’s at Silver Tree. Decorated with colorful lights and fun themes, entrants compete for the first place prize. You can spectate from the judging stations at Boardwalk, Lakeside Creamery, Uno’s, or Dutch’s.
BROADFORD LAKE FIREWORKS ON JULY 3rd
Start the Independence Day fun a little early when you head to Broadford Lake Park in Oakland. Bring your picnic basket and get there at 7:30 when the Garrett Community Concert Band and the Garrett County Choral Society present a musical celebration of our Nation’s Birthday. Broadford fireworks begin at about 9:30PM and are set off over the lake.
ACCIDENT 4th OF JULY PARADE
Head to this quaint village with the unique name to experience a slice of small town life. The parade starts at 11AM on the 4th, and there are plenty of spots along the street that offer a great vantage point. The little ones in your group will love collecting candy that is given out by many of the parade participants.
Afterwards, walk to the Accident Volunteer Fire Department for BBQ chicken, burgers, and ice cream. There are bounce houses and lots of activities for the kids, and all proceeds support the fire department.
DEEP CREEK LAKE FIREWORKS
The Fire on the Mountain Fireworks Display is the main event that everyone gets excited about. They are launched from the top of Bear Claw Snow Tubing Park at Wisp Resort and the areas around McHenry Cove at the north end of the lake offer the best viewing.
The rain date for the Deep Creek Lake fireworks is July 5th. You can tune in to 104.5 WKHJ for status updates.
Favorite spots to watch the Deep Creek Lake fireworks include:
-Support Garrett County Robotics with a $5 donation to park at either the Garrett County Fairgrounds or across Route 219 from Smiley’s adjacent to the fairgrounds. Get more info.
-Deep Creek Lake vacation rentals with a view of Wisp Resort – especially homes & townhomes along the northern end of Deep Creek Drive.
-Many McHenry business allow viewing from their parking lots.
-Park your car along the road at the Scenic Overlook on Rt. 219 – get there early though!
-Watch the sky light up from your boat in McHenry Cove. This is hands down one of the best ways to experience the fireworks!
No matter how you choose to celebrate, a Deep Creek Lake vacation over the holiday is a great way to be sure your trip is a real “memory maker”!