After an amazing first month of summer, Deep Creek Lake is gearing up for 4th of July festivities! Independence Day is a very popular time to visit the lake and is a favorite holiday for most. Good thing for those visiting, there’s so much to do!

Watch the Fireworks – We’ll just state the obvious; we all want to watch the fireworks on the 4th of July. Luckily, we have one of the best displays around! Fireworks are launched from the tubing park at Wisp Resort and burst in a brilliant display over the lake. You can view the Fire on the Mountain spectacle from almost anywhere in the immediate McHenry area, including on the water! If you’re parking along the road, though, please use extreme caution. You can also catch fireworks (and live music!) at Broadford Park on July 3! Both events will have weather updates aired on 104.5FM, so make sure to tune in the day of to keep up to speed on current times or delays. It’s almost routine to have a passing shower in the evening leading up to the fireworks, don’t be discouraged by the forecast!

Visit Art in the Park – This two-day event takes place at Deep Creek Lake State Park each summer and has so many activities for all ages. All items on display are for sale and include everything from hand-made pottery to photographs to carved wooden treasures. Oh, and you get to have Deep Creek Lake as the backdrop. Visit the live animal tent to meet and greet some of the Discovery Center’s critters, bid your best in the silent auction, and spend time in the children’s activity tent! It’s a really neat event to browse through and it’s in one of the best locations around the lake.

Catch a Live Band Outdoors– The weather in July is typically hot and mostly dry, and with such long days, it’s the perfect time to catch some live music outdoors. The Stage Wisp Concert Series kicks off July 5 and runs through the end of August. Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy a wonderful show! You can also catch live music at the Honi Honi, Black Bear Tavern, and Mountain State Brewing Company. All of these places offer outdoor areas for dining, drinking, and enjoying their live bands!

The Water is Warm, Get In – We may be repeating ourselves a little bit here, but if you’ve visited in May or June, you know the lake’s temperature can be a little more chilly than refreshing. By July, though, the lake has usually warmed up enough to not only feel perfectly refreshing, but you’ll want to jump in at all hours of the day. If you’re not staying at a Lake Front or Lake Access home, don’t forget there’s a public beach area at the Deep Creek Lake State Park! July 4th is also the last free fishing day this year!

We hope everyone has a safe and unforgettable holiday week or weekend at Deep Creek Lake! Don’t forget to tag us in your vacation photos, we want to see how you vacation the Deep Creek way! Tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or use #vacationdcl and you could win a Starbucks giftcard!

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