SMITH LAKE - Independence Day activities on Smith Lake are expanded beyond the July 4 holiday to the 3rd annual Rock the Boat event at Devil’s Branch in the Duncan Bridge area on Saturday, July 6.
However, those planning on attending this for the first time need to realize the only way to capture the best view of the two performing bands and fireworks show is by boat.
People traveling by boat need to be set up in the area designated by barriers and guided by Marine Police, by at least 2 p.m. All boats will be anchored together as those on board sit back, relax and enjoy the evening’s festivities.
The band Cole Shlaw and the Hushpuppies will take the stage to kickoff the event at 3 p.m. at a pavilion facing Smith Lake at the guest house next door to Tom Frederick’s lake house. Frederick’s Outdoor of Decatur is sponsoring the event.
The Band Steele with the talents of Winston County natives Bo Steele and Ben Rubino, will perform at the pavilion between 5-5:30 p.m. With 1.7 million Spotify streams for their song “Sit Awhile”, combined with their music video for the song being featured on CMT, The Band Steele is on the rise, and this will be a great opportunity for local residents to see Winston’s native sons in concert.
Between the bands, a reenactment will be held to celebrate the nation’s independence complete with firing of the cannon.
The evening’s finale will be a grand fireworks show at 9 p.m., as those on board their vessels can enjoy the explosion of colors illuminating the night sky and reflected in the lake waters.
The event is free of charge, and everyone is invited to bring their boat and join the festivities.
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