People celebrating Independence Day out on Beaver Lake got an extra treat today. The Annual Fourth of July Boat Parade made its way through the lake this afternoon, bringing years of tradition along with it.
The Annual Boat Parade here at Beaver Lake is a tradition that’s been going on here for more than 20 years. And today we caught up with some people who were happy to be a part of it for their 4th of July weekend.
“We love the water, we love the boats and looks like a really good turnout of boats down here,” says Kerry Teems. Kerry and her family got the best of both worlds today at the Annual Fourth of July Boat Parade at Beaver Lake.
“Just something to do, instead of just laying under the air conditioner, were enjoying the Ozarks,” Kerry says.
About 15 boats gathered this afternoon at Point 10. The made their their way through the waters near the Prairie Creek Area, led by sailboat covered in red white and blue.
The event was hosted by the Beaver Lake Sail and Power Squadron. There was no entry fee and all boaters were invited to decorate their boats, line up, and join the parade.
Marilyn Annen has been participating in the holiday boat parade for years, but this year, she was a spectator. She says that while boating is exciting, this event is about more than that.
“It’s such a celebration for our country and it’s a tribute to our men overseas and to the whole country for being free and being brave,” she says.
And even though the parade is over people are still out here at Beaver Lake enjoying the water, enjoying the sun, and having a great 4th of July.
The Beaver Lake Sail and Power Squadron also hosted a picnic after the parade. They say they are always looking for the parade to grow, and welcome all boaters to come out and participate.