LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Clearlake kicked off the Independence Day festivities over the weekend, and now it’s the turn of other communities around the county.
On Wednesday, July 4, several celebrations will be held around the lake. Brief rundowns are listed below.
For additional holiday information, call the Lake County Visitor Information Center at 800-525-3743.
Lakeport Independence Day Festivities, Lakeport
The Lakeport Main Street Association and the Lake County Chamber of Commerce are hosting an all-day street fair with music, arts and crafts, food and beverages in Library Park, between First and Third streets.
Events begin at 7 a.m. Highlights of the day will include the cardboard/duct tape boat race and fireworks over Clear Lake beginning at dusk.
The Lakeport Police Department will have an operational command center set up at Lakeport City Hall, 225 Park St.
Admission is free to the day’s events. Information: 707-263-5092, www.lakecochamber.com .
American Legion barbecue, Kelseyville
Kelseyville American Legion Tredway Post 194 will host a barbecue on Wednesday, July 4.
The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at the post, located at Second and Gaddy Lane.
The menu will include barbecue beef and chicken, beans, salad and garlic bread.
The requested donation is $8 for adults, $4 for children age 12 and under.
Maxine Sherman Memorial Fireworks Show, Clearlake Oaks
The July 4 Maxine Sherman Memorial Fireworks display is presented at the boat launch in Clearlake Oaks every year.
The fireworks are launched from the Clearlake Oaks boat launch beginning at dusk.
It’s a cherished tradition for Clearlake Oaks, and is named for the Clearlake Oaks Glenhaven Business Association member who was convinced of the importance of putting on this yearly display and worked hard to make that happen.
Bill Stone, the current association president, said Sherman lobbied the community relentlessly and put on numerous fundraisers to support the annual show.
He said CLOGBA members eventually voted to name the event after Sherman, who died in December 1999.
“Her legacy lives on in the annual fiery explosions in the sky she so loved over the community she worked so hard for,” Stone said.
For a spectacular show, the best viewing area is on the water, anchored east of Rattlesnake Island, where the fireworks twinkle overhead and reflect off the waters of Clear Lake.
From the shore, Clearlake Oaks Beach on Island Drive is a great spot, as are Clarks Island, Widgeon Way and Nylander Park.
Admission is free. Information: 707-998-9563, www.clearlakeoaks.org .