As always, the Fourth of July in Big Canoe is filled with a myriad of events for all ages, and the extended holiday this year offered even more patriotism, picnicking, paddling, and playing activities. The kids and parents were out bright and early for the annual road race, and then the family pooches joined the fray, decorated in red white and blue for the dog and bike parades. At 10 a.m., the gates opened for the Family Day festivities at the Soccer Field, replete with games, face tattooing, spin art, and inflatable, including waterslides to cool off on a hot July day. All of the events and games were sponsored by the POA and offered free to the guests. Food selections included snow cones and gelato, and the always popular Varsity truck with its famous hotdogs and fried onion rings
The evening brought the traditional Big Canoe fireworks display, which was moved from Lake Petit to Lake Sconti this year to protect the American Bald eagle family of two adults and two eaglets that have set up housekeeping on Eagle Island in the center of Lake Petit. The rest of the weekend, residents and guests swarmed to the refreshing pools and to the beach at Disharoon Lake, or to the pontoon boats, kayaks, canoes and paddle boards at Petit Lake. Saturday night the 120 East Band performed rousing music at the Terraces to celebrate our nation’s independence and the joy of being in the North Georgia Mountain community of Big Canoe.