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Find Fun on the Fourth of July and Beyond

Published: 07.03.2024

We’ve got loads of fun stuff for your family this Fourth of July and beyond. Come to the lake and have the time of your life!


Fourth of July Boat Parade

Presented by Russell Marine
Monday, July 4 – 10am
Kowaliga Marina

Register now for the Fourth of July Boat Parade happening July 4th, 2024 beginning at 10am.  You can register online up until 9:30am on the day of the event or in person at Kowaliga Marina.

Tallest Flag (must go under bridge), Largest Flag, Most Patriotic Crew, Most Creative Theme, and Best Overall Boat and Crew.

Best Overall Boat and Crew – $500, 1st Place – $150 Russell Marine Gift Certificate, 2nd Place – $75 Russell Marine Gift Certificate

Register now! >


Concert & Fireworks

Thursday, July 4
Gates open at 5:30pm
Music starts at 6:30pm
Fireworks at 9pm
Music continues until 10:30pm

The AMP on Lake Martin

Join us on the grassy lawn at The AMP for the Southeast’s largest fireworks show and concert. We always have a fun time with great music, then we light the sky with a million colors! Claim your spot early and get ready to have some fun.

We are excited to announce the line-up for the Fourth of July Concert will be, from Alexander City, The Bank Walkers; then at 8pm, American Idol champ, Taylor Hicks takes charge! He’ll be preforming his hits and some Bob Seger classics. If you have never witnessed the fireworks from The AMP, this year would be a great one to do so. Once you see them illuminating the sky with millions of colors right overhead, you’ll never want to watch them from anywhere else! Bring your chairs and cooler—food trucks will be on hand!

Purchase tickets online! >


Wildlife Presentations

Friday & Saturday, July 5 & 6 – 9am-4pm
Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads

Stop into the Naturalist’s Cabin during Arti Gras or Friday on the Green to see an exhibit of local Russell Forest representatives and learn about the role they play in the woods. You’ll discover what they eat, how they live, and what types of habitats they prefer. Naturalist Marianne will be on hand to interpret the displays and also tell you all about the myths surrounding some of our local wildlife. There will be plenty to learn about! No charge—everyone is welcome!


Arti Gras

Friday & Saturday, July 5 & 6 – 9am–4pm
Russell Crossroads

Arti Gras returns to the Town Green at Russell Crossroads. Artisans and patrons from all over the Southeast gather for this vast annual display of handmade goods. Artisans feature everything from jewelry, soaps, paintings, pottery, woodwork, lotions, furniture, and much more!


Friday On The Green

Jonathan Bloom
Friday, July 5 – 6:30–8:30pm
Russell Crossroads

For some, the 4th of July celebration on Lake Martin starts today! We can’t think of a much better way to start the celebration than Friday On The Green with Jonathan Bloom! Jonathan has been a part of the FOG lineup for years, and we are glad he is back this season. Of course, he will play all of your favorites and more! Come early to get a great spot on the Green.

Grab the kids, the pup (on a leash), your friends and your comfy stuff and head down to Friday On The Green!


Yoga On The Green

Saturday, July 6 – 7am
The Town Green at Russell Crossroads

Yoga On The Green is designed for all levels from beginner to advanced, so come join us!

We have a wonderful group of certified instructors again this year, a big thanks to them – Barbara Sokol, Abby Brown Glass, and Cammy Day. Great leaders that can take care of the beginner as well as the advanced. If you are wanting to give Yoga a try, then this is the place to start! Be sure to bring your mat and water bottle!





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