A Day Dedicated to Celebrate Our Freedom

Judging from the many, many smiling faces appearing across the breadth of photos captured during our various 4th of July events here at Angle Lake, I think I’m safe to say the majority of our neighbors had a fantastic time coming together to participate in the various events held to celebrate our nation’s birthday! Our online photo album contains pictures of the parade; 5k walk/run; swim and boat races; dock decorating competition; and patriotic boats parade.

The warm temperature of the morning must have certainly been an encouragement for the large number of folks turning out to decorate their cars, bicycles, carts, wagons, and selves in preparation for parading the streets of Angle Lake Manor and to end up enjoying frozen treats and participating in the patriotic sing along.

Then it was over to post 37 on the eastside of the lake for the Bud Jones Memorial Walk / Run Race around the Lake.  Approximately 15 walkers left the starting line promptly at 11:00 AM followed by around 20 runners at 11:30 AM.  The fastest time to complete the course this year was 0:19:46 and recognition was given by awarding the trophy to Tyler Moran in honor of this achievement.

By afternoon, all lake front homeowners were applying the finishing touches on their decorations in time for the judges to assess their work in determining the most visually impactful and spirited display in competing for cash and merchandise awards.  Landing the top spot this year was the Siedenburg Family whose patriotic decorations and live rendition of the National Anthem stole the show and resulted in their winning the $100 Top Prize! 

Later in the day it was over to Gregg and Marsha Louvers’ at post 46 for the swimming and boating races.  Folks gathered on the shore to cheer the contests to victory where silver dollars were awarded to the winning youth participants. 

Approaching evening dusk, our first ever patriotic boat parade was an outstanding success.  Each participating boat owner took the initiative to deck their boat with varying themes in red, white and blue and displaying old glory in ultimate splendor. This proved to be a great way to spread the spirit and enthusiasm to the holiday celebration.

And finally as the sun set, the load speakers gave rise to anticipation of the fireworks show staged from the park piers this year.  While smaller shells created a lower elevation show – the lower elevation created new visual effects not possible from a higher altitude show.  The fan effects, multi-burst, mini finales leading up to the grand finale were performed with perfection and the pyro technicians received a huge cheer and applause from the crowd in expressive appreciation.  And with the conclusion of the fireworks display brought closure of the day filled with memories of another outstanding Independence Day on Angle Lake.     

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