Fireworks light up skies over MWCD lake parks on Fourth of July holiday weekend

June 17, 2011

It’s simply not the Fourth of July holiday weekend without fireworks at the lake parks of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD).


And the upcoming fireworks shows at Atwood, Charles Mill, Seneca and Tappan lake parks promise to be as big, as bright and as exciting as ever for people of all ages.


Fireworks shows are planned at the MWCD lake parks on the following schedule:


Atwood Lake Park – Monday, July 4

Charles Mill Lake Park – Saturday, July 2

Seneca Lake Park – Saturday, July 2

Tappan Lake Park – Saturday, July 2


All shows begin at dark.


The fireworks display at Atwood Lake Park will take on a new dynamic this year as it will be held inside the park’s amphitheater, which also serves as the home to the annual Alive Festival. Families are encouraged to bring their chairs and blankets for the show, which also will be visible at many locations around the lake.


All of the parks have a wide list of events and activities planned during the holiday weekend. Details are available from the individual parks or through listings on


And there’s more.


Pleasant Hill Lake Park will host its annual fireworks show on Saturday, July 16. The fireworks are a big part of the park’s annual Christmas in July celebration.


The five MWCD lake parks feature full activities and events schedules each summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The parks also offer swimming beaches, hiking trails, campgrounds, cabins, picnic shelters and more.


Atwood Lake Park is located at 9500 Lakeview Rd. NE, Mineral City; Charles Mill Lake Park is located at 1277A Rt. 430, Mansfield; Pleasant Hill Lake Park is located at 3431 Rt. 95, Perrysville; Seneca Lake Park is located at 22172 Park Rd., Senecaville; and Tappan Lake Park is located at 84000 Mallarnee Rd., Deersville.


The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving nearly $10 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government. A significant portion of the reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).


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