Fourth of July holiday fireworks ready to light up MWCD lakes

June 25, 2014

There are no better destinations to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday weekend than at the lakes of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD), where the water, campgrounds, beaches and even the night skies will be full of color and fun.

A total of four giant fireworks shows are planned over the holiday weekend (July 4-6) at the MWCD lake parks.

Fireworks are scheduled at the parks on the following dates, at dark:

Atwood Lake Park – July 4 (Friday)

Charles Mill Lake Park – July 5 (Saturday)

Seneca Lake Park – July 5 (Saturday)

Tappan Lake Park – July 5 (Saturday)

(Pleasant Hill Lake Park will host a fireworks show on July 19 during the park’s annual “Christmas in July” celebration and another show on Aug. 30 during the Labor Day holiday weekend.)

Reservations for camping, cabins and pavilions for the weekend and throughout the year are available online through the MWCD website at Activities are planned during the Fourth of July holiday weekend and the entire camping season at the MWCD lake parks, and camping is available all year long.

General admission to any of the five MWCD lake parks – located at Atwood, Charles Mill, Pleasant Hill, Seneca and Tappan lakes – is $5 per vehicle or up to $8 per vehicle for special events such as fireworks during the park season. Admission includes use of park amenities, including the swimming beaches.

The full park season at the MWCD lake parks runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Atwood Lake Park is located in Carroll and Tuscarawas counties only a few miles from the Bolivar exit of I-77, Charles Mill Lake Park is located near Mansfield off Rt. 30 and I-71 in Ashland and Richland counties, Pleasant Hill Lake Park is located near Loudonville and Perrysville in Ashland and Richland counties, Seneca Lake Park is located just south of the intersection of I-70 and I-77 in Guernsey and Noble counties, and Tappan Lake Park is located a few miles west of Cadiz off Rt. 250 in Harrison County.

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 an estimated $11.1 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government, as well as providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy. 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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