Cedar Creek Lake Fourth of July Celebrations

Cedar Creek Lake is one of the most exciting places to visit during the 4th of July celebrations. The lake provides a wide range of activities for both individual travelers and families, including a legendary air show.

There are plenty of activities opportunities to celebrate our country and freedom together with our community.

If you are looking for a few suggestions about what to do around Cedar Creek Lake on the 4th of July weekend, here are some options to consider:

Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Airshow

The Thunder Over Cedar Creek Airshow is a major attraction during the Fourth of July celebrations around Cedar Creek Lake. Come and enjoy vintage aircraft shows, dogfight simulations, and aerial acrobatics by professional pilots right over the lake.

The air show is conducted over Cedar Creek Lake and takes place from 5 P.M. to 9 P.M. on July 3, 2021. The show is offered by the Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation. It also features the latest aircraft technology and a close experience with military jet fighters.

It is a spectacular show that will entertain and amaze you with the power of both civilian and military fighter crafts. This is one Indpendence Day event you shouldn't miss while visiting Cedar Creek Lake this 4th of July weekend.

Fireworks Show at Freedom Fest

Life Fellowship Church in Athens is hosting its annual Freedom Fest that is celebrating Independence Day celebration on Friday July 2, 2021 at 5pm, ending in a huge fireworks show starting around 9pm. The events includes water slides, music, snow cones, food trucks, and of course fireworks.

Fireworks at The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Athens

Fishing, fireworks and family fun are to be had on the evening of the 4th of July at the TPWD-run Fishery Center in Athens. Free admission after 5pm, bring a picnic and your rod and tackle box for a pleasant evening ending in a fireworks show after dark.

Fireworks Show at Gun Barrel City

Gun Barrel City traditionally hosts a wide range of exciting activities on July 4th that culminate in an amazing fireworks display. I spoke with the city, and Gun Barrel City July Fest will be on July 31 this year. 

Typically it features a concert in the park with performances by well-known artists. Usually it also includes carnival rides and a colorful fireworks display on the lake. Independence Day festivities start at 5pm.

Other Places to Watch Fireworks Displays on Cedar Creek Lake

There are usually plenty of activities and fireworks shows around Cedar Creek on the July 4th weekend.

Some places may have canceled their Fourth of July activities this year due to the pandemic, and we have not been able to get an answer yet, but you can still check out for the availability of festivities in the following locations:

  • The Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department annual parade. The parade is usually held on July 4th in the Bushwhacker subdivision starting from 11 A.M. It is an annual parade held to benefit the Payne Springs volunteer fire department.
  • Forest Glen neighborhood holds a 4th of July celebration in Mabank. If there are fireworks this year, they will be very visible from the water. 

There are plenty of activities all around Cedar Creek Lake during the 4th of July.

Join us to celebrate this day in a different style this year. There will definitely be something for everyone in most parts of Cedar Creek Lake. 

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Feb. 28)

EXCELLENT. Stained; 58 degrees; 0.15 feet below pool. White bass are staging in full force for the spring spawn and heading into shallower water, 6-18 feet, and into any shallow creek that has flowing water. Hybrids and white bass continue to be caught deadsticking in 25-35 feet in the mouths of the big creeks. Deadsticking utilizing a thumper and a splasher with deadsticking lures with a 1-1.5 ounce jighead with a tandem hook or jig above it paired with a small plastic fluke. You must keep your drift speeds under .5 mph with the ideal drift being .3 mph utilizing drift socks to keep you slowed down in windy conditions. In the weeks to come hybrids and white bass will continue to migrate to the shallower water from 8-20 feet to spawn and will be easy to find. You may even try trolling a small spinner bait or a hellbender or pet spoon rig at 2 mph in the shallower depths. The crappie bite has picked up in the creeks and inlets in 2-10 feet of water throughout the entire lake. The warm weather will continue to drive these fish shallow to spawn. If you can find a brush pile near a dock you can find them stacked up but most of the crappie have migrated into the creeks or shallow water now. Guides have been reporting exceptionally nice catches on sunny warmer days. Report by Brent Herbeck, Herbeck’s Lonestar Fishing Guide Service.

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