- Safe Places to View the Fireworks
Hooray for a long holiday weekend as July 4th falls on a Monday this year, leaving you a full 3-day weekend of fun in Lake Havasu. Start time for fireworks over Thompson Bay is approximately 9 p.m.
Best viewing locations are:
Rotary Park (plenty of free parking, straight view of the fireworks, coolers allowed, no alcohol or pets permitted)
The Nautical Beachfront Resort (on the island, plenty of free parking, coolers and outside alcohol not permitted) The Resort is also offering a special deal that evening starting at 7 p.m. and continuing through 11 p.m. The Concert, Fireworks and Dinner Package includes VIP Lawn Seating and a BBQ picnic meal for $59 adults and $35 for children 12 and under (walk-ins welcome). To reserve space call the front desk at 928-855-2141.
London Bridge Beach (on the island, free parking, coolers allowed)
Thompson Bay (via boat*, please anchor both bow and stern due to winds and current, anchor early as Thompson Bay fills up)
Fireworks will be set off directly across the bay from Lookout Point on Spectator Point (at The Nautical Beachfront Resort).
Tune in to KNTR 980AM for a live simulcast with music set specifically to the fireworks display.
Please leave pets at home. They can’t really hold sparklers in their teeth, so they are going to feel left out anyway.
Remember that significant delays may occur at the boat ramps for retrieval after the fireworks show has ended. Plan accordingly.
All watercraft must have proper lights at night. Please use caution when going through the Bridgewater Channel in the dark.
For more information and a handy map of all locations within sight of the festivities, log onto:
- “Slow Down, You Move Too Fast …”
To borrow from Simon & Garfunkel: “You Got to Make the Morning Last”
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is monitoring the small no-wake section of the river around and under the I-40 Bridge at the north end of the Havasu Refuge this summer.
That means keep an eye out for No-Wake Zones where speed must be below 5 mph and not produce a visible wake.
Children, water skiers or anyone using a PWC must wear a properly fitting PFD.
The police will be diligent about checking for Operating Under Influence (OUI) violations. If you must drink, consider a Designated Captain available through the Lake Havasu Marine Association:
While we’re at it, remember that glass bottles are not allowed in prohibited areas, and there is no bow or transom riding allowed, and for good reason. Bow-riding involves sitting on or near the front of a boat, a position that leaves a person in danger of falling and being struck by the vessel’s bottom and propeller.
You won’t be “feelin’ groovy” if that happens.
Check Both Sides of Buoys
In case you weren’t aware (and very few are since there was no prior notification), there are new buoys around the sandbar area in the Havasu Refuge. These buoys were dropped by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife a few days prior to Desert Storm. On one side of the buoys (the side facing/visible to normal boat traffic) the buoys indicate “closed area – do not enter,” but on the other side (not visible to passing boaters) the buoys read: “Memorial Day weekend, July 3-5 and Labor Day.” So, in reality, it’s a “closed area” only about nine days out of the year.
The holiday closures at the Sandbar were implemented years ago because emergency responders could not access the area. The Sandbar remains open except for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day weekends. The only change is that buoys with the closure dates are now in place year-round.
The buoys aren’t on swivels, so they face the same direction all the time. The reason for the fixed position is that maintenance crews were wasting six days a year dropping off and collecting buoys after each of the three holiday weekends. Since this is the only place these buoys are used, permanent buoys are more cost effective, the USFW tells us.
So buoys and girls, check the back of these navigation aids. Beyond the busy holidays, the marked areas are usually open.