Hundreds gathered at Lake Murray State Park to camp, cook and watch fireworks during the annual Fourth of July celebration at the lake.
The hot summer day faded into a cool evening of fireworks (authorized and otherwise) as people took to the lake on boats to watch the show. Others watched from dry land or at the Lake Murray Lodge. The show got a somewhat late start, due to the relatively late sunset.
Elaine Gregory spent the evening with her family out on the lake in their boat.
“We saw Lake Texoma’s yesterday,” Gregory said. “We were here last year and we really liked it.”
She said that anyone planning on doing the same should make sure they’re well-stocked on gas before they do. Some of her family members got stranded in the same boat earlier in the week.
Others had never been to the fireworks display. April Coxon and her family visited from Wichita Falls, Texas for the occasion.
“We live about an hour and a half away and just did some research,” Coxon said. “We booked a room at the lodge and decided to stay the rest of the week. We’ve been to a couple of lakes in Texas and in Oklahoma and this one in particular has really pretty water.”
Ron Robinson, whose wife works at the lodge, has been enjoying the fireworks at the lake for years.
He said the view at the original lodge was nice, but the path from the lodge to the lake was sloped, making sitting more difficult.
While some visitors traveled miles for the show, others made the their long-awaited return Wednesday.
“It’s the first time for me to bring my kids to watch the Lake Murray fireworks. We usually go to Healdton and I haven’t been since I was little,” said Heather Brown.
Christie Echols also made her return to Lake Murray Wednesday.
“Its my first to watch the Lake Murray fireworks in several years. I enjoy the great show because there is a good and convenient place to park and watch the fireworks.”
Galen Hawes contributed to this article.