Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate – Debbie Shelton

July 4th, 2019 Events at Smith Mountain Lake

Celebrating Independence Day at Smith Mountain Lake is a highlight of the summer. Below are various events in and around the SML area to help you get your firework fix.


Fourth of July Independence Festival in Rocky Mount
Thursday, July 3, 2019, 5pm
Franklin County High School, Rocky Mount, VA

The 36th Annual Independence Day Festival will be held on the football field at Franklin County High School starting at 5pm on July 3rd. This family-friendly event features live musical performances, concessions, inflatables and children’s activities, and more. Fireworks begin at dark. Remember to bring your own lawn chair. Presented by the Rocky Mount Rotary Club.


“Before the Works” Independence Day Festival
Thursday, July 3, 2019, 5pm
Liberty Lake Park, Bedford, VA

Hosted by K92’s Monica Brooks, this event offers a variety of activities for children including inflatables, a petting zoo, and face painting, food and dessert trucks from delicious local vendors, a cornhole tournament, and a beer garden. Music provided by DJ Flexx. Admission is $1 or donation.


SML Fireworks and Fire Company Fundraiser
Saturday, July 6, 2019, 4:30pm
Parkway Marina

This popular event helps raise funds for the Saunders Volunteer Fire Company and features live music by The Worx, The YMCA Kids Zone, and the Parkway Marina Carousel. Blankets and chairs are permitted-pets, coolers, grills, and tents are not. The cost of admission is $10 per person and kids under 12 are free.

Free Pontoon Rides at Smith Mountain Lake State Park

Smith Mountain Lake State Park has long been a popular attraction for lake area visitors. The 1,148-acre state park provides boat ramps and rentals, a public beach, fishing piers, hiking and biking trails, and a playground/picnic area. This summer, the SML State Park is also providing pontoon rides across the lake for visitors. While there is an entrance fee to enter the state park to use the facilities, the pontoon rides are free.

The pontoons will be captained and will also have a guide that can educate visitors on various aspects of the lake, including wildlife and landscape. The tours will take place every Tuesday and Thursday morning during the summer. Moonlight tours will also be available.

The Smith Mountain Lake State Park is located in Bedford County at 1235 Rd 888, Huddleston, VA, 24104.

Tips for Traveling with Your Pets This Summer

They’re a part of your family, so naturally your pets are going to tag along on your summer vacation, right? Whether you’re headed some place tropical or to cottage by the lake, below are some tips on how to expertly travel with your furry friend this season.

Schedule a Trip to the Vet: Most airlines require proof that your pet is up to date on vaccinations, as well as a vet health certificate stating that your pet is okay to fly. It’s also a good idea to be proactive on your pet’s health since your traveling far from home. If your pet is on medication, then make sure that you have plenty to last throughout the trip. And keep up to date on flea and tick prevention medication.   

Keep Your Pet Identified:
Make sure your pet would be easily identified in case they runaway. ID tags should be updated and securely attached to their collar. Collars should be snug: not too tight, but also not so loose that their heads could slip through. Consider a microchip, which will allow a vet to scan your pet for information and contact you should they be brought by their office.

Plan and Prepare: You take careful consideration when packing your belongings for a trip, and your pet needs the same level of attention. Don’t forget their bedding, favorite blanket and toys, food, water dish (for the vehicle as well), medication, and a first aid kit.

Keep Your Schedule:
It’s tempting to throw out your calendar, but your pet is used to a routine. Sticking to that routine will help them remain calm and keep them exercised. Take them out for walks so they can explore their new surroundings, or play catch with them on the beach. Remember, not all dogs are innate champion swimmers, so keep an eye on them around water.

Source: 5 Tips for Summer Travel with Pets,