Smith Mountain Lake fireworks shows and Independence Day celebrations are among the most popular events each year for SML visitors and locals. [Updated for 2021!]
When are the fireworks at Smith Mountain Lake?
Whether you’re looking to stay on land or get out on the water for Smith Mountain Lake fireworks you’ll find something to suit your tastes at one of these events. In 2021, you have a number of options to choose from, many of which benefit local fire and rescue squads and other non-profits. Here are your best bets!
Mitchell’s Point Marina Fireworks 2021
Friday, July 2
Mitchell’s Point Marina fireworks begin at dusk (approximately 9:30 p.m.) on July 2. The event is free but donations are accepted for military charities.
Parking is limited at the marina so it’s best to view these fireworks on Smith Mountain Lake by boat from Craddock Creek.
Parkway Marina Fireworks 2021
Saturday, July 3
This is the largest and longest-running annual display of fireworks at Smith Mountain Lake. While it won’t be an all-day, on-land experience in 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will still be plenty of fun to be had by all ages at Parkway Marina.
According to organizers, you’ll still be able to come by boat to see the fireworks. You may also park in the upper field at the marina and watch from your car.
There will be a live band with music broadcast on an FM signal (to be announced). Donations will be accepted with proceeds going to support the Saunders Volunteer Fire Company and participating non-profits.
This is also a popular way to see Smith Mountain Lake fireworks on the water. Many locals and residents make it a tradition to come to the Smith Mountain Lake fireworks by boat.
Parkway Marina fireworks start shortly after dark. Also, it’s important to note that the viewing area is a no-wake zone. Please be safe and courteous.
Bonus: Rocky Mount Fireworks 2021
Friday, July 2
OK, technically this is not at Smith Mountain Lake. However, the Rotary Club of Rocky Mount does such a fantastic job with the 4th of July Independence Festival in Rocky Mount, I just couldn’t leave this one out!
The 37th annual celebration will start at 5 p.m. on the football field of Franklin County High School. There will be live music throughout the evening by the Harwell Grice Band, food, children’s activities, raffles and more.
Fireworks will begin shortly after dusk. Bring your own lawn chairs.
No fireworks will take place at EastLake Community Church this year. However, the church will host a concert (details still in the works) on July 4. More info at eastlake-church.com.
Mark your calendars for Labor Day weekend when Eastlake will host an outdoor concert and fireworks on Sept. 5. Stay tuned!
Downtown Moneta Fireworks 2021
Unfortunately, this annual event will not take place in 2021.
Normally, FireWorx Fest is a family-friendly event at Downtown Moneta that features live music by popular regional band The Worx, food, drinks, games for kids and more. Proceeds benefit the Moneta Fire Department. Hopefully, the festivities will return in 2022!
Make Smith Mountain Lake 4th of July fireworks an annual tradition
There is no better place to be than Smith Mountain Lake for 4th of July weekend so choose a date and make soaking up the oooohs and ahhhs of SML fireworks a tradition with friends and family.
And if you would like to tour Smith Mountain Lake real estate for sale while you’re here, please give me a call or send me an email to set up an appointment.
Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!