Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks over Lake Tobesofkee

by | Jun 24, 2019 | Community News, News

Lake Tobesofkee will host the 25th Annual Sparks Over the Park Independence Day Celebration on Thursday July 4th, 2019. Gates open at 7:00 a.m., and will close at 8:00 p.m. for safety reasons. All of the parks at Lake Tobesofkee will be open, there will be a live band, and the day will conclude with the fireworks show.

During the day, there will be normal activities such as swimming, boating, sunbathing, picnics, disc golf, volleyball, and more. The Travis Bryant Band will perform from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Sandy Beach Park Pavilion, and the fireworks show will start about 9:15 p.m. Claystone and Sandy Beach Park are the best places to view the fireworks.

Admission to the parks is $5.00 for every car or motorcycle, $15.00 for every passenger van, and $30.00 for any vehicle that can accommodate 30 or more people. No alcohol or glass containers are allowed in the parks.

According to Tobesofkee Director Donald Bracewell, several thousand people are expected to be on the lake and beaches throughout the holiday, and he recommends following all safety rules and tips, and to follow instructions by Rangers and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. Rangers, the Department of Natural Resources, and other emergency personnel will be on the water and in the parks to assist with any problems that may arise.

Safety Tips & Rules

Anyone interested in boating laws can pick up a boating safety handbook at the Lake Tobesofkee office or any DNR office. People can also go on line to www.goboatgeorgia.com for more information.

                •               A new boating law went effect July 1, 2014, that requires anyone born on or after January 1, 1998 must take a boating safety class approved by DNR in order to operate a personal water craft or boat, as well as other restrictions.

                •               All persons on a boat must have a PFD that is Coast Guard approved, in good condition, fits the person that intends to wear it, and is accessible at all time.

                •               Kid under 13 must wear PFD’s (personal flotation device) at all time on board a moving vessel.

                •               Any person 16 or over who operates a boat on Georgia waters must have a picture ID on board.

                •               All boats must be registered and have registration on board.

                •               Operators must obey the rules of the road and be familiar with all boating laws.

Recent News

Public Forums on changes to the Alcohol Code

Public Forums on changes to the Alcohol Code

The Macon-Bibb County Commission approved changes to the parts of the Alcohol Code related to Sunday sales hours, security camera requirements, and armed security requirements. To help owners of package to go stores, bars, nightclubs, and special event venues, there...

50 houses down in our #BlightFight

50 houses down in our #BlightFight

Public Works crews started the week strong by moving into round two of our #BlightFight by removing the blighted house at 4290 Worsham Avenue from the Lynmore Estates neighborhood. They then made their way to 1070 Crescent Avenue on Tuesday and 90 Green Street on...

Dinking, driving, and donating for Brookdale Warming Center

Dinking, driving, and donating for Brookdale Warming Center

About 70 Pickleballers came together to not only play but raise money to benefit the Brookdale Warming Center. On Saturday, July 24 Macon Pickleball hosted its first ever TAP OUT for the Homeless Pickleball event at Tattnall Square. Players paid $50 to enter the...

Ryland Environmental to begin trash pickup

Ryland Environmental to begin trash pickup

Parts of community get new collection dates Beginning Monday, July 26, 2021, Ryland Environmental will temporarily pick up trash, recycling, and yard waste for about 20% of the County. If you live in the portion of the County to be served by Ryland (see map below),...

Staff Spotlight: Kittie Cosper

Staff Spotlight: Kittie Cosper

Ever wonder how our County keeps track of important records and information? Kittie Cosper is the expert in making sure everything is kept where it needs to be. She is the County’s Archive and Records Management Specialist and has been for the past 15 years.  “I’m a...

Batter up! Bacon Bits to the plate: Macon Bacon holds camp for kids

Batter up! Bacon Bits to the plate: Macon Bacon holds camp for kids

Before kids head back to school, the Macon Bacon gave some the opportunity to share the Historic Luther Williams Field with the team’s baseball players. For three days, about 60 kids ranging from 5 to 14 years old spent their mornings learning baseball skills from...

Recap of July 20, 2021 Commission Meeting

Recap of July 20, 2021 Commission Meeting

At the July 20, 2021 Macon-Bibb County Commission Meeting, the Board voted on a slew of items. Prior to the votes, there was a proclamation recognizing  July as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Mental Health Awareness Month. You can view that proclamation at...

United Way to assume operations of the Brookdale Warming Center

United Way to assume operations of the Brookdale Warming Center

From United Way of Central Georgia – United Way of Central Georgia has agreed to assume management operations of the Brookdale Warming Center at the request of Macon-Bibb County. In a meeting Tuesday evening, the Macon-Bibb County Commission voted to fund the Center...