Lake Shelbyville – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is gearing up for a busy Fourth of July weekend. A host of programs and special events are planned for visitors to enjoy including campground programs, a dog show, tours of the dam, and the annual fireworks show.
The campground programs offered over the course of the holiday weekend will be held at the amphitheaters of various Lake Shelbyville USACE Campgrounds. All programs are free of charge and are open to the public. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult for most programs.
Canine enthusiasts are encouraged to participate in and/or attend the 22nd annual Dog Days of Summer Dog Show which will be held Saturday, July 2, at Coon Creek Campground. This free event is open to the public. Registration begins at 5:30PM, and the show starts at 6PM.
In addition, the Lake Shelbyville U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be participating in the Herrick Fourth of July Parade. Come out and see Bobber the Water Safety Dog and his Park Ranger friends!
The Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Lake Shelbyville USACE, will host the annual fireworks show at Dam West Recreation Area at dusk on Monday, July 4. Visitors are invited to enjoy food vendors and the Battle Creek Band prior to the fireworks. Dam East Recreation Area, the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center, and portions of the road across the dam will be available for fireworks viewing as well.
The Lake Shelbyville U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would like to remind everyone this Fourth of July holiday to play it safe in and around water. Drowning is the nation’s 2nd leading cause of accidental death and yet, just by wearing a life jacket, these drowning deaths can be reduced. Wearing a life jacket reduces energy expenditure, enhances a person’s floating ability, and most importantly, helps to ensure that you return home alive to those who love you. Also, knowing the signs of a drowning victim can save a life. Many people believe that if someone is drowning they will yell for help and this is simply not the case. The four signs of a drowning victim are: head back, gasping for air, no yelling or sound, and arms slapping the water. Seconds count and it could make the difference between life and death, so watch those you love. Have a safe holiday weekend!
Below is a full schedule of events for the Fourth of July weekend at Lake Shelbyville.
Friday, July 1
7-8:30PM Clue! Lake Shelbyville-Coon Creek 7:30-8:15PM Bike Ride with a Ranger-Opossum Creek 8-9:20PM Movie: The Little Rascals-Lithia Springs Saturday, July 2 3-3:50PM Tour of the Dam-Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center 6PM Dog Days of Summer Dog Show (Registration @ 5:30PM)-Coon Creek 8-8:45PM Glow in the Dark Scavenger Hunt-Lone Point Sunday, July 3 3-3:50PM Tour of the Dam-Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center 8-8:45PM Reptile Program-Lithia Springs 8-9:30PM Movie: Home-Bo Wood Monday, July 4 10AM Herrick Fourth of July Parade-Herrick, IL Dusk Lake Shelbyville Fireworks-Dam West Recreation Area Please contact the Lake Shelbyville Project Office at (217) 774-3951 for any questions or for additional information.