Residents look forward to the 4th of July


Canyon Lake’s biggest weekend of the year is here as many look forward to family gatherings and the fireworks show. Master of ceremonies Mike Shroyer of Good Time Entertainment has announced his pre-show music, broadcast from the Lodge deck, will be a tribute to Country artists Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band.

Mike says, “I love their music because it is the soundtrack for summertime for many people. Also, it doesn’t get much more patriotic than Country music.” Tara Miller will be singing the National Anthem. Once the fireworks start, Mike will play music provided by Pyro Spectacular that is synchronized with the computerized show.

The music will best be heard by spectators at waterfront homes, parks and boats on the Main Lake. While spectators won’t be allowed to enter the pool area, they are welcome to fill the walkway around the pool.

Here are some last-minute tips from the Canyon Lake Property Owners Association to help residents know what to expect on the the busy holiday:

  • Information For Guests – Guests must have a valid driver’s license in their possession when entering the community. Providing the house address of the person who called them in will help the gate guards verify information more quickly.
  • Gate Access and Guards – Community Patrol will have extra staff on hand at all three gates to help move the flow of traffic through the gates as quickly as possible. The decal lanes will be open for guests with pre-printed passes on July 4th only.
Beverly and Harold Willard, new residents of only three weeks, say they have reservations at the Lighthouse Restaurant for dinner and to watch the fireworks. They just purchased a boat, but it won't be ready in time. "Next year!" they agree. Photo by Donna Kupke

Beverly and Harold Willard, new residents of only three weeks, say they have reservations at the Lighthouse Restaurant for dinner and to watch the fireworks. They just purchased a boat, but it won’t be ready in time. “Next year!” they agree. Photo by Donna Kupke

There will be three lanes open at the East Gate. The North Gate and Main Gates will have additional staff on hand from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to walk the line and assist guests with verifying passes and entering the community.

  • Pre-Fireworks Show Traffic Notices

– Beginning at 2 p.m. on July 4th, Longhorn Drive will be closed from Strawberry Lane to the Campground to all but emergency vehicles, residents/guests on Longhorn and those staying at the Campground. Guests should be prepared to show their guest pass with their host’s address.

  • Traffic Notices During Fireworks Show:

– No parking on Main, North or Longhorn Causeways.

– At approximately 8:30 p.m., Village Way will be closed to all vehicles except golf carts and emergency vehicles.

– At approximately 9 p.m., Canyon Club Drive will be closed to all vehicles except golf carts and emergency vehicles.

  • Traffic Notices Post-Fireworks Show:

– Village Way: Traffic exiting Village Way will only be able to turn right onto Canyon Lake Drive South.

– Vacation Drive: At the stop sign corner of Vacation Drive and Canyon Lake Drive North, vehicles will only be able to make a left turn onto Canyon Lake Drive.

– Exiting The Lodge: To allow traffic to exit out of the Lodge area, only emergency vehicles will be permitted to drive into the Lodge parking lot.

  • Unregistered boats are not permitted on the lake. Marine Patrol will be verifying boats for current registration at all launch ramps. There will be extra buoys out on the lake, specifically in the vicinity of Skippers Island to ensure boats are a safe distance from the fireworks.
  • The parks and beaches’ hours during the summer are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Personal items should not be left at the parks or beaches before/after park hours. All picnic tables at Holiday Harbor have been reserved through a lottery system. However, the remainder of the park is first come, first served. Portable tables, chairs and canopies are allowed at the parks and may be set up when the park opens at 6 a.m. Saturday morning.
  • Pool Hours – On July 4th, the pool will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Open Swim. A valid POA card is required and the member must be in “good standing” to access the pool.
  • The Lighthouse Restaurant and Bar – The Lighthouse Restaurant and Bar will be open on the 4th featuring an “All American Buffet.”
  • The fireworks show is scheduled to begin at approximately 9 p.m., launched from Skipper’s Island. Cars and golf carts will not be allowed to park on any of the causeways at any time.
  • Riverside County and the City of Canyon Lake have deemed all unauthorized fireworks (including sparklers) illegal, enforcing a strict zero-tolerance policy on their use and possession and making it a misdemeanor punishable by fines ranging from $500 to $1,000 and up to one year in jail. In addition, anyone who causes a fire by the use of fireworks will be financially responsible for all suppression costs.
  • The prime member is responsible for the actions of his or her family, guests, renters and lessees, as well as for any citations incurring fines. Prime members are responsible to know the Rules and Regulations and are asked to be respectful of those in authority who are trying to enforce those rules.

At this week’s Taco Tuesday (held inside the Lodge due to inclement weather), The Friday Flyer asked several people how they planned to spend the 4th of July. Their answers are here and in the gallery

Photos by Donna Kupke

Photos by Donna Kupke

Brian Chism and Jenna Spada say they will take little Lily to the lake, probably at one of the beaches, and watch fireworks.

Photos by Donna Kupke

Photos by Donna Kupke


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