SYRACUSE — Early afternoon at Lakeside Park had many trying to stay cool. With temperatures in the mid 80s and little cloud cover, kids and adults alike were enjoying the cool waters of Syracuse Lake.
Those not in the water were seeking solace in the shade of umbrellas, canopies and nearby trees.
At the beach, children were diving in the water and using a variety of floatation devices, from the traditional ring to watermelons and unicorns. An extra large swan even sat docked at a nearby pier. People were also out on boats, kayaks and jet skis, enjoying tubing and skiing around the lake and occasionally making waves for those at the beach.
Lifeguards were on duty to ensure everyone’s safety. Many adults were in the water playing games such as frisbee instead of on the shore playing beach volleyball.
At 4 p.m. food vendors will be set up at the park selling hot dogs, tacos and kettle corn. The Roll N Smoke BBQ, Kona Ice and Lake Coffee Co. trucks will also be set up throughout the parks. The local Rotary Club and Boy Scout troop will be selling lemon shake-ups.
For entertainment, Jeremy VanLue will be acting as radio DJ throughout the evening and during the firework display.
Beginning at 7:20 p.m. the Lake Area Community Band will perform at Lakeside Park. Their performance will last until 9:30 p.m.
Fireworks over Syracuse Lake will bring an end to the July 4th festivities. They are set to begin at dusk, approximately 10 p.m. or later.
Meanwhile, fireworks over Lake Wawasee will be at dusk on Saturday, July 6.