Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. -  Although the first day of summer is officially June 20, Memorial Day Weekend has traditionally marked the start of the summer season at Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks.  As the days grow longer and the weather continues to warm, the action at the "Best Recreational Lake" in the Nation really begins to heat up.  Read on for more information on the area's Memorial Day Weekend celebrations and other upcoming events around the Lake of the Ozarks.

Many resorts host professional fireworks displays to start their busy season with a bang. Resort guests and visitors to the area are welcome to enjoy the festivities by either land or by water.

Kids enjoy the bounce houses at Old Kinderhook's Memorial Day Weekend Fireworks Fest.
On Friday, May 27,
Old Kinderhook Golf Resort in Camdenton invites the public to join them for their annual Fireworks Fun Fest from 5-9 p.m. Admission to this sparkling spectacle is free and features live musical entertainment from Slick Nickel; bounce houses, clowns, face painting and games for the kids; an "All-American" cookout, which will be available for $13; and fireworks at dusk. For more information, visit

Two Lake-area resorts will put on professional pyrotechnic displays for visitors on Saturday, May 28.  The fireworks at the Inn at Grand Glaize, located in Osage Beach, will begin at dusk and will be viewable by land at the Inn or by water at the 1 mile marker of the Grand Glaize Arm of the Lake.  Bear Bottom Resort, located in Sunrise Beach, will feature live music by Money for Nothing followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m. And, on Sunday, May 29, the celebration continues at Bear Bottom with a double-concert featuring Money for Nothing and the return of country music star Matt Stillwell. There will be a second fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. on Sunday as well. For more information about the Inn at Grand Glaize and its fireworks, visit; and for more details about the events at Bear Bottom Resort, including musical performance times, check out

Tan-Tar-A Resort celebrates Memorial Day with a weekend full of festivities for their hotel guests. Visitors can look forward to live music, cookouts, miniature golf, fun games and contests (limbo, hula hoop, watermelon eating) for the kids, a scavenger hunt, swim-up movies, cosmic bowling and more. The resort's fireworks take place at dusk on Sunday evening, May 29. For more information, visit, or call 
573-348-3131. Also, those who would like to see Tan-Tar-A's fireworks display on the water, but don't have a boat, can reserve a spot on the Tropic Island luxury cruise yacht. Make reservations by calling the Tropic Island at 573-348-0083. This cruises fill up fast, so travelers should reserve their spots early.

The Lodge of Four Seasons will also be hosting a large-scale fireworks display on Sunday beginning at dusk.  The fireworks can also be viewed by water at the 13-mile marker.  Call 800-843-5253 or visit for more information.

2016 LAKE RACE, JUNE 2-5  
Powerboats from all over the country come to the Lake of the Ozarks to compete for big prize money and bragging rights during the 2016 Lake Race, June 2-5. Spectators will be able to watch as boats thunder across the Lake from viewing spots along Bagnell Dam as well as at many of sponsoring establishments. Boats will run from the zero-mile marker to the four-mile marker of the Lake of the Ozarks on Saturday, June 4.

Along with the high-speed races, this event features the new "Festival of Speed," which will be located on Osage Beach Parkway west of the Grand Glaize Bridge in Osage Beach on Thursday, June 2 from 4-9 p.m. The Festival of Speed includes an impressive display of fast cars and motorcycles and race boats, as well as live music, local vendors and more. On Friday, June 3, there will be a 
Meet and Greet Street Party at the lower end of the Historic Bagnell Dam Strip from 5-11 p.m. This is a great opportunity for race fans of all ages to see the power boats up close and meet and talk with the captains of these speed machines.  The races get underway on Saturday morning, following an opening ceremony and conclude with the announcement of the winners. There will be an after party at Beavers at the Dam Restaurant featuring fireworks and live music by Disco Dick and the Mirrorballs. And, on Sunday, June 5, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., there will be an on-the-water "Fun Run" where the public can hop from the different designated waterfront establishments to collect Lake Race stamps from each establishment to be entered into a 50/50 drawing. The Fun Run begins at Beavers at the Dam and concludes at Redhead Lakeside Grill. Also on Sunday, there will be the Lake Race 5K walk or run along the Bagnell Dam Boulevard. For more information on the 2016 Lake Race and a full list of events, viewing locations and participating sponsors, visit  

This free and entertaining Lake of the Ozarks summer tradition marks its tenth year in mid-June. The Canine Cannonball is a popular Dock Dogs-sponsored dock-jumping competition that attracts crowds in the thousands to watch all the furry athletes in action.  The Cannonball tests a dog's physical prowess in three categories: the Big Air Wave (dock jumping for distance), Extreme Vertical (high jump) and Speed Retrieve (fetching).
Canine Cannonball
The Cannonball, which serves as Dock Dog's Central Midwest Regional Championships, takes place at Dog Days Bar & Grill, located in Osage Beach. Events begin in the afternoon on Friday, June 16 with three rounds of the Big Air Wave. On Saturday, there will be three more rounds of the Big Air Wave followed by the Extreme Vertical event. The Cannonball wraps up on Sunday after two more rounds of the Big Air competition followed by the Speed Retrieve. All Cannonball events are free for spectators, but money raised through donations will benefit the Dogwood Animal Shelter, a no-kill shelter in Osage Beach. The Shelter also will have pets on-site available for adoption all three days. For more information, or to register a canine athlete, visit

The Lake of the Ozark's largest family fun boating event returns to Dog Days Bar and Grill on Saturday, July 16. Over the last 10 years,  AquaPalooza has become one of the most popular and highly anticipated summer activities at the Lake. Typically, around 1,000 boats and over 10,000 people head to Dog Days for this free waterside concert and boating party. The festivities run from 12-5 p.m. and include four bands performing throughout the day, games, prizes and much more.

Although AquaPalooza doesn't officially kick off until noon, spectators in boats and floats drop anchor in the cove outside of the Hampton Condominiums and Dog Days early in the morning to get the best vantage point of the live musical entertainment. Along with the live music provided by Mix 92.7, Classic Hits 102.7 and Lake Country KS95.1the event features a swimming area, boat slip rentals, as well as a full menu of foods and frozen drinks. Additional parking is provided by Hampton Condominiums, making it easy for visitors to experience and enjoy one of the Lake of the Ozarks' unique water-focused events. Additional information about AquaPalooza can be found at

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This is just a sample of the fun and family-friendly events taking place at the Lake of the Ozarks this spring and summer.  For more information on other events, attractions and dining options at the "Best Recreational Lake" in the Nation, please call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) at 1-800-FUN-Lake. Or, visit the CVB's award-winning website at

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