Part of Lake Havasu City’s appeal is that somewhere out on the lake, there’s a great party going on, especially during holidays.
During the busy season on Lake Havasu, you can practically walk hundreds of feet across boats at the Sandbar without your feet touching water. The Sandbar, one of the most popular boating destinations on the lake, resembles a small island situated in the middle of the river just beyond Blankenship Bend. Bridgewater Channel beneath the London Bridge is also popular, especially when powerboats, stand-up paddleboards, and kayaks line both shores. But what if you want to get away from it all? Avoid the crowds, yet still enjoy local attractions during the July Fourth
Weekend? Glad you asked. Here are our recommendations. In all cases, getting there – getting anywhere in the city – early is always better than later.
Cool Off Indoors – Who needs the lake when you can visit the Aquatic Center in the C.V. Wood Community Center, located at 100 Park Avenue. Lifeguard-patrolled and temperature-regulated, the Aquatic Center is the perfect change of pace from the lake. Most indoor waterparks offer a mix of waterslides and kiddie pools. The Aquatic Center has an indoor waterslide, a wave pool, kiddie pool, and outdoor splash area. Older kids and adults have one heated pool for open and lap swimming, depending on the time of day. It’s open seven days a week, but closed on the Fourth of July.
Watch the Fireworks from Cypress Park – We have an entire web page explaining the best vantage points to watch the fireworks on July 4 as they light the sky above Thompson Bay. Popular vantage points include Rotary Park, The Nautical Beachfront Resort, London Bridge Beach and Thompson Bay itself by boat. You might find a more relaxing experience, with less crowds, at the newly-built Daytona Cypress Park at 2050 Daytona Avenue. You’ll enjoy a beautiful view of the lake while waiting for the fun to begin, and your kids will love the playground zip line.
Got Props? Consider “Hidden” Launch Sites – It can be fun to watch as powerboaters launch at Lake Havasu State Park. Sometimes there’s a lot of shouting and slipping going on. But if you’re not interested in showing off your incredible launch skills to a crowd of fellow boaters, consider some of the city’s less popular launch ramps. We call them “hidden,” but truth be told, they’re not that hard to find. Head to the Crazy Horse Campgrounds, Havasu Springs Resort (about 23 miles south of town), or the Site Six launch ramp across London Bridge on the island. Some are free and some have fees, but all are great options to get your boat on the water faster during the holiday.
Click here for a complete list of launch ramps and marina information.
Avoid the Wait; Eat in Your Boat – There are drive-in pharmacies, drive-in movie theaters, and even drive-through supermarkets. When it comes to dining, why should Lake Havasu be any different?
If you’re tied up in Bridgewater Channel and feeling a craving for some piping hot pizza, Papa Leone’s, family owned for over a quarter century and overlooking the London Bridge at 304 English Village, will deliver your ‘zah by skateboard. Best of all, the New York-style pies come to you horizontal, not slung over some skater dude’s shoulder turning your pepperonis and tomatoes into mush. Order your pies here.
For more traditional fare, there are at least 16 boat-accessible restaurants in the city. Whether you want breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a great gourmet coffee, there’s a boat-in restaurant ready to serve.
Border Stations Can be a Breeze – Nobody likes to wait, we get that. So on your way out of town, heading back to California, here are tips for making the border inspections more tolerable. To breeze through, be sure to clean your boat, pull the plugs to drain the bilge, live wells, ballast and engine cooling water, then dry off the entire craft.
Pay particular attention to weeds and other vegetation hanging on trailer bunks and fenders, especially during low water levels.
Clean anchors and anchor lines – both chain and rope. Vinegar and water is great for this. Be sure to have them in plain sight to speed up border inspections.
Expose wet PFDs to the open air and allow them to dry completely prior to storage.
Display a ‘Don’t Move a Mussel’ sticker to show inspectors you’re aware of the effort to combat invasive species. For a list of where to obtain stickers, visit the Lake Havasu Marine Association website.