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Vance County Department of Tourism will hold the annual Independence Day Weekend Celebration at Satterwhite Point on Saturday, July 4, 2015. There will be food vendors, fireworks, entertainment by Frankie Faucet and "The Drips" and ranger programs.
A parking fee will be charged. The fee is $6 per car ($4 if the driver is 62 years old or older)and is the standard parking fee at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area. It is requested that those attending the event bring exact change if possible as this will allow for quicker entry of vehicles. The park generally fills by about 8:00 pm on the night of the event, so plan accordingly. Those attending the event should anticipate some traffic delays. Also, if a vehicle leaves the park prior to the fireworks, reentry may not be possible due to the limited parking.
Ranger programs will be held in front of the Community Building from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Frankie Faucet and "The Drips" will perform Beach and Oldies music along with your favorites from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm behind the Community Building.
The fireworks will start approximately between 9:15 pm and 9:30 pm.
It is recommended that visitors bring a flashlight with them because there will be limited lighting.
Updated: 2015-06-30 12:54:03
The Occoneechee Indians once lived in the Kerr Lake area until they were dispersed by Nathanial Bacon in
1676. Until that date, the Roanoke River was the main transportation and supply route for both
Native Americans and early settlers. Constant, regular flooding of the river provided rich and productive
farmland that sustained the area for generations.
The development of cities and homes along the river and the increased demand for flood control and
electricity led to the construction of the John H. Kerr Reservoir, named after the North Carolina
congressman instrumental in the reservoir's development. Construction of this reservoir that straddles
Virginia and North Carolina began in 1946 and was completed in 1952.
The Kerr Reservoir Commission was then created to govern the North Carolina parks bordering the lake. The
N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation eventually took control of the seven recreation areas of the
reservoir in 1975. In addition to water resource management, the reservoir provides fish and wildlife
conservation, forest management and recreation.