Desoto State Park

Annual Independence Day events atop Lookout Mountain

Event Dates:
June 30, 2023, 6:30 pm
July 1, 2023, 5:00 pm
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Events In & Around DeSoto State Park:

DeSoto State Park's Annual Independence Day events atop Lookout Mountain

This annual event is fun for both children & adults!

Celebrate Independence Day and enjoy good ol' fashioned fun at DeSoto State Park. Participate in the flag making contest & eat ice cream at the annual ice cream social.

Date: June 30th & July 1st, 2023

Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama

Fee: Free to everyone; Great for all ages!


Independence Day Flag-Making Contest

Make your own homemade flag to be judged in this fun contest. All ages are welcome to participate. Materials & flag-making rules will be available at the campground pavilion in the Improved Campground starting Thursday, June 29th if needed (Flags are made on white foam boards, participants use natural materials). Flags can be turned in any day that week but MUST be turned in no later than 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 1st to be judged. (Turn in flags at DeSoto's Nature Center) Winners will be announced on DeSoto’s facebook page on Saturday July the 1st (Winners will be contacted) Open to everyone-Be sure to join in the fun! Free to participate and open to all ages!  Flag Rules & Regulations


Splish & Splash Pool Party

Join the fun at our 10th Annual Splish & Splash Pool Party! Cool off in our Olympic-size pool, eat ice cream, & enter for door prizes!

$1.00 per person-admission fee.

Friday, June 30, 2023 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Subject to cancellation if inclement weather


Ice Cream Social

Social starts at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 1st, located at the Campground Pavilion in DeSoto's Improved Campground. Sit around & relax, eat ice cream, & meet your fellow guests at DeSoto State Park. Flag-Making Contest winners will be announced at the Ice Cream Social.

You are welcome to bring your own favorite homemade ice cream recipe or other desserts to share with your fellow guests.

Bring your own comfortable camp chair as seating is limited. Free to participate, & open to everyone! Campground gate will be open for you.

Subject to cancellation if inclement weather

While fireworks are not permitted in the park, below are a couple of local events that include fireworks:

July 1st-Jackson County Jubilee (Scottsboro)

July 2nd-Freedom Day at Fyffe Park (Fyffe)

July 3rd-Fort Payne City Fireworks Show

July 3rd-Lookouts Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks (Chattanooga)

July 4th-Sand Mountain Potato Festival (Henagar)

July 4th-Fun on the 4th in Chattanooga