Have a Staycation this 4th of July

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 3, 2010

Use this local itinerary for a great at-home weekend:

On Saturday, start the day in Red Level, for the “Great Red Level Homecoming,” with a pancake and sausage breakfast at 7:30 at the new FEMA building. Afterward enjoy a morning of browsing through the selections at onsite vendors at Crystal Springs picnic park.

Enjoy the entertainment, before eating a barbecue sandwich for lunch. Cost is $5 per sandwich.

After lunch, residents can take a dip in Andalusia’s Cooper Pool from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For supper, take a drive over to Opp for hotdogs, watermelon and cold drinks beginning at 4 p.m., at Frank Jackson State Park.

At sunset, residents have a choice between seeing fireworks in Red Level or Opp, around 9 p.m.

On Sunday morning, opt to sleep in or attend a Sunday church service; however, no 4th of July is complete without some tasty grilling. Residents can throw some hamburgers, hot dogs and ribs on the grill and whip up some delicious potato salad, peach cobbler and even homemade ice cream.

To end the day, residents can head over to the Kiwanis Fairgrounds for the annual 4th of July event hosted by the City of Andalusia. Gates open at 6 p.m., with musical entertainment by Smoke & Lace, beginning at 6:30 p.m., and a fireworks display begins around 8:30 p.m.

T hose who are off of work Monday can enjoy the day at one of the lakes swimming, including Point ‘A,’ Gantt, Frank Jackson State Park in Opp, Blue Lake and Florala State Park.

Don’t forget to take the tasty leftovers to the lake for lunch.

After a day at the lake, take the night off with dinner at one of the local restaurants, followed by a movie at the Clark Theater, where selections (shown right) range from kids movies and comedies to romance.

Admission is $ 5 for ages 2 through 11; $7 for ages 12 through 64; and $5 for 65 and older.