Celebrating the 4th of July on the water.

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EUFAULA, Ala. (WTVY) -- Chewalla Creek Marina projects more than 500 people will hit the water. Marina manager Chris Pace says Thursday's holiday is the important to the city.

"Eufaula is a great town its been slow for a while but its coming back to life and hopefully we can help it come back to life," Manager at Chewalla Creek Marina, Chris Pace said.

People travel from all over and boaters say they come to Eufaula because it has more to offer than other lakes.

"Well its actually become a family tradition over probably the last 20 years or so, we just come over here to celebrate. we really enjoy being on the water at lake Eufaula," Boater, Bill Sewell said.

The 4th of July can be fun, celebrating here on the water at Eufaula Lake, but Chewalla Creek Marinas main concern is safety.

Boating accidents re increasing every year.... making safety on the water a priority.

"That's the biggest thing I mean there's so many kids out here, I mean there's no point in drinking and driving on these boats. I mean just stay safe, know your boating rules, if you don't have a boating license, don't drive. Its common sense," Pace said.

"if you would just be careful out here, you've got to watch for other boaters, You've got to make the appropriate folks wear their life jackets eve if they're unhappy about it. Everyone really should wear a life jacket but there are rules about certain ages that have to wear them and you jut need to enforce those rules," Sewell said.

Chewalla Creek Marina officials say they already have people calling to rent boats for next year's 4th of July.

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