Lake Taneycomo – A History

Dockside on Lake TaneycomoIt happens all the time. When people that come from somewhere else and spend time with us dockside we get some very similar questions. Is this a lake or a river? What river are we sitting alongside? Why do they call this a lake when it looks like a river? We thought this would be a good place to explain some of the mystery of the picturesque and river (or lake) in Branson, Missouri.

Main Street Marina on Lake TaneycomoHistory of Lake Taneycomo

Lake Taneycomo is a man-made lake or reservoir created from a section of the White River in Taney County Missouri. The name of the river comes from that county that it is located in. From the early 1900s to 1958 the lake was a warm water lake.  Once Tablerock Dam was completed in August 1958, the source of Lake Taneycomo came from the bottom of Tablerock Lake. From  that time onward, the lake has remained a fairly constant 50ish degrees. As you can imagine, with this change, swimming near the Rockaway Trout Fishing on Lake TaneycomoBeach area declined and many of the tourists wanting to get into the water instead moved toward other activities in Branson. Swimming in a cold water lake just wasn’t desirable.

Fishermen soon found that the chilly waters of Lake Taneycomo became a premier location for Trout fishing. Whether you prefer fly fishing or other methods, you will be hard pressed to find a more suitable location to catch Trout. With the completion of the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery in 1957, Lake Taneycomo became one of the best year-round locations for Trout fishing. No matter the time of year, it is rare to find the lake deserted of fishermen.

The best of a river and lake aspects are included in Lake Taneycomo.  It has become a terrific location for fishing, hiking, boating, sightseeing, and many other activities.

Dine with us in luxury on the Landing PrincessSee it all Unfold at Main Street Marina

The beauty of the Ozarks comes to life at Main Street Marina! Get off the dock and out on the water with Main Street Lake Cruises. Sightseeing and Dinner Cruises give you an opportunity to see the history as it unfolds in front of your eyes while one of our Captains tells you about the lore of the area.

If you just want to get out by yourself or with a few close friends or family Main Street Water Sports Rentals may be just what you’re looking for. We can get you on a Paddleboard, Hydrobike, Kayak, or Craigcat Motor Boat, to get around the lake in the manner you would prefer.

Rock the Dock at The PaddlewheelIf you are looking to stay on the dock, check out The Paddlewheel. There is always something fun going on for you to enjoy with family and friends. Check out our amazing menu. Great food made for you in our scratch kitchen and delicious drinks created by our bartenders are there at a moments notice. Our friendly staff is ready to  show you a bit of that Ozark hospitality that has become so popular.

If it’s nightlife you are after come out and Rock The Dock as many others do every evening as The Paddlewheel becomes Branson’s LARGEST Nightclub! There is no better place in the area to unwind!

Don’t just take our word for it. Come out and see for yourself why everyone is talking about this amazing spot on Lake Taneycomo. The spot where locals come and visitors always want to come back to. We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

Lat’s Get The New Year Started – 2019 at Main Street Marina

2019 at Main Street MarinaWhat an amazing New Year’s Party we had at Main Street Lake Cruises and The Paddlewheel! DJ Valence rocked the Princess while DJ’s Rob and Scott really made the Dock Rock! Everything was packed and we had an amazing time. The photobooth took more pictures than it ever has, and everyone seemed to stay right through the champagne toast at Midnight. It was probably our largest party of thePacking The Paddlewheel on New Years Eve year. Nothing like bringing in 2019 in with a bang!

We couldn’t have had much better weather on the Dock, between all the firepits and the body heat it was quite comfortable.

Looking Forward to an Amazing 2019

We are really looking forward to what the new year holds. Just because the first couple of months might be a bit slower doesn’t mean we will be holding back on the things that make it amazing to be At Main Street Marina!

We love the locals at The PaddlewheelDuring the week, at the Paddlewheel, we have Open Mic Night on Wednesday Night. On the weekend we will always be on the lookout to bring the best entertainment that the area has to offer. In addition, until March 1st, if you mention that you are a local you will receive  20% off your tab at The Paddlewheel. We really appreciate your business, so while many of our industries may The Landing Princess at Main Street Marina and Main Street Lake Cruisesbe slower, we want to try to make it a little easier on your budget. It’s our way of saying thanks for making The Paddlewheel the most popular spot to be in Branson!

Main Street Lake Cruises will kick off in March. Check out our calendar to see all of the great events that are going to be offered for you to take advantage of. There is no better way to see the Ozarks than from one of our amazing sightseeing or dinner cruises. If you have any questions feel free to contact us or give us a call at 417-239-3980. Our professional representatives will be happy to assist you. Tickets for the specialty cruises book quickly so make your reservations today!

We hope your new year has started as spectacular as ours and we can’t wait to see you on the dock!

 

 

It’s Been a Great Year – Let’s Throw a Party

The Landing Princess at Main Street Marina and Main Street Lake CruisesOh what an amazing year 2018 has been! From all of us at Main Street Marina, we would like to thank you for coming to spend some time with us on the Dock. Being locally owned and operated we take pride in seeing so many people catch a reflection of the area atmosphere and what that looks and tastes like.

Main Street Lake Cruises and Watersport Rentals

Thousands upon thousands of people have come to party on Lake Taneycomo with Main Street Lake Cruises and Main Street Marina Water Sports.  There is no better way to Dine with us in luxury on the Landing Princesswitness the beauty of the Ozarks unfolding before your eyes than along the waters of the White River Basin. Whether it be on a sightseeing excursion on the Lake Queen or an opulent dinner cruise aboard  The Landing Princess, our staff takes pride in making the experience one that you will never forget. We strive to give you experiences that you will reflect upon fondly for a lifetime. We have really enjoyed getting to know the people on the cruises and group charters that have been hosted over the last year.

Our water sports rental dock at Main Street Marina saw so many individuals and families that wanted to get out on the water on a more personal basis. With hydro bikes, stand up paddleboards, kayaks, and the speedy Craigcats available, many folks were able to use the option they wanted to get out on the water.

Rock the Dock at The PaddlewheelThe Paddlewheel

This last year has brought many people to The Paddlewheel as well.  Where scratch local cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails come to life; bringing you the best of the Ozarks all right here to you overlooking the beauty of Lake Taneycomo.

Rock The Dock at The PaddlewheelThe Paddlewheel has not only become one of the best places to sample local fare but it has also become the largest nightclub in the area. Rock The Dock has become a showcase of the best talent from the region with plenty of dance floor for you to get out on it and shake that groove thing. You can feel the excitement in the air each night while the dock moves to the beat of the music.

New Year’s Eve is Time to CelebrateNew Years Eve at Main Street Lake Cruises

We are so excited about the coming year, we have decided to throw two parties for New Year’s Eve. One on the water and another on the dock!

On The Princess, we will board at 8:30 pm and set out on a late night cruise to bring in the new year with style. DJ Valence will be there to bring the music you are going to love! There are gourmet snacks and a full-service cash bar for your pleasure. Don’t forget the champagne toast when the clock strikes 12.  These seats are limited so make sure you contact a representative today and reserve your spot today!

New year's Eve at The PaddlewheelIf you want to stay on the dock, we have your party going on at The Paddlewheel!

DJ’s Rob and Scott will be spinning the music and there will be tons of dance floor to get down! We have provided a special menu that features amazing gourmet cuisine made for you by our Chef in our specialty scratch kitchen. A special drink menu has been prepared by our mixologists that will help you bring in the new year just right. Don’t forget great local beers and a fully stocked bar to bring your favorites your way! We will also watch the Ball drop in New York as well from the Big Screen! it feels just like being there.

Let’s bring in the new year with a bang! We are looking forward to celebrating it with you! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us today!

 

We Got Your Lake Attitude Right Here!

Main Street MArina is on the banks of Tablerock LakeThink back to a time when you got out of your car after a long week and looked out at the waterfront for the first time. The wind blowing softly carrying your cares and agenda out with the breeze. That first refreshing breath of air that you draw as you step onto that beach or walk Lake Attitude Required at Main Street Marinaalong the dock. We bring that feeling to you every day of the year. You know that feeling. That is your “Lake Attitude” descending upon you.  In addition, there are so many ways you can catch that feeling at Main Street Marina. We’d like to take a moment and tell you about them.

On or Off the Dock Fun!

Whether you are on the dock or want to get out on the water, we have your Lake Attitude in mind at Main Street Marina. Do you want to get out on the water? We have every detail covered for you with Main Street Lake Cruises or Main Street Marina Water Sports Rentals. At Main Dine with us in luxury on the Landing PrincessStreet Lake Cruises we have several options for you and your group. Take a beautiful luxurious dinner cruise aboard our 100-foot opulent yacht The Landing Princess. Our staff is trained to bring you the most amazing experience as our Chef prepares a delicious meal for you. It’s going to be a special experience you, and those close to you, will remember for a lifetime.

The Lake Queen at Main Street Lake CruisesClimb aboard The Lake Queen, and see the scenery the way they did back when paddleboats were rolling along the White River area in days gone by.  This two-hour sightseeing cruise gives you the opportunity to take in the beauty of the Ozarks while our Captain shares with you all the history of the Lake Taneycomo region. You will feel as if you stepped into history while our expert staff makes sure you have everything you need.

Both vessels have full-service cash bars that are fully stocked with spirit, wine and beer. Have a specialty handcrafted cocktail made to perfection by our bartenders.

If you want to have an unforgettable business meeting or party we have you covered at Main Street Lake Cruises. Contact us and our professional representatives will help you tailor the perfect occasion for you.

Main Street Marina Water Sports RentalsIf your idea of relaxation involves getting out on the water by yourself or with those close to you, we have all the gear you might need at Main Street Marina Water Sports Rentals. Kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards, Hydrobikes, and the Speedy Craigcats motorboats are available to you. We have different packages available. Whether you have a day or just a few hours, our staff can get you set up with something just right for you.

The Paddlewheel – Branson’s Beautiful Floating Restaurant

Branson's Best Floating Restaurant - The PaddlewheelIf you plan to stay on the dock you won’t be disappointed in the experience, because the Paddlewheel offers the best of everything there is in Branson!  By day you can sit dockside and enjoy an amazing view, and by night The Paddlewheel turns into the Largest Floating Nightclub the area has to offer.

Choose from an amazing menu prepared by our Chef, or a delicious cocktail prepared by our Mixologists. Why would you have to choose – Just have both!

Rock the Dock at The PaddlewheelWhen the sun goes down we know how to Rock The Dock! We bring the best entertainment from the region to you every weekend and most weekdays. You will get the best DJ’s and bands Enjoy the warm fire pits on the dock at The Paddlewheelright here at The Paddlewheel. Don’t worry if it’s cold there are several fire pits in the area, and if it rains we have plenty of room inside.

Regardless of where the party is there is always tons of room on the floor for you to dance the night away. We know how to bring the party to you!

If you have a special event, we take reservations! We want to make sure you have exactly what you want while you are in the area. Just contact us and we will set you up right! Feel free to call us at 417-239-1324 to make those reservations.

Gifts For All Occasions

If you are interested in giving the gift of “Lake Attitude” we can help you with this as well. Regardless of where you are, you can give this gift to anyone that is coming to town or lives here locally. All the locals find their way to Main Street Marina. Contact us or check our gift pages for details.

That Lake Attitude awaits you and we can’t wait to see you!

Locally Owned and Operated – Main Street Marina

Main Street Marina on Lake Taneycomo When you come to the Branson Landing you are going to see a lot of great shops, attractions, and restaurants. You are also going to realize, as you walk along the Landing, that you have seen most of these concepts elsewhere. These corporate locations are probably duplicated in many Main Street Marina is Locally Owned and Operatedplaces throughout the country. If you are looking for something representing “Local Flavor” when you come to Branson then you need to look no further than Main Street Marina. Do you want what you have seen before when you come on vacation? Locally Owned is a badge we wear with pride because we are very proud of the place where we live.

Local Flavor

Main Street Marina is located on Lake Taneycomo in Branson, Missouri and is the home of Main Street Lake Cruises and The Paddlewheel. It’s hard to find a better representation of Ozarks beauty than on Lake Taneycomo. When you are in Branson we invite you to take advantage Our Professional staff aboard te Princessof that amazing view from our docks while you are here. Whether you are at our dockside restaurant or on one of our sightseeing or dinner cruises, we know that you will see the best the Ozarks has to offer. We feel fortunate to have this scenery around us always changing every day of the year.

A delicious salad served aboard the Landing PrincessFamily means different things to different people, but in the Ozarks, we take the concept of caring for others very seriously. We are proud of our staff because they truly enjoy getting to know people as they take care of them. We are excited for you to get to know them.

Our food is prepared fresh in our specialty kitchen and we take pride in making each dish for you on our cruises or at the restaurant. Our desire is to make your taste of the Ozarks linger in your memories for years to come.   There is something delicious for everyone right here by the Lake.

Local Talent

Live Music at The PAddlewheelThe musicians and entertainers in this area have a very distinct flavor that represents the culture of the area. We work hard to make sure that special flair is represented in the live entertainment we bring to you. In the evenings The Paddlewheel turns into the largest nightclub in the Branson area, and we know how to Rock The Dock! The Paddlewheel has become the go-to spot for the best talent in the area. In addition, there is a ton of dance floor for you to help rock this dock!

Rock The Dock at The PaddlewheelWe also give the locals an opportunity to jam on Wednesday nights with our Open Mic Night! It’s a great night to hear some of the area’s musicians and performers showcase what they enjoy. It’s fun for those performing and those coming out to watch and spend time with friends and family.

It’s All Right Here

Main Street Marina is the place to find an original experience that is fun for everyone. If you come alone, chances are you will meet like-minded people and you’ll have a great time. The locals flock here as well; this is a positive sign for us. You know it’s a great place if the locals come here often. We look forward to having you join us and we will help you find that “Lake Attitude”.

Come out and join us – You won’t want to leave.

It’s Gonna get Ugly at The Paddlewheel (Ugly Christmas Sweater Party)

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at The Paddlewheel Sometimes you need to take Rock the Dock up a notch! This Saturday, December 8th is one of those nights! Here at The Paddlewheel, we will be having our Ugly Christmas Sweater Party and it’s gonna get crazy! We intend to heat up this December night with great food, awesome drinks, amazing music, and a whole bunch of you in crazy Christmas sweaters!

What’s Goin’ On

You don’t need to make dinner plans anywhere else because The Paddlewheel has that covered. There is always great food and drink features your crowd is going to love! The Rosy Hips are going to be playing Saturday night at 8 and if you haven’t heard their upbeat modern style just get ready. That thing they do is gonna make you want to get up and get out on the dance floor. They will Rock The Dock just right!

There will be an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest at 11 PM. There will be prizes in different categories given out by our celebrity judges. Get ready to flaunt those hideous threads! Don’t stop there though, we will have a photo booth as well to make sure you have plenty of shots so you will have memories to hold onto. It’s going to be a great time!

Enjoy the warm fire pits on the dock at The PaddlewheelWe Cut Through The Cold at The Paddlewheel

There is a ton of space inside, but it’s nice outside as well. There are so many firepits for you to gather around with your friends! The Paddlewheel on Main Street Marina is the perfect place to be every weekend! Let’s be honest, the weekdays are pretty awesome too. There is no better place to be in Branson, Missouri! Just because the weather changes doesn’t mean we forget how to party when it gets a little nippy!

Upcoming Events at Main Street Marina

We look forward to seeing you Saturday, but we also have a lot of great events coming up for you to mark your calendars for. This New Year’s Eve we have some great things coming up. Make sure you check out our calendar! We will be partying at The Paddlewheel as well as an exclusive New Year’s Eve cruises on the Landing Princess. Give us a call at 417-239-3980 if you have any questions regarding our upcoming events.

If you don’t have all of your Christmas gifts we have that covered for you as well. Find out about our Cruise Gift Certificates and Paddlewheel Gift Cards as well.

We look forward to seeing you and your ugly Christmas sweater really soon!

 

Give Them Fun On The Lake For Christmas

Christmas Gifts from Main Street Marina

Black Friday is Over and Cyber Monday is Too,
But if You Missed Something Don’t Ever Feel Blue.
We Have Amazing Gifts You Can Put In a Card,
See Now, Your Christmas Wasn’t That Hard!

Put a Gift Card in a Stocking to Brighten Their Day.
They Will Love to Relax on the Dock Cuz You Paid!
You Will Hear Them Exclaim as They Tip Back a Beer
We Didn’t Have To Regift an Ugly Sweater This Year!

So, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays From the Marina Staff
Main Street Lake Cruises and The Paddlewheel’s Got Your Back!


While poetry may not be our thing, we are pretty awesome at making people smile. This year we want to fill in all of those gift voids you have still open on your list. Main Street Marina has gift certificates available to pass on to those that matter most to you. Both Main Street Lake Cruises and The Paddlewheel feature opportunities for you to pass on great fun and beautiful memories. Check out these great options and then we will tell you how to take advantage of the amazing deals.

Main Street Lake Cruises Gift Certificates

The Landing Princess at Main Street Marina and Main Street Lake CruisesMain Street Lake Cruises now has gift certificates available to purchase for the many different Sightseeing and Dinner  Crusie options we have available on the Lake Queen and The Landing Princess. There is no better way to see the Ozarks in all its beauty than a cruise along the banks of Lake Taneycomo! Now, you can give that gift to someone without even having to be in the area!

Choose from many different options by clicking here and you can purchase cruise tickets online. If you would prefer to order over the phone or email refer to the information below.

Local Phone  (417) 239-3980
Toll-Free 1-877-38BOATS(26287)
Email  tickets@mainstreetlakecruises.com

Gift Cards for The Paddlewheel

If you have been to The Paddlewheel, you know what an amazing time it is in any season of the year. Now, you can pass this on to those you care about most as a gift for the holidays. Give your friends an opportunity to enjoy delicious food and drinks while they Rock The Dock with our amazing entertainment. In addition, for taking advantage of this offer we are going to add a special gift for you as well.

For each $25 you spend on gift cards for your friends, colleagues, or family, we will give you a $5 bonus card for you to use however you’d like. That’s right, you’re getting a gift for giving a gift!

The $25 gift certificate is good from the date of purchase to December 31st, 2019, and the $5 bonus cards are good for 1/01/19 to 03/30/19.  We love our locals and we look for all kinds of ways to get you back to the dock!

If you have any questions please give us a call at 417-239-1324 and we will be happy to answer them for you.


We are looking forward to seeing you and your friends on the dock really soon! It’s time to develop that Lake Attitude!

New Years Eve is Gonna Rock On and Off The Dock At Main Street Marina

New Years Eve at Main Street Marina When it comes to throwing a party there is no better place in Branson, Missouri to be than at Main Street Marina. New Year’s Eve will be no exception. As a matter of fact, there will be multiple parties going on that night. You simply have to decide if you want to party on the dock or out on the water. We want to take a couple of minutes here and tell you about the amazing night we are going to have, and we want you to be there.

The New Years Eve CruiseNew Years Eve at Main Street Lake Cruises

Come out to Main Street Marina and get onboard our 100-foot luxury yacht for an amazing night of decadence and dancing with Main Street Lake Cruises. There will be a fabulous list of Hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared and DJ Valence is going to be there to spin the tunes as you Rock the Yacht! DJ Valence has become a favorite on the dock and so we asked him to bring his show out on Lake Taneycomo for this special event!

You will be able to enjoy several amazing snacks created by our chef but save room for sweet treats as well. Each level on the princess has a fully stocked cash bar to make sure you have just the right drink for your memorable evening.

As the New Year rings in there will be a complimentary Champagne toast to bring in the year just right! It’s going to be a fun-filled night for folks 21 and over. At only $99 per ticket, this is going to be an amazing gift idea for friends you want to bring with you. Make sure you make your reservations today! Space is limited.

The Paddlewheel New Year’s Party

There is no better way to bring in the New Year than to Rock the Dock at The Paddlewheel! This year, we have DJ’s Rob and Scott bringing in your New Year just right with the music you love! In addition, we will all watch the BIG BALL drop together on our gigantic screen! Come in and make some noise with the fun party favors that will be provided.

There is going to be an exquisite themed menu prepared for New Year’s Eve as well as great drink specials. As the ball drops, we will have a complimentary champagne toast to bring in the New Year with New Years Eve at The PAddlewheelthose you bring with you and those new friends you will make throughout the night!

New Year's Eve at The Paddlewheel at Main Street MarinaThere may be a chill in the air but it’s never cold on the dock. Fire pits are lit and there is a ton of space indoors for you to gather. Not to mention the fact that it’s always hot on the dance floor. It’s going to be an amazing night!

Reservations and Questions

If you have any questions please contact us at 417-239-3980 and we will be happy to make sure you have what you need to make choices for what looks to be an incredible evening on and off the dock!

New Year's Eve Toast at Main Street MarinaIf you haven’t been here at Main Street Marina, this is a great time to start. Branson’s best talent gathers here and we want to get to know you. Come out and spend time with friends on the dock!

 

Menu for New Years Eve at The Paddlewheel

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving With All the Trimmings at Main Street Marina

Thanksgiving Cruises at Main Street Lake Cruises at Main Street Marina The Autumn leaves bring beautiful changes to the Ozarks, and Branson, Missouri has become a very popular place to take in the spectrum of colors. This part of the Ozarks has also become a unique location to spend time with family over the holidays. If you live in the Branson area or plan to Happy Thanksgivingcome out this way for Thanksgiving, we want to let you in on some great things that are happening at Main Street Marina.

Thanksgiving Dinner Cruises

Thursday, November 22nd is Thanksgiving, and Main Street Lake Cruises has two great opportunities to create lasting memories with your family aboard the Landing Princess for a fabulous luxury Dinner Cruise. This opulent dinner cruise will provide you with all the trimmings you would expect from the perfect traditional Thanksgiving feast and then some. Our chef will prepare this meal fresh in our kitchen for you and your loved ones.  This menu will include:

  • An Orange Walnut Garden Salad Tossed In Vinaigrette
  • Brown Sugar Glazed Cooked Ham
  • Roasted Turkey Breast With Gravy
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Roasted Sweet Potato With Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Butter
  • Stuffing
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Warm Sweet Dinner Roll
  • Pumpkin Cake With Candied Pecans

This will all be served with complimentary coffee, soda, and water, but if you choose to partake in something a little stronger, we also have a fully stocked cash bar available as well. Our bartenders can mix the perfect holiday cocktail or pair a delicious glass of wine to accompany your meal.  If you would like a bottle of wine or something special for your cruise, please ask our representative when you call to schedule your cruise. We will make sure that you and those you bring with you have just what they need for the occasion.  Black Friday Weekend at The PaddlewheelMake your reservations soon; these cruises will fill up quickly.

Rock The Dock – Black Friday Weekend at The Paddlewheel

The Paddlewheel will be closed on Thanksgiving Day; however, we will open just in time on Black Friday to make sure you get the opportunity to unwind after all that family time and shopping. We plan to Rock The Dock all weekend!

Friday night, the 23rd, we will have the Rosy Hips back on the dock. Plan to get your dance on because they always fill a dance floor. Their modern upbeat sound has a way of getting you out of yourself and up on your feet.

Saturday, the 24th, we will feature Machine Gun Symphony! If the name alone doesn’t sound amazing, then you will find their music beats right into your system and makes you want to raise your RAWKFIST! This band is new to The Paddlewheel and we are excited to have them with us!

Enjoy the warm fire pits on the dock at The PaddlewheelEach night the bands will start at 8 PM! Make sure you ask your servers about our great drink and food specials.

Just because there is a chill in the air doesn’t mean you won’t want to be out on the dock. There are always firepits blazing to take that cold out of the air. It’s always a good time to be at The Paddlewheel.

Any time of year is a great time to put on that Lake Attitude and come down to Main Street Marina. We look forward to seeing you over the Thanksgiving weekend!

 

Thank You to Our Veterans from Main Street Marina

Thank you Veterans On this Veteran’s Day… November 11th, our Sightseeing Cruise or Dinner Cruise is available free to all our veterans. We want to give back a little to those that have given so much to us.

There is a rich history surrounding Veterans Day and we’d like to take a minute to tell you about some of the highlights.

Veterans Day History

Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

On November 11, 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to his countrymen on the first Armistice Day, in which he expressed what he felt the day meant to Americans:

In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985. President Reagan honored Weeks at the White House with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 as the driving force for the national holiday. Elizabeth Dole, who prepared the briefing for President Reagan, determined Weeks as the “Father of Veterans Day.”

We Love Our Veterans

Branson has a time-honored tradition of celebrating our veterans and those of us at Main Street Marina definitely want to continue in that spirit. On November 11th we want to offer veterans an opportunity to get out on the lake and enjoy the beauty of the Ozarks on us. We offer a sightseeing and a dinner cruise through Main Street Lake Cruises that we would love to have you join us onboard. Please call our ticket office for reservations or for additional information. 417-239-3980. Thank you for your service! We appreciate the sacrifice you made for our country.

Veterans Day Cruises at Main Street Marina