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Danielle Anderson
July 01, 2014 03:15 PM

Jake Owen is ready to practice what he preaches – or at least, what he sings.

The “Beachin'” singer, and self-confessed “water rat,” says he cannot wait for his annual summer respite to get here.

“Every year I take off for July 4th to go to the lake and have a good time with my family, so I ve been counting down the days until July 4th gets here!” he tells PEOPLE Country.

Owen and wife Lacey will pack up 19-month-old daughter Pearl and meet their families at a lake just outside of Nashville.

“We’re out there for four or five days and it’s all about hanging out with my family and just being me again,” he says. “Cooking out and doing some wakeboarding and wake surfing, and hanging out with my parents, my brother, my wife s family.”

Owen says he’s “having a blast” on his Days of Gold tour, but when it’s time to recharge, only the sand and surf will do. “The water is like a second home to me,” he says. “It gives me a free feeling.”

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