Celebrating AMERICA

Area has plenty of Fourth of July events to choose from

MARQUETTE — Here are some of the Fourth of July events happening locally today:

BIG BAY

Each Fourth of July, Bay Cliff Health Camp sponsors an Independence Day Parade in Big Bay.

Approximately 160 campers ages 3-17 attend Bay Cliff and are joined by 130 staff who come from all over the country.

Campers and staff alike dress up in costumes that depict one particular aspect of the parade’s theme: “Bay Cliff Celebrates American Heroes.” This year, expect to see Bay Cliff’s efforts to capture “heroes” by depicting presidents, women, explorers, neighborhood heroes, the military and many more in the parade. Campers and staff make their own costumes and every camper and staff member participates.

For most of the children at Bay Cliff, this will be their first opportunity to participate in a parade.

The parade begins at 3:15 p.m., starting at the Bay Cliff Health Camp entrance and proceeding along the streets of Big Bay. Organizations from the Big Bay area are invited to join in and follow the campers in the parade.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

ISHPEMING

Festivities start early, with the Firecracker 5K race and 1 Mile Walk registration starting at 7 a.m. at the Al Quaal Recreation Area, and the race at 8:45 a.m.

At 10 a.m. the Daryl Champion Kids’ Parade will begin. Each year 50 to 100 children of all ages decorate their bikes and meet at the Mather Inn parking lot and ride their bikes to Ishpeming City Hall where they release balloons to signal the start of the main Ishpeming Fourth of July Parade at 10:30 a.m.

The parade proceeds from Empire on Third Street to Hematite Drive, then west on Hematite to Main Street, heading south on Main Street to Division Street ending at the Ishpeming High School.

Marquette County Undersheriff Dan Willey — the former Ishpeming Police Chief — will serve as grand marshal for the parade, which is expected to include more than 100 units and 1,000 participants.

Other IPD retirees will be honored in the parade as well, including George Sibley, John Healey, Dave Engstrom, John Wallace, Darrell Stambaugh and Craig Michaud. A picnic lunch will be held for the IPD retirees at the Al Quaal pavilion after the parade.

The July Fourth Community Picnic will be held from noon to 8 at the Al Quaal Recreation Area — featuring food vendors, bounce houses donated by the Greater Ishpeming Negaunee Chamber of Commerce, pony rides, live music from 6 to 9 p.m. and an Earthly Treasures Arts and Crafts area.

Middle and high school kickball is scheduled at 5 p.m. in the softball area right after the alumni softball games.

The annual fireworks presentation, scheduled at dusk, is estimated to occur at 10:30 p.m.

MARQUETTE

The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 44 will host a community breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Richard M. Jopling American Legion Post 44, at 700 W. Bluff St. French toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, coffee, orange juice and milk will be served to adults for $10, children ages 5 to 12 for $5, and children age 5 and below for free.

Following the breakfast at 11 a.m., Fourth of July ceremonies will be held at Harlow Park, located near the American Legion Post along Washington Street between Seventh and Morgan streets.

The Marquette County Exchange Club’s International Food Fest will have its final day, open from noon to 10:30 p.m., offering live music, food, beverages and other attractions in Mattson Lower Harbor Park.

The Marquette Fourth of July parade, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Marquette, will begin at 2 p.m. near the intersection of Washington Street and McClellan Avenue. The parade will continue east on Washington Street and finish at the intersection of Third Street and Baraga Avenue. Grand marshals this year will be Natasha Lantz and Glenn Sarka, campaign co-chairs for the United Way, with the parade’s theme: “United We Stand.”

The activities will culminate with the city’s Fourth of July fireworks display over Lake Superior, easily visible from Mattson Lower Harbor Park. The fireworks display, declared by organizers as the “Greatest Fourth in the North,” will take place at dusk, with a rain date set for Wednesday.

MUNISING

The annual Fireworks on the Bay Chamber Fundraiser takes place on the Fourth of July in Munising. This event is held atop a Pictured Rocks Cruise boat, and it will board at 10:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Alger County Chamber of Commerce office, 129 E. Munising Ave., Munising, or by calling 906-387-2138. In case of inclement weather, tickets will be honored the day of the fireworks. Visit algercountychamber.com for more information.

TRENARY

The annual Trenary Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. today. This fundraiser supports local groups each year, with this year hosted by the Superior Central Schools’ football program. Cost is $6 for adults and children older than 5, $5 for veterans and free for children younger than 5. Cost includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice, coffee and milk. The event will take place at the Trenary Community Building on M-67.