FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND EVENTS

Ishpeming

By LISA BOWERS

Journal Ishpeming Bureau

ISHPEMING — Even though organizers are still raising funds for this year’s festivities, a series of Fourth of July events in Ishpeming started in full swing with an annual Golf Outing at the Wawanowin Golf Club at 10 a.m. Friday.

According to Fourth of July committee member Paul Bonetti, organizers are still working to raise the $20,000 needed pay for Fourth of July events that draw thousands of people to the area, such as the parade, live entertainment at Al Quaal Recreation Area and the fireworks display — the golf outing helps with that.

“We are still fundraising for this year’s events,” Bonetti said. “If people miss the golf outing on Friday morning, we will be accepting donations all the way through. This is truly a community-sponsored event and donations and help from volunteers are really what make it happen.”

Bonetti said volunteers are also needed for the fireworks crew, the parade crew and the picnic crew. Anyone interested can inquire on the group’s Facebook page

The Ishpeming Blue Notes Drum and Bugle Corps will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a “Just for Fun” march at the Ishpeming playgrounds at 2 p.m. today, and a “Blue Notes 60th Anniversary Party” at the Ishpeming VFW.

Annual softball tournaments will be held from today through Tuesday for Ishpeming High School and Westwood High School Alumni teams. Brackets for the tournament can be found on the Ishpeming Fourth of July Facebook page.

Monday will be a busy day with an Alumni Open House at the IHS Gymnasium from 9 a.m. to noon and the annual Festival of Treasures on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The festival, which is sponsored by the Ishpeming Business Association, will include crafters, food vendors, live music and other family-oriented fun.

The Blue Notes along with Blue Notes Alumni will meet at the top of Main Street at 6:30 p.m. for the annual “Old Ish” concert downtown at 7:30.

Tuesday festivities start early, with the Firecracker 5K race and 1 Mile Walk at the Al Quaal Recreation Area.

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 and former Ishpeming Police Chief Dan Willey will serve as grand marshal for the parade, which is expected to include over 100 units and 1,000 participants.

Bonetti said 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.

“We appreciate the extraordinary sacrifices made by officers and their families on a daily basis in order to protect our schools, workplaces, roadways and homes,” the Ishpeming Fourth of July newsletter states. “Please take this opportunity to show your support for all law enforcement and to honor their immense efforts.”

A picnic lunch will be held for the IPD retirees at the Al Quaal pavilion after the parade.

“The public is welcome to stop by and thank them for their service,” the newsletter states.

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 p.m. 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, which is estimated to occur at 10:30 p.m., will ensure that the festivities end with a bang.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is lbowers@miningjournal.net.

Negaunee

By LISA BOWERS

Journal Ishpeming Bureau

MARQUETTE — Downtown Negaunee will once again be a hub of activity as the 38th Annual Pioneer Days celebration begins on Friday, despite construction along U.S. 41.

Events associated with the celebration, sponsored by the non-profit Negaunee Irontown Association, will run through July 8.

According to an NIA press release, construction work on a Michigan Department of Transportation a 1.7 mile resurfacing project on U.S. 41 starting east of Water Street and ending 500 feet east of Iroquois Drive will be suspended during the final days of the celebration.

“Don’t let the construction on U.S. 41 deter you from enjoying the fireworks display on Teal Lake as MDOT has graciously agreed to shut down the project from Friday, July 7 at 3 p.m. until Monday, July 10 at 6 a.m.,” the release states.

The Negaunee Fire Hall firefighter’s tournament will not be held at Teal Lake this year. It will be held at the fire hall downtown immediately after the parade.

The Alumni Tournament at LaCombe Field will conclude Friday.

“The final games will be on Friday night under the lights,” the release states. “This is a change from years past where the final games were played on Saturday after the parade.”

Alumni softball games at LaCombe Field, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday will mark the beginning of nine action-packed days in the city. The games will continue over the weekend beginning at noon Saturday and again on Sunday at LaCombe Field, Monday games will start at 6 p.m.

The festival kicks into high gear on Wednesday with a Continental Breakfast at the Negaunee Senior Center from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Other Wednesday events include:

• Social Luncheon at the Negaunee Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

• NHS Class of 1947 will meet at 1 p.m. at the Negaunee Senior Center.

• NHS Class of 1948 will meet at 1 p.m. at the Negaunee Senior Center.

• NHS Class of 1951 will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Negaunee Senior Center.

• NHS Class of 1952 will meet at 10 a.m. at the Negaunee Senior Center.

• NHS Class of 1954 will meet at 10 a.m. at the Negaunee Senior Center.

• NHS Class of 1955 will meet from 3-5 p.m. at the Negaunee Elks.

• NHS Class of 1972 45th year reunion at Negaunee Elks at 6 p.m.

• Negaunee Elks Kids Bike Parade; Line up at 11 a.m. at the corner of Iron St. and Bus. M-28. Route ends at the ice arena.

• Big Brothers Big Sisters Pioneer Days Run/Walk begins at 5 p.m. at Old Towne Park.

• Old-timers softball game at 3 p.m. at Lacombe Field.

• Negaunee Elks Kids Day from noon to 3 p.m. at the Negaunee Ice Arena, offering food, games and raffles.

• Alumni softball games at LaCombe Field, beginning at 6 p.m.

• VFW Post 3165 Open House 12 p.m.

• VFW Post 3165 Open House and Wine Tasting at 6 p.m. Music by Just the Two of Us.

• Pasquali’s Cars Show and Cruise will be held at Pasquali’s on Teal Lake Avenue. Drive-in is from 6 to 9 p.m., cruise at 9 p.m.

• Immanuel Lutheran Church salad luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m.

• Negaunee City Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the band shell.

• Free Admission Negaunee Historical Museum at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday events include:

• Alumni softball games at LaCombe Field, beginning at 6 p.m.

• Hot Breakfast at the Negaunee Senior Center from 9-10 a.m.

• NHS Class of 1946 will meet 1 p.m. at the Negaunee Senior Center.

• NHS Class of 1956 will meet 1 p.m. at the Negaunee Senior Center.

• NHS Class of 1960 will meet 10 a.m. at the Negaunee Senior Center.

• NHS Class of 1961 will meet 10 a.m. at the Negaunee Senior Center.

• Friends of the Negaunee Library annual used book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Negaunee Senior Center.

• Mitchell United Methodist Church Annual Pie Social at 1 to 3 p.m. and from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Negaunee Elks Club.

• NHS Class of 1997 family picnic 2 p.m. at Miners Park.

• Free Admission Negaunee Historical Museum at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Mather “B” Reunion will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Barr’s Bar.

• VFW Post 3165 Open House noon to midnight.

• Pioneer Princess Pageant begins at 7 p.m. at the NHS Auditorium.

• NHS Class of 1962 55th Reunion will meet at 3 p.m. at Jean Maino’s on 201 E Main St.

• Social Night begins at 8 p.m. in Downtown Negaunee.

• Negaunee Elks Open House 3 p.m. to close.

Friday events include:

• Alumni softball games finals and championship at LaCombe Field, beginning at 6 p.m.

• Hot Breakfast at the Negaunee Senior Center from 9-10 a.m. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon.

• Free Admission Negaunee Historical Museum at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Fox Negaunee Golf Outing; Registration 8 to 9:30 a.m. shotgun starts at Wawonowin Country Club.

• VFW Post 3165 Open House noon to midnight.

• Friday Free Flea market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Iron Street. Set up is free at 9 a.m.

• Negaunee Public Library Local Author Signing 1 p.m. with Michael Carrier, Vickie Fee, Rondi Bauer Olson and Tyler Tichelaar.

• Negaunee Senior Center World War I Presentation 10 a.m.

• St. Paul School Luncheon at noon at the Negaunee Senior Center.

• NHS Class of 1992 will meet from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Negaunee National Bank building.

• NHS Class of 1958 will meet 1 p.m. at the Negaunee Senior Center.

• NHS Class of 1959 will meet 10 a.m. at the Negaunee Senior Center.

• NHS Class of 1997 20 year will meet from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Negaunee Community Center.

• NHS Class of 1987 30 year will meet at 6 p.m. at the Jackson’s Pit outdoor tent. Cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres. Music by Iron Daisy from 8 p.m. to midnight.

• Mr. Upper Peninsula “Pageant” will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Vista Theater. Doors open at 7 p.m.

• Negaunee Elks Open House 3 p.m. to close.

• Pioneer Days Alumni 5k Fun Run/Walk will take place at 11 a.m.at Heritage Trail. Hosted by NHS class of 1994. Registration starts at 11 a.m.

Saturday events include:

• The 38th annual Pioneer Days Parade 11:30 a.m. Line-up begins at 10:30 a.m. at Negaunee Senior Center.

• Free Admission Negaunee Historical Museum at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• VFW Post 3165 Open House and live entertainment beginning at 11 a.m.

• Pioneer Days Community Picnic from 1 p.m. until dusk at Teal Lake.

• Firefighters Tournament begins after parade at the Negaunee Firehall.

• The Negaunee Fireworks Display begins at dusk over Teal Lake.

• NHS Class of 1977 40th Reunion will meet at 6 p.m. at Pasquali’s.

Event participants can refer to the NIT website — negauneeirontown .org — or the organization’s Facebook page for information on locations and event costs. Brochures are also be available at local businesses.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is lbowers@miningjournal.net.

Marquette

By RYAN JARVI

Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE — A variety of events beginning this weekend will take place in Marquette to celebrate the country’s Independence Day, culminating in 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 Tuesday, with a rain date set for Wednesday.

Earlier Tuesday will be the Marquette Fourth of July parade, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Marquette.

The parade 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.

Meanwhile, the International Food Fest will begin Sunday and continue through Tuesday.

The festival, sponsored by the Marquette County Exchange Club, is open from noon to 10:30 p.m. each day and offers guests live music, food, beverages and other attractions.

Several local restaurants and vendors will offer a variety of festival fare, from chicken wings and pulled pork sliders, to popcorn, cotton candy and ice cream.

All three days of the International Food Fest will be full of live music, scheduled to last until about 10 p.m. each night. The line-ups and starting times are as follows:

SUNDAY

≤ Noon, Michael and Erica Waite

≤ 2 p.m., Who Dat Brass

≤ 4 p.m., The Amnesians

≤ 6 p.m., Iron Daisy

≤ 8 p.m., Conga Se Menne

MONDAY

≤ 2 p.m., 7 Foot Drift

≤ 4 p.m., Cherrie Bombs

≤ 6 p.m., The Prusi Brothers

≤ 8 p.m., Shotgun Kelli

TUESDAY

≤ Noon, Chris Valenti

≤ 2 p.m., Parade Break

≤ 4 p.m., JAB

≤ 6:30 p.m., Marquette City Band

≤ 8 p.m., The New Riders of the Seney Stretch

The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 44 will also host a community breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Tuesday 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.

Ryan Jarvi can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 270. His email address is rjarvi@miningjournal .net.

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