The Fourth of July is truly one of my favorite holidays. What could be better than spending time with friends and family, enjoying the warm summer weather, watching fireworks, grilling out, and playing with sparklers. I must say what is even better is celebrating the Fourth of July in the beautiful Keweenaw. This weekend starting on Friday, July 2 there will be several Independence Day celebrations in the local area.
On Friday, July 2 the Independence Day Celebrations begin in Dollar Bay and Lake Linden. In Dollar Bay, on Friday, there will be free horse and wagon rides at 6:30 p.m. and a street dance at Pioneer Park at 7:30 p.m. In Lake Lindon, on Friday, there will be a fireworks display at dusk in the village park. Prior to the firework display there will be live music, food, and refreshments in the park starting at 6:30 p.m.
On Saturday, July 3 the celebrations continue. In Lake Linden, on Saturday, there will be a parade running through town starting at 9:30 a.m. There will also be live music and food available at the village park throughout the day. A Children’s Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the village park. In Hubbell, on Saturday, there will be a parade at 10:30 a.m. that will start from Peninsula Copper Industries. Throughout the afternoon and evening there will be music and games at the Lake Front Park in Hubbell. In Dollar Bay, on Saturday, there will be a VFW Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. and a parade at 12:00 p.m. Throughout the afternoon there will be snacks, a chicken BBQ, pasty sale, live music, and children’s games at the fire hall and Pioneer Park. In Hancock, on Saturday and Sunday there will be a Guts Frisbee Tournament at the Hancock Driving Park.
In Mohawk, on Sunday, July 4 there will be a flag raising ceremony and children’s parade at 10:00 a.m. In Gay, on Sunday, there will be a parade at 2:00 p.m. as well as a Bazaar from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Gay Community Hall. In Ahmeek, on Sunday, there will be a bicycle parade at 11:00 a.m. with activities and concessions throughout the afternoon at the Gabe Chopp Park. In Hancock, on Sunday, in addition to the Guts Frisbee Tournament noted above there will also be a Horse Tail Scramble Trail Run and Fitness Walk at 1:00 p.m. The event will begin just 4.5 miles past the Hancock Beach on the way to McLain State Park. After the Scramble, participants are invited to enjoy the Fourth of July festivities at Churning Rapids. In South Range, on Sunday, the Fourth of July Celebrations begin with children’s games at 12:30 p.m. at Range Veterans Memorial Park. The day continues with a wood carving expo from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. At 4:oo p.m. there will be tours of the Keweenaw Brewing Company and from 12:00-4:00 p.m. there will be a Tasting Extravaganza at the Carrousel Winery. A parade will begin on Main Street at 3:00 p.m. with a Cruise-In Classic Car Show taking place afterward. There will be a firework display at dusk at the Range Veterans Memorial Park. In Copper Harbor, on Sunday there will be a parade at 10:00 a.m. followed by a BBQ and activities. There will be a fireworks display at dusk on the waterfront. In Houghton, on Sunday, the Pine Mountain Music Festival will be performing at the Houghton Waterfront Park at 7:30 p.m.
In addition to all the organized Fourth of July events listed above there are many other fun activities to do with friends and family over the Fourth of July weekend. Some other fun activities include eating at one of the great restaurants in the local area, bike riding on the trails, hiking, going to the beach, visiting the Mineral Museum, or exploring and sightseeing. For ideas of local attractions to visit and restaurants to eat at, check out the Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Wherever you choose to celebrate the Fourth of July I hope you have a wonderful time and find yourself in the company of friends and loved ones!