2012-06-28 / Front Page

Areas plan 4th festivities

Garden, June 30

GARDEN – The village of Garden is welcoming the public to their Independence Day Celebration June 30. The event is hosted by the Garden Old Timers and the Garden American Legion Post 545.

The event will begin at 12 p.m. with a parade featuring floats sporting the theme “Red, White and Blue, We Fought for You.”

Following the parade, festivities will include: games, a bounce house, dunk tank, Shriner clowns and a raffle. Special events include: Great Lakes Timber Shows at 1, 3:30, and 6 p.m.; an auction at 2 p.m.; and bed races at 4:30 p.m.

Music will be available throughout the festival, including: DJ Ed Nyman from 3-7:30 p.m.; and Black Bear Band from 8 p.m. until midnight.

The event also features a fireworks display at dusk. A rain date of July 1 is scheduled.

Curtis, July 1

CURTIS – The 39th Annual Independence Day Celebration will be held July 1 in downtown Curtis. The parade theme this year is “Our Veterans and Their Families”.

Festivities will begin at 10 a.m., with over 50 arts and crafts booths opening to the public. At 11 a.m., the Lions’ Famous Chicken BBQ and Trimmings will be serving. The “Biggest Little Town Parade in Michigan” kicks off at 12:30 p.m., and features floats, marching units, color guards, and bands. Bands performing this year include: Petoskey Steel Band, Kalamazoo Bag Pipe Band, Navy League Band, and the Newberry High School Band.

The celebration will also include: a chamber refreshment tent, Curtis Women’s Club bake sale, children’s inflatable slide, rock climbing, and other children’s games.

Fireworks will close the celebration at dusk.

For more information, call the Curtis Chamber of Commerce at (906) 586-3700.

Manistique, July 7

MANISTIQUE – A two day Independence Day Celebration will take place in Manistique on July 6-7.

The event kicks off on July 6 with the annual Kiddie Parade, featuring children of all ages. The children, dressed in costume, will begin the downtown parade at 6 p.m.

On July 7, festivities continue with the Independence Day parade, beginning at 12:30 p.m. This year’s parade will feature: the Royal Canadian Legion Band, the Drum and Trumpet Band with Color Guard, the McGregor Pipe Band, the Newman Navy League Cadet Corps. Band, numerous floats, and more.

Following the parade, residents and visitors are invited to the Manistique Marina for food booths, music and the annual Art Fair. At dusk, the celebration will be topped off with a fireworks display.

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