There is nothing quite like a hometown holiday – our quaint northern communities know how to celebrate! Locals and visitors alike look forward to honoring the stars and stripes every year. Here are a few of our favorite ways to join in on the fun.
Wednesday, July 3
Music by the Petoskey Steel Drum Band and fireworks in Bay Harbor have been a local favorite, 8 to 10:30 pm!
Thursday, July 4
Celebrate the red, white and blue with the festivities in Alanson! The fun kicks off with the annual pancake breakfast put on by the Boy Scouts starting at 7 am. Followed by that at 11 am is the Village Parade starting on M-68 at Banwell Road, circling through town and ending at the Village Park with a cookout with the Alanson Firefighters. Don’t forget to grab your ice cream at W.W. Fairbairn & Sons, too!
If you’re in Petoskey, find your favorite spot to watch the parade, beginning at 6 pm. Stop by the Perry Hotel, A Brighter Bloom Trio will be playing on the Veranda, 7 to 10 pm. Then make your way toward the water to enjoy the fireworks at dusk.
Classic small town USA event! The parade through Harbor Springs begins at 1 pm. Browse through the 44th Annual Art Show in Zorn Park throughout the day. Stop by the Red, White & Brew event for local craft beer, wine, and cider while listening to Northern Michigan’s own Accidentals! Street Musique from 6 to 8 pm offers music and entertainment along the streets in downtown to pass the time until the main event – fireworks at dark!
While the big celebrations are reserved for Venetian Festival later in the month, a great way to start the day out is with a fresh load of produce from the Farmers Market in Charlevoix, 8 am to 1 pm. Buskers on Bridge Street in the evening offers live music in 5 locations throughout downtown Charlevoix on Thursdays.
Friday, July 5
Restock your pantry with a visit to the Farmers Market in Downtown Petoskey – 8:30 am to 1 pm. Petoskey Rocks! on Friday evening in Petoskey includes carriage rides through downtown, live music by the Pistil Whips from 8 to 9:30 pm and an outdoor movie in the park at dark (Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle).
Saturday, July 6
The Petoskey High School Steel Drum Band makes another appearance, only this time on the Rose Garden Veranda at Stafford’s Perry Hotel. This event is $5 and seating is first come, first serve. A limited dinner menu will be available, as well as a cash bar.
Whether you’re celebrating our Independence near or far, we hope your time is filled with family, friends, fun and good food!