Local events to mark Fourth of July

ESCANABA — Tomorrow is Independence Day, and — despite the impact of COVID-19 — many special events are being held locally in celebration of the holiday. Communities planning events include:


The Bark River Fourth of July “Old Fashioned” Family Celebration is moving forward as planned, according to a post on the Facebook page “Bark River Lions Club.” A parade through the village will begin at 11 a.m.

Festivities will follow the parade at the Bark River Township Park. Music will be performed by the Peltier Brothers until 5 p.m., and fireworks will begin at dusk.


A fireworks display will be held on Friday, July 3 in Ludington Park at dusk. The Escanaba City Band will perform at the Karas Bandshell from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. that day. Some food vendors will be at the park on July 3 and 4.

Attendees are required to follow social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These include staying at least six feet away from people outside of their household to the extent feasible and wearing a face covering, unless they are unable medically to tolerate a face covering.


The Fourth of July will be celebrated with live music from Derrell Syria from 7 to 9 p.m. at the beach house and fireworks at dusk. Food vendors will also be set up in the park on July 4.

Additionally, an F-16 fly-over will take place in Van Cleve Park at 12:15-12:20 p.m. The fly-over is being provided by the Bulldogs of the 148th Fighter Wing, the Duluth-based Air National Guard flying unit.


A “standing parade” will begin in Triangle Park at noon on July 4 with “All Veterans of Schoolcraft County Color Guard” and a performance by the Manistique High School Band. In this event, the parade will not move — the spectators will, visiting floats and exhibits at 29 local addresses. The city’s Fourth of July celebration will end with a large fireworks display.

People attending these events are asked to maintain social distancing of six feet, and a recommendation has been made that those participating in the standing parade not distribute candy. People who are immune-compromised should stay in vehicles during the events, and people who are ill should stay at home.

The city’s traditional Independence Day events are expected to resume in 2021.


A parade will start at 10:30 a.m. CST on July 4. Line-up will take place at the Lions Club building on Ashland Avenue.

A truck pull will be held at noon, with registration at 11 a.m. Additionally, a fishing derby will start at 2 p.m. and live music will be performed by Angels and Outlaws from 2 to 6 p.m.

Kids games, beer and food will also be available during the celebration. Admission to the event is free.


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