Communities prepare to celebrate Fourth of July

IRON MOUNTAIN – Independence Day will be celebrated throughout the area this weekend, with parades, fireworks, and other patriotic activities planned for today, Friday, and Saturday.



“Proud to Be an American” is the theme of this year’s annual Iron Mountain-Kingsford Independence Day parade sponsored by Americans for Constitutional Enforcement (ACE).

Lineup will begin Friday at 7:30 a.m. at Pyle Drive and all units must be in place no later than 8:30 a.m. The parade will kickoff at 9 a.m.

The parade will follow the same route as past years. It will start at Balsam Street, proceed north to Woodward Avenue, then east to Carpenter Avenue, north to H Street, and east on H Street to the Midtown Mall.

This year’s grand marshal will be Richard Abraham of Iron Mountain, founder of ACE.

ACE will honor all veterans with a fly-over of three antique military airplanes. There will be three passes, beginning at 9:15 a.m., over the parade route.

There are several major changes required by ACE insurance carriers and the two cities. Throwing of any objects or squirting of liquids from mobile units or walkers are now prohibited and items may only be distributed by walkers along the curb.

Owners of horses and non-licensed motorized units such as bikes, go-carts, scooters, RV’s and the like must provide proof of liability insurance to enter.

The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 50 is again organizing the annual community fireworks from Millie Hill. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held Saturday, July 5.

“This year’s show has been redesigned to include a larger volume and variety of international shells, which will make it even more spectacular than last year’s,” said Fireworks Committee Chairman Michael Laydon. “Accordingly, would you please consider supporting this community event with a donation of whatever you feel is appropriate?”

Again this year, the Iron Mountain Fire Department will be part of the fundraising efforts as they will be walking the Independence Day parade route with their “fill-the-boot” campaign, in which donations are placed in a firefighter’s boot.

Econo Foods and Super One Foods will also be conducting their fundraising efforts through their checkout lines.

Donation checks can be made out to “SAL 2014 Fireworks Fund” and mailed to SAL 2014 Fireworks Fund, P.O. Box 1046, Iron Mountain, MI 49801.


The city of Norway will celebrate the Fourth of July on Friday evening with a parade, concert and fireworks.

The celebration kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a Kiddie Parade on Main Street followed by the main parade, City Band performance at the Norway Band Shell and fireworks at dusk.

Line-up for the Kiddie Parade will be on 10th Avenue. All other parade participants are asked to line up at 11th and Railroad avenues.

No registration is required, but participants are required to arrive 45 minutes from the start of the parade.

For the safety of viewers, no items shall be thrown from the parade, but can be handed out.

Horse clubs are reminded to provide a clean-up person to follow their horses.

Any questions concerning the parade shall be directed to Wally at (906) 563-5746.

There will be no parking on Main Street from 5:30 p.m. through the end of the parade.

The Norway Volunteer Fire Department will light off fireworks at dusk from Norway Hill.


The West Iron County Independence Day celebration will be held Friday, July 4

Parade registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the west side of the West Iron County High School. Members of the auxiliary units of the American Legion Posts No. 17 (Iron River) and No. 21 (Old Stambaugh), as well as VFW Post 3134 will be on hand to help with registration.

Parade units will form on the south side parking area of the high school. The parade committee requests that all units use the street between the school and Kermit’s Bar as the main entrance to the parking lot.

The parade will leave at 10 a.m., with mass colors of the veterans organizations. Due to road construction on Genesee Street, the parade will proceed through Old Stambaugh, down Stambaugh hill to U.S. 2, and proceed up U.S. 2 to the Windsor Center, where the parade will disband.

Bob Black will be the parade announcer. This years parade marshals will be upstanding and accomplished Iron County citizens Harold and Marcia Barnhardt.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: adult, youth and non-profit organizations, commercial/industrial, municipal, decorated bikes, antique vehicles, tractors, individual horse and group, and comic individual and group.

Following the parade there will be games and free ice cream for all children at the West Iron County Fire Department station on Ninth Street in Iron River.

Fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. on the night of July 4, under the supervision of West Iron County Fire Chief Alfred Perlongo and his volunteer firefighters. If there is inclement weather, fireworks will be held at 10 p.m. on the night of July 5.

Anyone interested in making a donation to help defray the ever increasing costs of fireworks can mail donations to West Side Veterans Council, P.O. Box 433, Iron River, MI 49935, or leave a donation with any of the veterans organizations.


The Hamilton Lakes Association will sponsor the annual July 4th boat parade at 1 p.m. on Hamilton Lakes.

First and second place trophies will be awarded to the “Most Patriotic” and “Most Creative” boats.

The parade will begin at the east end of Lake Louise (near the channel to Hamilton Lake), follow the Lake Louise shoreline, travel through the channel, and circle Hamilton Lake. The parade will conclude near the Hamilton Lake boat launch.


Hermansville’s big Independence Day celebration will take place Saturday, July 5, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The celebration will feature a large parade, beginning at 11 a.m. Parade line-up and float registration begins at 10 a.m. on Earle Drive near Stewart Manufacturing.

Prizes will be awarded after the parade. Awarded will be: float prizes of $200, $150, $75, and $50; antique car prizes of $50 and $25; classic car prizes of $50 and $25; best-decorated ORV prizes of $25 and $15; and two best-decorated bicycle prizes of $10 each.

The 17th annual Car Show is taking place near the IXL Museum, with registration from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., and judging from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Music will be provided by John Whitens and friends and Runaway Train all afternoon at the Hermansville Lake beach. There will also be food and beverages on the grounds; games, races, and a bounce house for children; and a cash drawing. Carry-ins will not be allowed.

The 20th annual William Anderson Sport and Recreation Club Mud Runs will be held in the afternoon. Registration runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and racing starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Mud Bog located near Hermansville Lake.

The Mud Run entry fee will be $20 per driver, per rig, with trophies and cash prizes for the top three finishers in each class. Class specifications, rules, and preregistration information can be found at and

Hermansville volunteer firefighters will put on a fireworks display at dusk. No alcohol, sparklers or other personal fireworks will be permitted at the fireworks event.


Foster City will host a parade on July 4, beginning at noon.

Participants are asked to be on Cheese Factory Road for lineup at or before 11:30 a.m.

Floats, logging trucks, farm equipment, and bicycles are expected, but participants are free to be creative.

The parade will travel down Waucedah Road and into Foster City, towards the fire hall.

Contact Brenda at (906) 246-3763 or Barb at (906) 246-3590 for more information.


The Powers-Spalding Independence Day Celebration will be held today at Veterans Memorial Park.

A patriotic parade will begin at 5 p.m. Parade registration will be at the Lions Club building. Cash prizes for Best Float will be awarded.

A fishing derby sponsored by Normenco Sportsman’s Club will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

From 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., the band Oz, with members of Feed and Rockslide, will provide live musical entertainment.

The celebration will include food, refreshments, volleyball, basketball, horse shoes, games for children, air rides, and more. An ice cream fundraiser will support the NCA Guarantee Scholarship Fund.

No carry-ins will be permitted at the celebration. Rides home from the park will be available.

The celebration is sponsored by American Legion Post No. 244, Sons of the American Legion 244 and Auxiliary 244.


Alpha celebrates not only Independence Day this weekend, but its centennial as well.

Many activities are scheduled around the Alpha Circle, on the lawn, by the ball court and at the pavilion. The centennial begins today with an opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m.

The centennial celebration will include games for children, a petting zoo, live musical entertainment, a pie-eating contest, a tug-of-war, a street chalk art contest, a nail-pounding contest, the Bearded Men of Alpha contest, and more.

The Mastodon 5K Run/Walk starts at noon.

At 1 p.m., the all-class Alpha Reunion Family Gathering will take place at the pavilion, and old-time races will begin.

A fireman’s ball and street dance will begin at 8 p.m. with music by the Cadillacs.

Friday’s activities will begin with at 9 a.m. with a flag-raising at the Village Hall.

The Fourth of July parade will circle around Main Street beginning at 9:30 a.m., featuring floats, the Forest Park High School Band, and the kids’ bicycle parade.

Also starting at 9 a.m. will be the Porter School Faire with arts and crafts on the school lawn and in the historic building.

At 10 a.m., the Alpha-Mastodon Fire Department will offer Cracker Jack and ice cream by the school.

Music starts at 11 a.m. with Crossroads, along with more games for the kids, crafts, bouncy houses, and the rocket ship. Children’s races will be hosted by the Alpha Mastodon Fire Department. Horseshoe tournaments will take place. Music will continue with Stager performing at 3 p.m.

There will be a pie social after the parade at the Alpha Senior Center, which will offer red, white and blue shortcake among other treats. Visitors can purchase pasties for $4.50, get their photo taken, and enjoy ice cream, too.

A fireworks display will top off the night at 9 p.m. to honor the birthdays of both Alpha and America.

The celebration continues on Saturday with more games and races for children, an antique car show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and live music throughout the day.

Fireside plays at 11:30 a.m., Sons of Legend at 3:30 p.m., and Donnie Pick Band of Kaukauna, Wis., at 6 p.m.

To close out the centennial festivities, there will be another fireworks show at 9 p.m. Saturday.


The Independence Day celebration in Amasa begins at 9 a.m. Friday with a community hymn sing at Grace United Methodist Church.

A rummage sale will be held on the church lawn from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Several rummage sales will also be taking place around the community.

Festivities at the downtown park start at 10 a.m. with a flag-raising ceremony and presentation of the annual Bino Webber Scholarship. A parade and games for children will follow.

At 11 a.m., a duck race will be held as a fund-raiser for Amasa’s 125th birthday celebration in 2016.

Lunch will be served at noon at the fire hall, with food, beverages, ice cream and Cracker Jack, served by the Sion Lutheran Church and the Hematite Township Fire Department.

The Amasa Museum will be open for the celebration, and the Amasa Historical Society will select winners of its annual drawing at 1 p.m.

The annual softball game takes place during the afternoon at the ball field.

“All are welcome to take part and spend the fourth in Amasa,” a spokesperson said.


The Spread Eagle Chain of Lakes Association (SECOLA) will sponsor a boat parade on July 4. Parade organizers will be on hand beginning at approximately 12:20 p.m. to begin registration.

Participants are asked to get their registration number at Red Line Marina on Railroad lake by 12:45 p.m., and to prepare to safely dock in order to receive the participant certificate, obtain rules and regulations, and register with pertinent information.

A designated leader will be appointed to lead the parade through all navigable lakes on the chain. Boaters must stay in the lineup, follow the boat in front of them, and remain in the parade until the end.

Participants should be mindful of safety and keep a safe distance from shore, docks, rafts, and other boats.

Boaters should drive slowly by the judges’ stand so they have time to tabulate scores and hold their registration number up high as they pass.

After the parade, participants should stay close to their contact phone as parade administrators will notify award winners by phone and deliver trophies immediately.

There will be first place and second place awards in two categories: pontoon boats and other boats. Honorable mention will be distributed to three additional entries.

Criteria for judging includes adherence to theme; creative use of materials; attention to detail and evidence of craftsmanship and effort; vibrant, colorful presentation; originality; and inspirational touches such as use of costumes, role play, technology, and enthusiasm of participants.

SECOLA has discouraged mischievous activity from the shore but it is not accountable for the behavior of spectators. Participants are asked to be prepared for water balloons, squirt guns, and the like, just in case.

For more information, contact Wendy at (906) 395-5329.


Fireworks will be launched over Fisher Lake in Florence, Wis. by the Florence Volunteer Fire Department at dusk on July 4.

This annual event is sponsored by donations through the fire department.


The Ninth Annual Family Fest will be held in the Goodman Township Park on Lake Hilbert on Saturday, July 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Food and beverages will be available. There will be a bucket drawing and great prizes, plus games and prizes for the kids. There will also be face paintings.

At 1 p.m. there will be a Flag Retirement Ceremony sponsored by the VFW/American Legion Auxiliary. Old, worn out flags may be brought for proper disposal.

Fireworks will be held at dusk. The fireworks display is sponsored by the Town of Goodman.

A fee of $10 per vehicle will be charged for the annual sticker for park admission.

“Please bring one non-perishable food item for donation to the local food pantry,” a spokesperson said. “Come and enjoy a fun-filled day at Lake Hilbert.”


Wausaukee’s Independence Day celebration will be held Saturday, July 5, with the parade starting at 1 p.m.

Events at Steve Stumbris Memorial Park will include a Firecracker 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m., followed by a kickball tournament, bag toss tourney with $20 entry fee and 100 percent payout for the top three prizes. Contact Jared at (715) 927-4314 for details.

There will also be a playground for children, food and beverages, and music featuring Logan Grusynski from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. followed by Rebel Grace Band from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Daze 2 Nights from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Fireworks will be held at dusk.

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