MARQUETTE – America’s Independence will be celebrated in a number of local communities in the coming week:


The Marquette County Exchange Club’s 28th annual International Food Fest is set for Wednesday through Friday in Ellwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park, with fireworks set for dusk on Thursday.

The fest, featuring Chinese, Italian, Thai, Mexican, Cajun and American food, will go from noon to 10:30 p.m. each day.

Live entertainment will be offered for free.

Wednesday, The Derrell Syria Project will perform from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Eclettico from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; Eddie and the Bluesers from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and Trailer Hitch from 8 to 10 p.m.

Thursday, it’s Chris Valenti from noon to 1 p.m.; Michael Waite from 1 to 2 p.m.; a break for the parade from 2 to 4 p.m.; Jim and Ray from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; the Marquette City Band from 6 to 7 p.m.; and the Flat Broke Blues Band from 7:30 to 10 p.m., with fireworks commencing at dusk.

Friday, the Sunny FM Texaco Country Showdown is slated from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; The Sass Captains from 4 to 5;30 p.m.; Jackpine from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and Say What? from 8 to 10 p.m.

There will be a children’s game tent operated by St. Peter Cathedral and Abracadabra Arcade Jumps, which are new this year.

The club donates all net proceeds to non-profit groups, with more than $750,000 given back so far through the years.

The Marquette Noon Kiwanis sponsors the Marquette Fourth of July parade, with a salute to the red, white and blue this year, and the Marquette Board of Light and Power as the grand marshalls.

The parade starts at 2 p.m. at the corner of Washington Street and McClellan Avenue and follows Washington to Third Street, where it ends at the Rock Street intersection.


Independence Day celebrations in Ishpeming start Monday with the start of both the 34th annual Ishpeming Alumni Softball Tournament and the 13th annual Westwood Alumni Softball Tournament. Each continues through Thursday.

Wednesday, Ishpeming’s Festival of Treasures takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. downtown, with an Alumni Open House in the Ishpeming High School Gymnasium from 9 a.m. to noon. The Blue Notes will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. downtown.

Thursday, the Firecracker 5K Race/1 Mile Walk starts at Al Quaal Recreation Area. A flag raising ceremony and 21-gun salute is set for 9:30 a.m. in Memorial Park near the post office, with a kids parade to start at 10 a.m.

Ishpeming’s Fourth of July Parade – with the theme Honoring and Welcoming Home Our Vietnam and Korean War Veterans – starts at 10:30 a.m. with the route being: South on Third Street at Empire Street to Cleveland Avenue; west on Cleveland Avenue to Main Street; south on Main Street to Division Street; and east on Division Street to Fourth Street.

At noon, the Community Picnic begins at Al Quaal Recreation Area, with food, games, pony rides and much more planned. A gathering for all veterans, families and guests at the pavilion at Al Quaal is set at 6 p.m., following bingo.

Music will be provided by The Slamtones from 2 to 6 p.m. and by Black Pearl from 6 to 9 p.m.

Fireworks will light up the skies over the Al Quaal Recreation Area starting at dusk.

On Friday, the Ishpeming 4th of July Golf Outing takes place at Wawonowin Country Club.

Events are sponsored by the Ishpeming 4th of July Committee Inc.


The Michigamme-Spurr 4th of July Committee has announced its holiday plans.

Wednesday, the concession stand will open at 5 p.m. in the Michigamme Township Park. Music by The Slamtones begins at 7 p.m., with fireworks to be launched at dusk.

Thursday, the Fourth of July parade begins at 11 a.m. and will travel down Main Street in Michigamme. The theme this year is In a Land of Fun & Sun, Michigamme’s 4th is Number One.

Fun, food and games will immediately follow at the Michigamme Township Park.


Van Riper State Park in Champion has planned a Fourth of July Celebration from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. A bike parade, balloon toss, minnow races and more are planned. For more information, call the park at 339-4461.


Alger County Fourth of July Past and Present will be celebrated in Munising Tuesday and Thursday in Munising.

Tuesday, the Firecracker 2-Blocker is set at 5 p.m., with the lineup at the corner of Cedar and Varnum.

Then Thursday, events kick off with a Fun Run at Bayshore Park at 8:30 a.m.; flag raising at 10 a.m. at the All Veterans Memorial; and the parade at 12:30 p.m. starting at the corner of Varnum and Birch streets.

Starting at 2 p.m., a plethora of family-friendly activities are planned at Bayshore Park, with the fireworks set to start at dark.

For the fireworks, the Alger County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a cruise. There will be two options available: a boat with country music or a boat with classic rock. Tickets are limited, $15 each and available at either the Fuzzy Boyak Welcome Center, 129 E. Munising Ave., Munising or by calling (906) 387-2138 with a credit card. Tickets are non-refundable.

For more information, visit www.algercounty.org.


The Fourth of July celebration in Grand Marais starts with parade line up at the Community Center at noon Thursday, with the parade itself starting at 1 p.m.

A firemen’s challenge is planned at 2:30 p.m., with kids games at 3 p.m. and a street dance at 7 p.m. with music by DJ Eddie Nyman. Fireworks over the bay start at dusk Thursday.


Some 140 campers and 130 staff members will be part of the Independence Day Parade in Big Bay sponsored by Bay Cliff Health Camp.

The parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, starting at the camp’s entrance, proceeding along the main streets of Big Bay. Special groups from the Big Bay area will join in and follow the campers in the parade.

Everyone is invited to take part in this year’s parade which has the theme “Bay Cliff Celebrates 80 Years of Health.”

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is rprusi@miningjournal.net.