Independence Day celebrations return after being mostly derailed by pandemic – Iron Mountain Daily News


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THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE usually come out to watch the Independence Day parade in Iron Mountain and Kingsford. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)
IRON MOUNTAIN — Celebrations, parades and fireworks return this weekend after the coronavirus pandemic put a damper last year on Independence Day festivities.
Plans in area communities include:
Dolly Cook will serve as grand marshal in this year’s Iron Mountain-Kingsford Independence Day parade Saturday.
The Menominee Range Historical Foundation Promotional Committee selected Cook, who retired as Dickinson County clerk-register of deeds effective Feb. 28 after holding the position since Nov. 12, 1990. She was the longest-serving clerk by nine years in the Upper Peninsula at the time of her retirement.
“Our group is excited and honored to have Dolly represent us and the community in this year’s parade,” Parade Chairman Ashley Ellis said. “She is well-respected by the citizens after serving honorably for over three decades.”
The theme will be “Fourth of July/patriotic movies.”
The parade will step off at 9 a.m. and will use the same route as previous years. It begins on Balsam Street and Pyle Drive in Kingsford. It will proceed north and turn right onto Woodward Avenue and then left on Carpenter Avenue until it reaches H Street and turns right. The parade will end near the Midtown Mall on Stephenson Avenue in Iron Mountain.
“The date was moved to Saturday to help with the church crowd and to be able to use Sunday as a rain date,” Ellis said.
Participants will begin to line up at 6: 45 a.m. on Balsam Street in Kingsford. Ellis stressed that all entries must be preregistered before deadline.
“There will be no walk-ins allowed,” she said. “We will be following COVID guidelines to keep everyone safe.”
As in the past, Ellis asks that parade participants not throw candy or objects from their floats or vehicles. Items can be distributed by those walking the route by handing them out at curbside.
Judges will award first through third place in each parade category.
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Volunteers will again collect donations for the food pantry at First Lutheran Church. Since 2006, volunteers have been pushing shopping carts in the parade to collect unexpired, non-perishable food, personal care items, cleaning supplies and cash donations.
Those not planning to attend the parade who would still like to donate can stop by First Lutheran Church at 1210 S. Stephenson Ave. in Iron Mountain from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, or call 906-774-0133 to make other arrangements.
Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50 will host a cookout Saturday immediately after the parade at 916 River Ave., Iron Mountain. They will serve burgers, brats, hot dogs and free ice cream for the kids.
Sons of the American Legion Squadron 50 once again is organizing the annual community fireworks show set to take place at dusk Sunday from Millie Hill on Iron Mountain’s east side. No rain date will be set if inclement weather forces cancellation of Sunday’s fireworks.
The program requires a sizable budget. Although the cities of Iron Mountain and Kingsford, as well as Breitung Township, do contribute — monetarily, with manpower or both — this is not a municipally-sponsored event. A majority of the funding comes from individuals and businesses.
Iron Mountain Fire Department will be part of the fundraising efforts as they walk the Independence Day parade route Saturday with the “Fill the Boot” campaign, collecting donations in a firefighter’s boot.
Norway’s Fourth of July parade will be an afternoon event, with the Norway Volunteer Fire Department taking over the organizing. Volunteers need to be on the hill to prepare for the fireworks display in the evening, so a time adjustment had to be made.
The kiddie parade will kick off at noon Sunday, with the main parade to follow.
Participants will asked to line up at least 45 minutes early for judging. No registration is required to take part in the parade. Children are asked to line up on 10th Avenue, with the main parade entries to line up on Railroad Avenue.
The fire department will conduct the fireworks display at dusk. Before the fireworks, the Norway City Band will have a public concert.
The Hamilton Lakes Association’s annual Fourth of July boat parade starts at 1 p.m. Sunday at the east end of Lake Louise near the channel to Hamilton Lake. Participants can follow the Lake Louise shoreline, travel through the channel and circle Hamilton Lake.
The parade will conclude after the boats circle near the Hamilton Lake boat launch.
Sagola Township’s annual Independence Day parade theme will be “Freedom.” The parade will kick off down M-95 at 3 p.m. Saturday. The lineup will begin at 2 p.m. on Turner Road. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best theme, best commercial and most patriotic.
The annual community picnic will take place immediately after the parade at the Channing athletic complex. The food will be provided by the Sagola Township Sportsmen’s Club. There will be music, kids games and activities, bingo, cornhole tournament and 50-50 drawings.
Fireworks will be set off at dusk.
Felch Township fireworks will be at dusk Saturday at the community center in Felch.
The Fourth of July parade kicks off at noon Sunday, beginning at Kelly Road and running down M-69 to the Community Center. Participants are asked to line up starting at 11 a.m. on Kelly Road.
American Legion Reino Post 21 Sons of the American Legion will host a breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday. The post also will serve hot dogs and brats from noon to 4 p.m. in front of the post on Washington Avenue.
The Fourth of July parade starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, with lineup at the West Iron County High School parking lot. Participants can start registration at noon. The route goes north on Washington Avenue to Genesee Street, then west on Genesee to Seventh Avenue, where it will disband. A reviewing stand will be along Genesee Street. Parade prizes will be awarded.
A vintage aircraft flyover is scheduled for about 2: 30 p.m., weather permitting.
Fireworks presented by the West Iron County firefighters will start at dusk.
Festivities will start with the raising of the flag at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Village Circle in Alpha, followed by the Forest Park High School band’s performance.
The parade will start at 9: 30 a.m. at the Alpha Brewing Co. and run through Alpha and circle back to the brewery. Cracker Jacks and ice cream will be given out, courtesy of the Alpha-Mastodon Fire Department, after the parade.
Hot dogs and brats will be available at the Alpha Community Center. The famous Alpha Egg Toss will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Village Hall.
Entertainment begins with Gary Friestrom from 1 to 2: 30 p.m. at the Alpha Brewing Co.; Fatwood from 3 to 5 p.m. and Sons of Legend starting at 6 p.m., both at the tennis courts.
Food also will be available from 3 to 7 p.m.
Fireworks begin at dusk.
Amasa’s celebration will come after a church service at Joe Mechon Park with the raising of the flag at 10 a.m.
The kiddie parade will follow, as well as games and competitions, including a sack race, ping pong, women’s hay bale race, crosscut saw contest and a coin toss at the Amasa Museum. After the games they will hand out Cracker Jacks and ice cream.
A community picnic is planned from noon to 3 p.m. at Joe Mechon Park. A duck race is planned on the Hemlock River, hosted by the Amasa Historical Society, followed by the raffle drawing.
A community baseball game will start at 2 p.m.
The annual Hermansville Independence Day celebration is planned from 11: 15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Hermansville Lake and Park.
Festivities kick off with the kids parade at 11: 15 a.m., followed by the main parade at 11: 30 a.m. Lineup and float registration will begin at 10 a.m. on Earle and IXL drives, with the kids parade to line up at Park and Main streets.
Awards include 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. There also will be prizes given to all children in the parade. Prizes will be awarded at the park.
There will be food, refreshments, music and games at the park.
Live music will be provided The Descendants and Runaway Train.
The ACA slides and bounce house will be open from noon to 6 p.m. for kids.
Registration for the annual Hermansville Classic Car show next to the IXL Historical Museum will be 8 to 11 a.m., with judging from 11: 30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The IXL Historical Museum will be open from noon to 4 p.m. and the Vietnam Veterans Museum will be open from 8: 30 to 11: 30 a.m.
Registration for the Hermansville Mud Bogs will be 8 to 11 a.m. Entry fee is $20 for stocks and $30 for mods. Runs begin at noon. For more information, call 906-368-0568.
The fireworks will start at dusk.
The parade is sponsored by the Hermansville Rescue Squad, with the park festivities sponsored by the William Anderson Sport and Recreation Club.
The Powers-Spalding Independence Day celebration is set for Sunday.
The annual “patriotic” parade will step off at 10: 30 a.m. Participants can register at 9: 30 a.m. at the Lions Club building on Old Highway 41. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best floats.
After the parade, festivities continue at the Veterans Memorial Park in Powers, with food, refreshments, live music and games.
Truck pulls will begin at noon; registration is at 10: 30 a.m.
A fishing derby, sponsored by the Normenco Sportsmen’s Club, starts at 1 p.m.
The festivities are sponsored by the Powers-Spalding Lions Club and Tony Revord American Legion Post 244 and Sons of the American Legion Post 244.
A fireworks display is planned at dusk Saturday at the Spread Eagle Chain of Lakes in Spread Eagle.
The Spread Eagle Chain of Lakes Association will sponsor their annual boat parade at 1 p.m. Sunday, with the theme of “Your Favorite Music Group.”
The Badwater Ski-Ters will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday at Vagabond Park.
Fireworks over Fisher Lake, presented by the Florence Volunteer Fire Department, will begin at dusk Sunday.
The Fence Community Veterans will host its pavilion grand opening at 11 a.m. Saturday at 7207 Morgan Lake Road in Fence, next to the Fence Post Store.
After the opening ceremony, they will have food, raffles and music.
All are welcome to attend.
The annual Long Lake Fire EMS Parade and Picnic takes place Saturday at the Long Lake Fire Hall, 3343 Highway 139 in Long Lake, Wis.
Parade lineup will be 11 a.m. in the mill parking lot. The parade will kick off at noon along Highway 139 from the mill on the south end of town to the outlet on the northside of town. Everyone is welcome.
After the parade, the event continues with drawings, games, and many other activities.
Food and beverages will be sold. Musical entertainment will be provided throughout the afternoon. They also will have 50-50 drawings, meat drawings and prize boards.
All proceeds from the parade and picnic support Long Lake Fire EMS.
Goodman Fire Department will host its annual Fourth of July dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at the Goodman Fire Hall, 506 Mill St. Music will be provided by DJ Seismic of Audion Entertainment.
The dance will offer food, refreshments and raffles. No carry-ins are allowed. Admission is free.
All proceeds go toward needed emergency equipment.
Fireworks will be at dusk Friday over Mill Pond from the Industrial Park.
The Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine Fourth of July celebration will include a variety of activities throughout the community Sunday.
The public can enjoy beverages on the patio at Paris in Pembine. A Garden Art Walk will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pike River Studio.
Karaoke will start at 3 p.m. at the Silver Dollar. The Winters Family Restaurant will host a cookout along with music starting at 6 p.m.
Fireworks are planned at 9: 15 p.m. from Precision Lumber in Pembine, Wis.
Wausaukee’s annual Independence Day Celebration is planned Saturday at the Marinette County Fairgrounds in Wausaukee.
The parade begins at 1 p.m. down Main Street.
Events throughout the day at the fairgrounds include a craft/vendor show starting at 9 a.m.; horse show at 11 a.m.; live music at 2 p.m. and UTV/ATV Mud Drag Races at 3 p.m.
Food and beverages will be available. They also will have an air bounce structure.
Fireworks will begin at dusk from Stumbris Park.
Festivities for the Fourth of July holiday in Crivitz kick off with the flag raising and national anthem at 11: 30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial. The parade will step off at noon in downtown Crivitz.
Activities will continue at the Crivitz Community Veterans Park, with balloon twisting and magic, dunk tank, bouncy houses, flea and farmers market vendors and music. Food and beverages are available.
The fireworks are at 9: 30 p.m.

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