4th of July, Pure Michigan Style Tuesday, June 28, 2016

March 13, 2017

The 4th of July is right around the corner and that means most people in Michigan will be celebrating our nations independence with lots of grilled food and some fireworks! For the next week, cities all over our great state will be having events for everyone to enjoy. Please share what events you might be attending that people may not know about and if there is a cost. I will list a few of the top events happening around our great state!

Mackinac Island's Star Spangled Fourth of July-7/4/2016 - 7/5/2016        

Celebrate America's Independence on Mackinac Island. Patriotic fun in oh so many ways ... visit Fort Mackinac for the 38 Gun Salute, Soldier demonstrations, dancing, canon firing and more from one of the only two remaining all original Revolutionary War Forts in America. Then feast at the All American Picnic at Fort Mackinac catered by Grand Hotel. Mackinac Island's Fire Department is the host to the Fun & Games at Windermere Point.

The Annual Fourth of July Fireworks start at dusk, which is usually between 9:30pm-10pm. Most bring blankets to stretch out on the shoreline, others bring folding chairs to watch from the school yard and guests of Grand Hotel may watch from the longest porch in the world.

National Cherry Festival-Traverse City-7/2/2016 - 7/9/2016

The National Cherry Festival is the oldest and biggest festival in the

Traverse City area. Featuring over 150 activities including air shows,

fireworks, pie eating contests, concerts and lots of cherries!

Fort Wilkins 1870: A Living History Experience-Copper Harbor-6/18/2016 - 8/19/2016

Time-travel to summer 1870, as costumed interpreters portray the daily life of men and women stationed at Fort Wilkins.

You'll meet Private Jonathan Holmes, post laundress Kate Holmes, Second Lieutenant Richard Mueller and his wife Juliette, and Quartermaster Sergeant Patrick O'Neillcharacters based on actual members of the 1870 garrison. These portrayals, including the characters' attitudes, opinions and the smallest bit of gossip, are based on extensive historical research.

On select days, the living history experience deepens as members of the Future Historians join adult re-enactors to portray actual girls and boys who lived in Fort Wilkins and Copper Harbor in 1870. They perform daily chores, play historic games and talk to visitors about life at this remote outpost.

This presentation is free of charge.