By LISA M. REED
IRON MOUNTAIN - Independence Day will be celebrated throughout the area with community parades, picnics and fireworks planned for either Thursday or Saturday.
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Connor Kaad of Kingsford waves the American Flag while participating in the annual Ford Addition Parade Tuesday night on Cass Avenue in Kingsford. The neighborhood tradition has been held for the past 54 years.
Iron Mountain-Kingsford's Independence Day parade will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday. The parade will follow the same route as past years.
The parade starts at Balsam Street, proceeding north to Woodward Avenue, then east to Carpenter Avenue, north to H Street, and east on H Street to Midtown Mall.
The theme for this year's parade is Celebrate! Let the Sound of Freedom Ring Strong and True Forever New.
Americans for Constitutional Enforcement (ACE), the parade organizers, will honor all veterans this year with a fly-over of three World War II vintage airplanes. There will be three passes over the line-up.
This year's grand marshal is Rita Nocerini, a Vietnam-era veteran who will turn 73 in October.
Nocerini grew up in Iron River and now lives in Iron Mountain.
Sara Schaut, granddaughter of Fran Schaut of Aurora, Wis. and Dorothy Hendrickson of Iron Mountain, will be this year's youngest-born on the Fourth of July.
Schaut, the daughter of Dan and Sharon Schaut, is from Salt Lake City, Utah, and in town visiting her grandparents.
ACE President Diana Miller said parade organizers are still seeking the oldest-born on the Fourth of July, convertibles and drivers, salutes for a special citizen and a special veteran, along with young people to help out the ACE group.
Prize donations are also being accepted.
Call Miller at 774-7810 or 396-7810 or Diane at 774-3310.
If the weather is stormy and the planes are unable to fly, money that was raised for the fly-over will remain in the bank to cover the cost to bring the planes to the area next year, Miller said.
The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 50 is again organizing the annual community fireworks to be held on Thursday from Millie Hill.
"Last year's event was a great success and was appreciated by the community," said Fireworks Committee Chairman Michael Laydon. "This year's show has been redesigned to include a larger volume and variety of shells, which will make it even more spectacular than last year's. We are able to present such a show only with the support from the local community, including businesses and private citizens. Accordingly, we hope that you find it appropriate to make a donation in support of this year's Fourth of July fireworks event. We would truly appreciate whatever amount you can give," he said.
Again this year, the Iron Mountain Fire Department will be part of the fund-raising efforts as they will be walking the Independence Day parade route with a "fill the boot campaign."
Also, checks can be made payable to "SAL 2013 Fireworks Fund" and mailed to: SAL 2013 Fireworks Fund, P.O. Box 1046, Iron Mountain MI 49801.
To arrange for a donation pickup, call 774-5357.
"Thank you for your past and current support. Enjoy the show and please, be safe," Laydon said.
Rain date for the fireworks is Friday, July 5.
The city of Norway will celebrate the Fourth of July on Thursday 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 563-5746.
There will be no parking on Main Street during the parade.
The Norway Volunteer Fire Department will light off fireworks at dusk from Norway Hill.
The West Iron County Fourth of July program will begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday on the west side of the West Iron High School.
The West Side Veterans Council is dedicating the parade to the Afghanistan veterans and families of the local Michigan Army National Guard 1433rd Engineering Unit.
Members of the auxiliary units of the Legion Posts No. 17 (Iron River) and No. 21 (Old Stambaugh), as well as VFW Post No. 3134 will be on hand to help with registration. Parade units will form on the south side parking area of the WIC High School.
The parade committee requests all units use the street between the school and Kermit's Bar as the main entrance to the parking lot.
The parade will leave the WIC High School at 10 a.m. with mass colors of the veterans organizations, proceed through Old Stambaugh, down Stambaugh Hill to U.S. 2, left to Genesee Street through Iron River to Fifth Street where the parade will disband.
Anticipated units will include the Michigan National Guard, U.S. Veterans, Boys and Girls Scouts Units, antique vehicles, decorated floats, bicycles, area fire departments and local organizations and businesses.
Following the parade, veterans riding on the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam floats will be dropped off and await pickup at the Iron County Armory.
Due to ever-increasing costs for fireworks and insurance, WIC students will canvass the crowd to solicit donations to cover the cost of the parade and fireworks.
The parade announcer will be announced the day of the parade.
Prizes will be awarded for the parade in all categories - the same as last year with adult and youth organizations, commercial, individual organization or groups, antique vehicles and tractors, individual decorated bikes, individual horse and saddle clubs.
Everyone is urged to enter their unit in the Fourth of July parade to show their patriotism.
Following the parade, there will be games and free ice cream for all children at the WIC Fire Department station on Ninth Street in Iron River, sponsored by the WIC Volunteer Firemen.
Fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. on the night of July 4 under the supervision of WIC Fire Chief Alfred Perlongo and his volunteer firemen.
If there is inclement weather, fireworks will be at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 5.
This year, the Fourth of July parade will be dedicated to the Afghanistan Veterans and their families of the local Michigan Guard 1443rd Engineering Unit.
Everyone in the community is encouraged to come and support local national guardsmen and their families for their sacrifices.
To make a donation to help offset the ever-increasing cost of fireworks, send a check to West Side Veterans Council, P.O. Box 433, Iron River, MI 49935 or leave a donation with any of the veterans organizations.
The annual Fourth of July Boat Parade at Hamilton Lakes is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday.
Those participating are asked to meet on the west end of Lake Louise 15 minutes prior for a line-up.
All boats and personal watercraft are encouraged to participate.
The event is sponsored by the Hamilton Lake Association. For more information, contact Marty Straka at 563-5826.
Hermansville's huge July 4 celebration is planned for Saturday at Hermansville Lake & Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Line-up and registration begins at 9 a.m. on Earle Drive at Stewart Manufacturing's driveway.
Float prizes are $200, $150, $75 and $50.
Antique car prizes are $50 and $25. Classic car prizes are $50 and $25. Best decorated ORV's are $25 and $15; and the two best decorated bicycles, $10 each.
Prizes are awarded for all children entering the parade. Prizes are awarded at the park immediately following the parade. Games for all ages starts after the parade.
The 13th Annual Hermansville Car Club show, held next to the IXL Historical Museum, will start at 8 a.m. with registration. Judging will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Live music will feature Hot Rod Express, and Norton & Chartier beginning at 2 p.m.
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Floriano-Stecker American Legion Post No. 340 of Hermansville will provide a food and refreshment stand at Hermansville Park & Lake as part of the community celebration. Pasties, hot dogs, pop, barbecue and water will be sold.
During the Ladies Auxiliary convention held at the Menominee-American Legion Post 146 on June 15, the auxiliary was recognized and honored for reaching its membership goals. The ladies are proud of this achievement.
Area fire departments will have water fights.
Also on the grounds will be a fireman's competition, children's games and the Abracadabra Bounce House.
Two museums, the IXL Historical Museum and the Vietnam Veterans Museum will be open.
Ring the Bell will be available for the NCA Scholarship fund.
The day's events are sponsored by the Floriano-Stecker American Legion Post No. 340 and William Anderson Sport and Recreation Club, whose members have worked together for nearly 40 years promoting the annual July 4 celebration.
Evening fireworks are sponsored by the Meyer Township Volunteer Fire Department.
No carry-ins allowed.
Fourth of July activities will be held in Felch on Thursday. The parade starts at noon and will follow the usual parade route.
Staging starts at 11 a.m. on Kelly Road. Participants will come out onto M-69 and travel west from Kelly's Road to the Community Center.
After the parade, the annual fireman's softball game will be held at the small baseball diamond when the Breen Fire Department makes its annual attempt to unseat the champion Felch Team.
Kids games will be held on the community center grounds.
At dark, there will be the annual fireworks show.
Town officials said the show that is put on is one of the area's best kept secrets.
"It promises to be a fantastic fireworks display," an organizer said.
A reminder to those who come to the fireworks show: the use of personal fireworks is prohibited on the Township Community Center property.
Anyone who fails to observe the prohibition will be asked to leave and may be issued a citation, officials said.
Independence Day festivities in Sagola will be held on Saturday. Festivities kick off with a parade at 2 p.m.
This year's parade theme is TV shows, which includes game shows and sitcoms.
Prizes will be awarded for most patriotic, commercial and best theme.
Line-up for the parade is on Turner Road. Participants should line up before the start of the parade.
Food and beverages will be provided at the annual baseball game held at the Channing baseball field.
The Sagola Volunteer Fire Department will serve brats, burgers, hot dogs, soda, beer, and wine coolers.
The Sagola Township Sportsman's Club will provide corn on the cob and french fries.
Local band, North of Nowhere, which consists of local North Dickinson County School students/graduates, will perform from 3 p.m. until the start of the fireworks.
Fireworks will be lit off at dusk.
The Powers-Spalding Independence Day Celebration will be held on Friday at Veterans Memorial Park in Powers following the parade that kicks off at 5 p.m.
Food, refreshments, volleyball, basketball, a horse show and kids games will be provided.
For the kids, there will be rides by AbraCadabra and a fishing derby starting at 6:30 p.m.
Festivities at the park start at 6 p.m. and music by Oz (former members of Feed and Rockslide) run until midnight.
Rides home from the park are available.
The event is sponsored by the Powers-Spalding Lions Club.
A flag-raising ceremony near the Village Hall will kick off the Fourth of July program in Alpha at 9 a.m. The Alpha-Mastodon Fire Department raises the flag as the Forest Park Marching Band plays.
Then at 9:30 a.m., the parade starts. Top prizes go to the best-trimmed bikes and best costumes.
Free ice cream cones and Crackerjack are available after the parade. Concessions, brats, hot dogs, soda, and beer will be available at the pavilion, located in the park north of Village Hall.
A pasty sale and pie social will also be held at the Alpha Senior Center, starting at 9 a.m.
Forest Park's Pom Danz Team will hold a bake sale.
A coin scramble will be held at the pavilion at 11 a.m., kids races (wheelbarrow, sack, three-legged and egg races) at 1 p.m., and egg toss for those 12 and over at 3:30 p.m.
Cash prizes go to the winners.
The winners of the Los Vegas vacation for two and $1,000 cash, and four other cash prizes, will be drawn at 11 a.m. and noon at the pavilion. Tickets are $20 each. Funds raised will be used for the Alpha village and fire department centennials in 2014.
Two bands, Crossroads and Stager, will perform at the pavilion in the afternoon.
The Alpha Museum will hold an open house from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A fireworks display, hosted by the Alpha-Mastodon Fire Department's trained and certified pyrotechnics team, will be held at dusk.
Fourth of July events start at 9 a.m. Thursday with a community hymn sing at Grace United Methodist Church.
The festivities at the downtown park start at 10 a.m., beginning with the flag-raising ceremony. After that, it's the children's parade and games.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a rummage sale will be held on the church lawn.
At 11:30 a.m., there will be a duck race to raise funds for Amasa's 125th birthday celebration in 2016.
At noon, lunch will be served at the fire hall. Food, beverages, ice cream and Crackerjack, are being sponsored by the Amasa Historical Society and the Hematite Township Fire Department.
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.
SPREAD EAGLE, Wis.
A special Badwater Ski-Ters show will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 9 p.m. There is no show Sunday. Shows are held rain or shine on the shores of Badwater Lake at Vagabond Park off U.S. 2 in Spread Eagle, Wis. Admission is free.
Fireworks will be launched over Fisher Lake in Florence, Wis., by the Florence Fire Department at dusk on Thursday.
The huge 7th Annual Family Fest will be held at the Goodman Township Park on Lake Hilbert on Saturday.
A flag retirement ceremony will be presented by the VFW and American Legion Auxiliary at 1 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring their worn out flags.
Hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, nachos and cheese, walking tacos, beer, soda and water will be served.
Bucket drawing with great prizes, games and face paintings for kids are part of the festivities.
Fireworks, sponsored by the town of Goodman, will begin at dusk.
An annual sticker for the Goodman Park is $10 per vehicle.
Those attending are asked to bring non-perishable food item for donation to the local food pantry.
The Goodman Fire Department will hold its annual Independence Day Street Dance on Friday at the Goodman Fire Hall from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Music will be provided by Duct Tape (C'est La Vie).
Admission is free. There will be food, drawings and refreshments throughout the evening. No carry ins allowed. All proceeds go toward needed equipment.
Anybody wishing to donate drawing prizes can contact Mike at (715) 336-2786.
The Wausaukee Fourth of July celebration will be on Saturday, July 6 with a parade beginning at 1 p.m. behind Bank North.
North Country Kickers and John Guarisco DJ will perform from noon to 5 p.m.
Darryll's Trout Pond, Legion Beer Garden, Wausaukee Lions food booth and numerous crafters and vendors are also part of the festivities.
The annual Wausaukee Independence Day Celebration and Firecracker 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday.
The 5K run/walk is at 8 a.m. and the parade starts at 1 p.m.
Youth baseball bouncers, playground, meat raffle, food and beverages will be provided at the Steven Stumbris Memorial park on Fairgrounds Road. Music will feature Logan Gruszynski from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Daze 2 Nites from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Fireworks at dusk.
A Big Independence Day Event in Crivitz will be celebrated on Thursday. The legion parade starts at 11 a.m.
To enter a float in the parade or for more information, contact Claire Bolander at (715) 854-2676.
Other events will be held at Community Veterans Park. At John Shaffer Pavilion, there will be food by VFW Post 2063, beverages and DJ music by Legion, and free horse drawn wagon rides and bouncy houses.
A flea market downtown is being held all day.
At 10 p.m., fireworks will be provided with snacks and light refreshments at John Shaffer Pavilion, sponsored by the Crivitz-Stephenson Historical Society. Fireworks are launched from Spur Street (east of park) by Spielbauer Fireworks and can be seen from park.
Rain date is Saturday.
Approximately 140 campers and 130 staff of Bay Cliff Health Camp will dress up in costumes and participate in the annual Bay Cliff Fourth of July Parade.
The annual event draws spectators from the entire Upper Peninsula.
The parade begins at 3:30 p.m. (Eastern time) at the entrance gate of Bay Cliff Health Camp and will proceed along the main streets of Big Bay. Special groups from the Big Bay area will join in and follow campers in the parade.
The Fourth of July is a special day, both for campers and staff at Bay Cliff, as well as for the residents of Big Bay.
Children who attend Bay Cliff receive therapy for physical, occupational, speech, hearing and vision impairments. They range in age from three to 17.
Lisa M. Reed's e-mail address is email@example.com.