Boyne’s Fourth of July celebrations

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Boyne City’s Fourth of July celebration will begin at 6:30 a.m. with the 39th Annual Independence Day Race and continues with events throughout the day all the way up to 10:30 p.m. for the grand finale of fireworks.

“It’s probably the most fun day of the year in Boyne City,” said Jim Baumann, Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “You’ve got stuff going on all day long and there’s so many people—probably 10 or 12 thousand people are crammed into town during the parade—it’s just a lot of fun.”

And, city officials say the new park located at 475 North Lake St. will be open for the display of fireworks.

All of Boyne City’s July 4 holiday events occur at Veterans Memorial Park in Boyne City on Lake Street unless otherwise noted

Friday, July 3

• 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. – “Bouncers and More” Inflatable Alley – For all ages

• 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – 39th Annual Waterside Arts & Crafts Show – Veterans Park

• 1-3 p.m. – All-Class Reunion for Boyne City Schools, Veterans Park.

• 1 p.m. – Soap Box Derby School – Required of all kids who want to participate in the Soap Box Derby at 2 p.m. the next day. This will to ensure that drivers have the proper skills to operate the derby car. On Pine Street between Park & East Streets. Info: 248-410-3632. Rules and registration form.

• 5-6 p.m. – Early registration and packet pick-up for 39th Annual Independence Day Run Race, behind the Chamber of Commerce, 28 S. Lake St.

• 6 to 9 p.m. – Stroll the Streets, musicians performing all over downtown Boyne City.

Saturday, July 4th

• 6:30-7:15 a.m. – 39th Annual Indepence Day Run Race Registration – behind Chamber building, 28 S. Lake St.

• 7-10 a.m. – Eagles Breakfast at Eagles Hall, 106 River St.

• 7:30 a.m – 39th annual Independence Day Run – 2-mile and 10k races along the edge of Lake Charlevoix

• 8:30 a.m. Parade registration & lineup at Water Works building on Division Street

• 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Bouncers & More Inflatable Alley – For all ages and sizes

• 9-9:15 a.m. Children’s Bike & Costume lineup at Early Childhood Development Center playground, corner of Main and Park Streets: judging at 9:30

• 9:30 a.m. Pre-parade entertainment and Eta Nu Clowns – Downtown

• The Boyne River Duck Race

10 a.m.- 5 p.m. 38th Annual Waterside Arts & Craft Show

• 10 a.m. – GRAND PARADE* on Water Street and Lake Street. Begins at corner of East and Water Streets, proceeds west on Water Street to Lake Street, then north on Lake, ending at Family Fare (Formerly Glen’s Market)

• 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Charlevoix Area Hospital/Boyne Area Medical Center First Aid Station, North Lake Street next to the river.

• 10 a.m. – Boyne Valley Garden Club Pie Sale

• 11 a.m. – Boyne City Rotary Club Chicken Barbecue

• 11:30 a.m. Kiwanis/Family Fare Supermarket Children’s Pie-Eating Contest – Veterans Park

• Noon – 2 p.m. Kiwanis Children’s Games – Veterans Park

• 1- 7p.m. Bands in Veterans Park

• 1 p.m. Northern Nights, 3 p.m. The Cookies, 5 p.m. TNT

• 2 p.m. – Commemorative Raft Race in the Boyne River

• 2 -4 p.m. – Soap Box Derby, Park Street at Cedar Street – contestants must first pre-register and attend Derby School at 1 p.m. July 3

• 2:30 p.m. – Boyne Chamber’s 26th Annual Duck Race in the Boyne River – Chance to win $1,000, $250, $100, and seven $50 prizes. Purchase $10 tickets at Chamber office.

• 10:30 p.m. – FIREWORKS over Lake Charlevoix

Sunday, July 5

• 10:30 p.m. – Rain date for fireworks

—Special Notes—

• Reminder: Dogs are not allowed in city parks during festivals/special events.

• Handicapped parking available during the parade on Park Street between Ace Hardware and Pat O’Brien Real Estate and behind Park View Family Dentistry, corner of State and Lake streets.