The area’s biggest Fourth of July celebration always occurs in Boyne City.
This year’s four-day celebration is no exception.
“The amazing thing about our 4th of July celebration is that there’s so much to do,” said Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Baumann. “Because the holiday is on Monday, this year, there are four days of fun and games.”
Friday it starts with Stroll the Streets and because there wasn’t anything planned for Saturday, the Boyne City Fourth of July Festival committee hired the Big Boss Blues Band from Kalamazoo to play at 8 p.m. in Sunset Park.
Then, it starts big time on Sunday with the craft fair and bouncers and inflatables in Veterans Park all day long.
On Monday, it starts with 1,000 runners in two races, followed by the parade, food and games in the park, live music all afternoon, and of course the raft race, duck race and Soap Box Derby.
Also this year, the Horton Bay Parade makes a comeback after an 8-year hiatus at 1 p.m. on July 4th.
“Something that we should all be thankful for is that there is a great committee that puts it all together each year,” said Baumann. “It’s a huge effort, but everyone has their job, and it works beautifully. Many communities struggle to raise money for fireworks, but our committee makes it happen. Local citizens and businesses donate big bucks to make it happen, and the race entry fees contribute a lot to the fireworks as well.
All events at Veterans Memorial Park on Lake Street unless otherwise noted.
www.boyne4thofjuly.com has links to registration forms
Friday, July 1
6 – 9 p.m. – Stroll the Streets, free live music and entertainment all over downtown Boyne City
Saturday, July 2
8 p.m. – Big Boss Blues Band from Kalamazoo will perform in Sunset Park behind the Chamber office. Rain location is the Performing Arts Center at Boyne City High School.
Sunday, July 3
10 a.m.- 9 p.m. – “Bouncers and More” Inflatable Alley
10 a.m.-5 p.m. – 40th 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. Monday. This will ensure that drivers have the proper skills to operate the derby car. On Pine Street between Park & East Streets. Info: 248-410-3632.
2 p.m. – Free concert, southern gospel trio The Taylors at Boyne City High School Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by Horton Bay United Methodist Church.
5-6 p.m. – Early registration and packet pick-up for 40th Annual Independence Day Run Race, behind the Chamber of Commerce, 28 S. Lake St.
Monday, July 4th
6:30-7:15 a.m. – 40th Annual Independence Day Run Race Registration – behind Chamber building, 28 S. Lake St.
7-10 a.m. – Breakfast at Eagles Hall, 106 River St.
7:30 a.m. – 40th annual Independence Day Run – 2-mile and 10k races along the edge of Lake Charlevoix
8:30 a.m. Parade registration & lineup the intersection of Franklin and Park Streets. NEW LOCATION!
9 a.m.-7 p.m. Bouncers & More Inflatable Alley
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Eagles Auxiliary selling hot dogs, bratwurst and 4th of July trinkets at the Eagles Hall, 106 River St.
9-9:15 a.m. – Children’s Bike & Costume lineup at Early Education playground, corner of Main and Park Streets: judging at 9:30 sharp
9:30 a.m. – Pre-parade entertainment and Eta Nu Clowns – Downtown
10 a.m.- 5 p.m. – 39th 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 Supermarket. Parade theme is “Rock ‘N’ Roll.”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Munson Health Care/Boyne Area Health 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
1 p.m. Horton Bay Parade returns
1-7p.m. Live music in Veterans Park:
1 p.m. – Northern Nites
3 p.m. – Yankee Station
5 p.m. – TNT
2 p.m. – Commemorative Raft Race, 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. Sunday, July 3.
2:30 p.m. – Boyne Chamber’s 28th Annual Duck Race in the Boyne River – chance to win $1,000, $250, $100, and seven $50 prizes. Purchase $10 tickets at Chamber office, 28 S. Lake St.
10:30 p.m. – FIREWORKS over Lake Charlevoix. Rain date is Tuesday.
Reminder: Dogs are not allowed in city parks during festivals/special events.
*Handicapped parking available during the parade on Park Street between Boyne City Hardware and Pat O’Brien Real Estate and behind Park View Family Dentistry, corner of State and Lake streets.