Birthday Parade: Copper Country celebrates Fourth

Vanessa Dietz/Daily Mining Gazette Families took part in the children’s portion of the Fourth of July parade in South Range Tuesday.

SOUTH RANGE — Portraying a swath of patriotic colors, families and friends lined up to watch the Fourth of July parade Tuesday in South Range.

A children’s parade was included in the main parade, with each participant netting $5 for decorating a bike, scooter or stroller in holiday colors.

Youngsters not in the parade enjoyed the event from the sidelines, eagerly snatching up candy tossed their way.

Several businesses took part of the parade, like Elo’s Kurt’s Korner, periodically crackling off multi-colored confetti as it moved down the street, and Somero Enterprises, tossing red, white and blue beach balls into the open arms of people lining the parade route.

The Jeffers High School Marching Band played the “Star Spangled Banner” and other holiday tunes, marching down the street ahead of the 50th class reunion float of Jeffers Class of 1967. The Jeffers Class of 1982 also had a float, in addition to the 2018 Dollar Bay-Tamarack City seniors.

Vanessa Dietz/Daily Mining Gazette A man hands candy he collected off the street to the mother of children watching the Fourth of July parade in South Range Tuesday, as a ladder truck from the City of Houghton Fire Department approaches.

Before and after the parade, tours of the Copper Range Historical Museum and the Keweenaw Brewing Co. (KBC) were open to all.

The KBC tours included samples, slaking thirsts in the mostly sunny, 80-degree weather that prevailed on Independence Day.

Paul Peterson/ For the Gazette Right photo: Uncle Sam greets a canine well-wisher riding in a float in the Tapiola parade on Tuesday.