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Independence Day celebrations in the western Upper Peninsula offer plenty of fireworks, parades and other events to mark the birth of the nation.

The highlight for many will be fireworks displays set for dusk in many communities during Fourth of July festivities.

White Pine will have fireworks and more Saturday, while Lake Linden celebrates with fireworks Sunday at the village park on M-26. On Monday in Baraga, fireworks will be over Keweenaw Bay as part of the Lumberjack Days. South Range, Copper Harbor and Lake Linden also have fireworks Monday.

In South Range on Monday, there will be a flag raising at the Community Building at 8 a.m., Wide Eyed Gallery open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., woodcarving expo on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and activities in the Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Copper Harbor’s Independence Day celebration includes the annual parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Kids games and a cookout by the Copper Harbor Volunteer Fire Department begin at noon in the Township Park. People can also join the Fort Wilkins Historic State Park role players in Copper Harbor at 2 p.m. Monday, in the reading of the Declaration of Independence on the fort parade grounds by the flag pole.

On Sunday, enjoy live music by Outlaw’d in the Lake Linden Village Park, with food and refreshments available throughout the evening. On Monday, a Lions Club pancake breakfast will be at the elementary school at 7:30, while the Grand Patriotic Parade starts at 9:30 at the high school.

Live music, kids games and bouncy houses are scheduled after the parade, with races in the Village Park 1:15 p.m., Grand Stand Contests 2 p.m. and a decorated bicycle parade at 6:30 p.m. The annual street dance with music by Hozz will be at the Lakes Lounge from 6 to 10 p.m.

The 35th annual parade in Gay starts at 2 p.m. Monday. The Fire Department will be selling raffle tickets.

Twin Lakes State Park will have a boat parade Sunday and a children’s parade through the campground Monday, followed by free hotdogs, pop, chips and ice cream. Decorated bikes, wagons and strollers are featured at the event. Each child can receive a prize by calling 288-3321 in advance.

Dollar Bay celebrates Sunday and Monday with a refreshment stand at the Fire Hall at 6 p.m. and street dance with Cheap Therapy at Pioneer Park.

In Ahmeek, a bicycle parade at 11 a.m. Sunday kicks off a day of activities and concessions at the park, including children’s games, penny toss, watermelon eating contest, raffle drawing, bingo, food and refreshments.

Tapiola will have its first-ever Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m. Monday, with refreshments to follow at the Doelle Senior Center.

The Eagle Harbor parade is at 9:30 a.m. with festivities in the park afterwards.

In Gay, a bazaar, rummage sale, raffle and social hour will be Sunday at the Gay Community Hall from noon to 3 p.m. The Gay Fire Department will serve hot dogs and refreshments on the Gay school grounds from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

There will be a children’s bike parade at 10 a.m. and food and refreshments in the Allouez Township Park from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Games for children will start at 10:30 a.m.

Take a Red Jacket Trolley Coach Sunday to visit historical sites in Atlantic Mine, after parade in South Range, or tour Keweenaw National Historical Park sites in the Houghton or Calumet area.


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