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July 4th Up North

July 4th, 2023

An Up North Fourth is full of activities! The Norman Rockwell backdrop of Northern Michigan combined with great weather and an amazing array of activities makes the 4th of July a special day in Northern Michigan.

Here's a list of typical 4th of July events by community:

  • Alanson – The July 4th parade begins at 11am. Start the day with a pancake breakfast from 7-11am at the Littlefield Alanson Community Building- 7631 US-31, Alanson.
  • Bay View – The parade begins at 10am followed by the 11am reading of the Declaration of Independence on the steps in front of John Hall Auditorium- 1725 Encampment Ave., Petoskey.
  • Bay Harbor – Fireworks take place at dusk on July 3rd with the Petoskey Steel Band performing at 8pm, and a parade kicks off at 11am on July 4th.
  • Boyne City – Three full days of activities including a run, kid’s activities, parade, fireworks and more takes place in Boyne City.
  • Charlevoix – Celebrate the 4th here with fireworks at dusk.
  • Harbor Springs – The best day of the year in Harbor Springs with a morning run, all day art show, music on the waterfront, parade, and fireworks shot from a barge on the harbor.
  • Indian River – Enjoy the parade at 11am and fireworks at dusk on the beach.
  • Mackinaw City – Scheduled events include games on the Marina Lawn and one of the largest fireworks display in Northern Michigan.
  • Mackinac Island – The day includes Stoneskipping Competition at Windermere Point, followed by fun family games in the afternoon, and two fireworks displays that will go off simultaneously at dusk.
  • Petoskey – The parade steps off at 6pm followed by music on the waterfront and the evening concludes with a fantastic fireworks display.

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Activities & Attractions in Northern Michigan

The Little Traverse Wheelway

The Little Traverse Wheelway

Bicyclists, walkers, and roller bladers can go from Harbor Springs to Charlevoix on the 26-mile long Little Traverse Wheelway.

Northern Michigan Beaches

Summer’s not summer without a day at the beach and Northern Michigan offers some of the best beaches anywhere.

Charlevoix's Historical Museums

Charlevoix’s History Museums

The Harsha House and the Charlevoix Depot Museum, run by the Charlevoix Historical Society, preserve much of Charlevoix’s rich history.

Charlevoix Circle of Arts

The Charlevoix Circle of Arts is a vibrant, cultural center in downtown Charlevoix that presents six major visual exhibits annually.

Cross Country Ski Trails

Just a short drive from Harbor Springs or Petoskey are more than a dozen Northern Michigan cross country ski trails in Emmet County.