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America's birthday, Alpena style

July 1, 2009 - Steve Murch
Alpena during the Fourth of July is a great place to be, and it's starting to feel like a holiday weekend even though we're only on Wednesday. There are a few more people around town (and some more traffic) the chamber office has the judge's stand in front of its building for the parade Saturday, AND the Nina and Pinta made their way up the river to dock for the Maritime Festival.

Thousands of people line the streets for the parade, dozens of contestants take part in the sand sculpture contest (there really are very few castles), and thousands go to the Maritime Festival. This year the evening's fireworks have an additional opening act. The city band will play early in the evening, but the Concert in the Park series has a '70s band that will play up to dusk, just in time for the fireworks.

There really is something for everyone, and finding something to do shouldn't be difficult. Now, if only Mother Nature cooperates. The forecast isn't very participation-friendly. The project high is only in the lower 60s. Still, if you dress appropriately the day should be enjoyable. And no rain means the fireworks show will go on. Remember a couple of years ago when rain caused a couple of delays? Hopefully we don't have a replay.

For those of you who don't enjoy the Fourth, well ... But seriously, who doesn't like a good birthday party?


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News Photo by Leanne Roznowski The Nina and Pinta made their way up the Thunder Bay River Wednesday and docked at the Heritage Center for Saturday's Maritime Festival, part of Alpena's Fourth of July celebration.