The Fourth of July is a busy time in Montmorency County with parades, craft shows and fireworks to keep everyone in the Independence Day spirit.
The Village of Hillman kicks off the festivities with the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus at Hillman Elementary School Friday, with showtimes of 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets for the circus are on sale at businesses around town with a cost of $10 for adults and $6 for children, and will also be on sale at the gate the day of the show for $13 for adults and $7 for children. This circus will feature lions and tigers, horses and several acrobatic acts, along with an act comprised of dogs rescued from shelters.
The circus has been invited to Hillman by the chamber of commerce, and the use of the elementary grounds was approved by the Hillman school board.
"We really hope there is a good turn out for the circus," Brenda South said. "This is something new we're trying this year to bring more events into town. So far, we have sold around 200 children's tickets in advance for the shows."
Friday in Atlanta will start with a Lions Club Pancake Breakfast in the Briley Township Park from 8-11 a.m. The annual Fourth of July Parade will begin at 6 p.m. and go through town with festive floats and characters from community organizations celebrating Independence Day. The fireworks display will take place at dusk and can be viewed from Davis Field near Atlanta Community Schools. Parking is available, and a concession stand will be open with snacks and drinks. The fireworks are put on by the Chamber of Commerce.
"We hope everyone comes out and has a good time during the holiday," chamber Trustee Mary Dugas said. "It's going to be a lot of fun."
Lewiston's Fourth of July Parade starts at 11 a.m. and floats and entries will be lining up at the school to parade through town.
"Businesses, clubs, floats and different organizations all are involved in the parade," chamber Secretary Michelle Clark said. "We have three parades every year, and this is the biggest one. It has really grown over the years."
At 5 p.m., there will be a boat parade on East Twin Lake that meets at the island. Everyone is invited to participate and encouraged to decorate their boat in festive Fourth of July decorations.
Fireworks will begin at dusk behind the Johannesburg-Lewiston school, and parking is available to enjoy the fireworks.
The Lewiston Historical Society will host a Heritage Day Saturday from 11a.m. until 3 p.m. at 4384 Michelson Road. Everyone is invited to attend and participate in old time games and activities, and learn about the heritage of Lewiston.
Saturday an arts and crafts show will take place at the Brush Creek Mill in Hillman, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. as part of Mill River Days.
The Elk Country Animal Shelter is sponsoring a Pet Show at Emerick Park from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the pavilion. For more information about the show or to enter call the shelter at 785-3738.
A bridge walk will begin at 12 p.m., and anyone interested in walking is asked to meet at Tripp Field before the start time.
There will be a Car Cruise Night at Thunder Bay Resort from 4-8 p.m., and the Wheels of Northeastern Michigan Car Club will hold a 50/50 drawing and hand out special trophies.
Around 10 p.m. there will be a fireworks show at Emerick Park, and people are encouraged to enjoy the show and bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.
Sunday is a car show and swap meet in the parking lot behind the HiWay Inn in downtown Hillman from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., rain or shine, with awards for over 40 classes, including special trophies presentations beginning at 3:30 p.m.
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