The Fourth of July is truly one of my favorite holidays. What could be better than spending time with friends and family, enjoying the warm summer weather, watching fireworks, grilling out, and playing with sparklers. I must say what is even better is celebrating the Fourth of July in the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula. This weekend starting on Friday, July 1, there will be several Independence Day celebrations in the local area.
I can’t think of a better way to begin a weekend filled with celebrating the history of the United States than by remembering the history of the Keweenaw Peninsula by going to Pastyfest. Pastyfest is an annual festival that celebrates the delicious meat pies that were once a popular food for miners and are now a special treat for tourists and locals alike. This year’s Pastyfest will take place on Friday, July 1, and Saturday, July 2, in Calumet, Michigan. The activities of Pastyfest include a parade, music, free horse-drawn tours, games, a artisans and farmers market, and of course pasties! The Pasty Parade begins at 11 a.m. and the Pasty Bake-off judging begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 2.
On Sunday, July3, the Independence Day Celebrations begin in Dollar Bay and Lake Linden. In Dollar Bay there will be free horse and wagon rides at 6:30 p.m. and a street dance at 8:0 p.m. In Lake Linden there will be a fireworks display at dusk in the village park. Prior to the firework display there will be live music, food, and refreshments in the park starting at 6:30 p.m.
On Monday, July 4, there is a wide variety of activities to take part in. Several of the towns throughout the Keweenaw will have parades, music, refreshments, games, and bazaars going on throughout the day. The towns of Dollar Bay, Lake Linden, Hubbell, South Range, and Ahmeek all have parades and other activities planned for the day. To wrap up a day full of events there will be fireworks displays in South Range and Copper Harbor, beginning at dusk. For a complete listing of the events taking place this weekend checkout the Keweenaw Calendar.
In addition to all the organized Fourth of July events listed above, there are many other fun activities to do with friends and family over the Fourth of July weekend. Some other fun activities include eating at one of the great restaurants in the local area, bike riding on the trails, hiking, going to the beach, or exploring and sightseeing. For ideas of local attractions to visit and restaurants to eat at, check out the Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Wherever you choose to celebrate the Fourth of July, I hope you have a wonderful time and find yourself in the company of friends and loved ones!
Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have. Don’t forget to check back for next week’s article in which I will write about Chassell’s annual Strawberry Festival. In next week’s article I will also be saying my goodbyes to you all as I head out on my next big life adventure and I will be introducing the new ParentNet Weekly Article Writer.