Three Fourth of July events scheduled in Lake County
LAKE COUNTY — It's once more time to commemorate the Fourth of July, and Lake County will have three events to properly celebrate the independence of the United States of America.
The Idlewild community will host a parade at noon on Saturday, July 2, which starts at the old township hall building at the corner of Baldwin Road and Tacoma and will end at Williams Island. This is the 18th year a parade has been organized in Idlewild.
This year's parade will be led by grand marshal Esther Ward, a long-time member of the Mid-Michigan Idlewilders who organize the parade and a former clerk and treasurer for Yates Township. Ward also has been instrumental in leading several past Fourth of July parades in Idlewild. Also honored at the end of the parade will be Jess Brown, president of the National Idlewilders Association and announcer of every Idlewild Fourth of July parade in its history save one.
"We'll have a lot of the local political candidates walking in the parade. We'll have the Michigan Riders, several vintage cars and a lot of the community groups like the Men of Purpose will have floats or walk along," said Carol Boles, co-chair of the parade committee. "At the end of the parade, on Williams Island, there's always a bit of a celebration. There will be a bounce house, face painting, food and refreshments and music."
Boles added there is often an ad-hoc group of residents who gather on the island during July Fourth weekend to launch their own fireworks.
The Big Star Lake Association will host its annual fireworks display on Saturday, July 2, as well. The fireworks are fired off from the Tall Oaks Camp on the water and will be preceded by a boat parade.
"We do have a boat parade before the fireworks at 7:15 p.m. this year," said Larry Treece, president of the Big Star Lake Association. "Our theme this year is sports team fanatics and our grand marshal is none other than Sheriff Dennis Robinson. The fireworks will be right at dusk."
If there is rain or any other disruption, a make-up date for the fireworks has been scheduled for dusk on Saturday, July 9.
Lastly, on the north side of the county, Luther always spends the Independence Day weekend in style by celebrating it in conjunction with its Luther Logging Days celebration. It will take place from Friday, July 1, to Sunday, July 3, and features a variety of shows, games and activities for people of all ages.
“It’s a family-friendly event with a packed festival atmosphere. We have stuff for everybody,” remarked organizer Lori Brinks. “We’ll have inflatables — like bounce houses — from 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, we’ll have one of those cash cubes where you climb in a plastic box and try to grab cash we blow up in the air around you, we’ll have pool tournaments, horse shoe tournaments, corn hole tournaments, dart tournaments, street dances and, of course, the logging competition.”
Two Fourth of July events may be of particular note to residents. First, there is the Fourth of July Parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, which runs from the Luther Fire Department to the Mill Pond on the south side of town. Second is the fireworks display at dusk on Sunday, July 3, over the Mill Pond.