This Independence Day, do more than grill out and enjoy a long weekend. The community of Baraga in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula celebrates the 4th of July with style. Located 30 miles from CMX and a 5 hour drive from Milwaukee or Duluth, visitors are greeted with style and relaxation in this small town USA. This year’s pride is shown via the theme of “Malt Shop Memories.”
Baraga celebrates the 4th of July with their own Lumberjack Days. The celebration includes everything from a queen coronation, main street USA-style parades (both float and an adult “night shirt” parade) professional fireworks (over the world’s second largest body of water, Lake Superior), a street dance, law sawing events, kid and adult games, vendors and more.
The highlight of the weekend’s events for the children is the “Kiddie Parade” ‘” families line up and parade through town. Most everyons comes through with decorated bikes, strollers, we even see moms in decorated baby slings with their newbies! Especially the pre-schoolers love to participate and follow the big REAL fire truck down Superior Avenue (one block from US -41 and the bay that creates the start of the Keweenaw Peninsula) and receive a prize at the end. For the adults, the street dance is something that keeps attention. With live music, plenty of dancing through the night, and inexpensive drinks, natives and non- get along and enjoy the evening as they celebrate the birth of the nation.
Don’t miss the queen coronation or the mainstreet parade- these events are both part of what makes this small town USA event typical of what America is meant to be. Often seen are local bands, families who decorate and go all out for creating their own float that is within the theme of the Lumberjack Days, bag pipes and the Shriners in their mini cars.
This year’s activities begin on July 2nd with the crowning of the Queen, followed by the street dance. Sunday July 3rd is packed full of events: fun for the family or the singles! At dusk, typically after 10 pm, the evening wraps up with professional fireworks, sponsored by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.
For more information visit www.baragalumberjackdays.com
To get there:
Fly into CMX or MQT (Sawyer), Follow US-41 to Baraga. Local accommodations can be found for under $50 per night. A casino is also located in the town for those who are interested.
You can also drive:
From Detroit: Take I-75 North toward Upper Peninsula. In St-Ignace take US-2 West to MI-123. Where MI-123 ends take M-28/US-41 West. Continue on US-41 into Baraag.
From: Milwaukee: Take 43 North to 141. Where 141 ends, take 41 north 17 miles.