No one does Fourth of July weekend like Boyne City, Michigan. Their slogan is, “Best 4th in the North!” As Michigan’s own Kid Rock says in a song, “It ain’t bragging if you can back it up.”
Oh, Boyne City can definitely back it up — and then some!
Actually their slogan is a bit modest. They are considered to host one of the best small town Fourth of July celebrations in the country by Good Morning America, USA Today, the Travel Channel and Reader’s Digest.
The festivities begin at Friday, July 2, 2021 with radio station,106 KHQ, broadcasting live at Sunset Park from 6:00 PM — 9 PM. At the same time, there is a Stroll the Streets event where you can enjoy ten bands, magicians, face painting, and more as you discover fabulous finds in one of the many unique shops.
Gear up for a full day of family fun Saturday, July 3, 2021. From 8 AM — Noon, Boyne City Farmer’s Market will be at Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Don’t miss the Patriotic Boat Parade! On Saturday, boats begin at East Jordan City Marina at 11 AM. At noon, they will cruise through Boyne City at noon, and wind up in Charlevoix at 1:30 PM.
At Sunset Park, Saturday from 11 AM — 4 PM is the 1st Annual “Waterfront Field of Dreams” Cornhole Tournament at Sunset Park. Proceeds will go to the Waterfront Field of Dreams projects. They hope to put in a new baseball/softball field, add new concessions, stadium seating, and restrooms.
On Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM — 5 PM in Veteran’s Park, be sure to check out the 45th Annual Waterside Art & Craft Fair + Food Trucks. Admire the talent of local artisans and choose from and array of mouthwatering food options. If you can’t get enough of art and eats, be sure to come both days!
Veteran’s Memorial Park is also hosting more exciting things to do on Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM — 6 PM. Let the kids play in a bounce house, get a pony ride, or get face to fur with the animals at the petting zoo. Have you ever wanted to try a mechanical bull? Now you can!
On Sunday, July 4, 2021 get your most important meal of the day at the Independence Day Breakfast at the FOE Eagle’s Hall at 106 River Street from 7 AM — 10 AM. It’s all you can eat for $8. Now, that’s a great deal!
On Sunday morning’s at 7:30, there will be the 45th Annual Independence Day Run. Participants will run two miles with breathtaking views of Lake Charlevoix.
There is a Community Worship Service in Old City Park in front of the gazebo Sunday morning from 8 AM — 9 AM. The East Jordan/Boyne City Community Band will be playing during the service. Everyone is invited. Be sure to bring a chair!
At 9:55 AM on Sunday morning, we will sing the National Anthem on Lake Street in front of the Log Cabin. The parade will follow at 10 AM, winding through downtown Boyne City as thousands of spectators line the streets.
If you’d like to meet and thank members of our military that makes America’s Independence Day possible, stop by Sunset Park from 11:45 AM — 12:30 PM and listen to the 126th Army Band Concert. There will also be a United States Marine Corps. tent set up from 10 AM — 5 PM.
Pies and the Fourth of July go together like boats and water, so be sure to get one of the assorted $15 whole pies for sale at Veteran’s Memorial Park Pavilion at 11:00 AM Sunday. The pies are offered by the Boyne Valley Garden Club.
Boyne City can’t have too many pies. At 12:30 AM Sunday, is the Kiwanis/Family Fair Kids’ Pie Eating Contest at Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Boyne City can’t have too much live music either. From 1 PM — 7 PM at Veterans Memorial Park there will be three bands playing throughout the day. The first is Full Circle, then Derailed, and Northern Nites.
If you are feeling lucky, purchase a $10 ticket at the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce and try your luck in the Boyne Area Chamber’s 33rd Annual Duck Race. Win cash prizes of $500, $250, $100 or $50!
What better way to cool off on the Fourth of July than get on the water? On Sunday, from 2:30 PM — 3:00 PM is the Commemorative Raft Race at Riverside Park on Spring Street. Be sure and check-in by 2:00 PM.
These are just some of the fun Boyne City has planned for Fourth of July weekend. For instructions on how to enter the contests, races, and other important information and updates, be sure to check out the festival’s website.
Wait! There’s more! With everything going on, I almost forgot the highlight of the weekend! Sunday at 10:30 PM, the Grand Fireworks will light up the sky over Lake Charlevoix. Trust me, they won’t disappoint!
Best 4th in the North? Yeah, Boyne City knows how to back it up!
I wish you all a safe Fourth of July with your family and friends!