Festivals, fireworks light up the 4th of July

By Pat Maurer

Holiday celebrations and Fireworks will be held in several locations across the area over the next ten days.

Shamrock Park in Clare is tonight’s location for the Summerfest annual picnic, activities and fireworks over Shamrock Lake at dusk. The annual city-wide garage sales have already started and will run throughout the weekend, and this Sunday the festivities wind up with a Fly-In Breakfast at the Municipal Airport.

In Harrison the Fourth of July will be celebrated mid-week with a “Bump N’ Run” off road derby and fireworks display at the Clare County Fairgrounds on July 3rd beginning at 7 p.m. The fireworks will be held at dusk, following the derby. Harrison’s annual Fourth of July Parade will begin at the fairgrounds at 11 a.m. on the fourth.

Farwell’s festivities will be held next weekend with the annual Figure 8 Derby on Saturday, July 6 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Farwell Fairgrounds. A fireworks display will follow at dusk.

There are also boat parades on several of the lakes around the area. Many residents around the area lakes also put on a great fireworks display at dusk for the holiday.

In Lake George on Sunday, July 7th, the Fourth of July parade will begin at noon with line-up at 11 a.m.
Activities are also planned at Farwell’s Art Craft Farmer’s Market on the corner of Illinois and Hall Street. Saturday, July 29 there will be a Bike Safety Rodeo at 9 a.m. and a Bike Helmet Raffle at 11 a.m.

On July 6 in Farwell, the Farmer’s Market will feature a Scavenger Hunt and Ice Cream Social beginning at 10 a.m.

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