Parades, fireworks cap Harrison’s fun 4th

July 6, 2017

The Dodge City Campground float featured a moving dragon and claimed second place for Most Unique Design.

The Dodge City Campground float featured a moving dragon and claimed second place for Most Unique Design.

By Steve Landon
Review Correspondent

Last year at this time people were talking about how rough Michigan’s dry weather had been on the states farmers while being thankful at the same time for what the dry season had done to keep outdoor events and business going strong. About the only worry was the prospect of not using their fireworks due to increased fire danger. Fast-forward to 2017 when the biggest fear this year was having too much water following one of wettest months in over 30 years. So what would the Independence Day holiday hold for Harrison this year? Only time would tell.

Predictions of rain moving into the area proved unfounded much to delight of area, golf courses, campgrounds, marinas and outdoor recreational facilities. While a few dark clouds and spotty showers popped up prior to the start of the holiday stampede north, overall the period was warm and dry.

A boat parade, demolition derby and fireworks display all drew sizable crowds and area business reported excellent sales throughout the long holiday thanks to great weather.

This year’s traditional Fourth of July parade on Tuesday saw plenty of action before the first units even began to roll. Less than 15 minutes before the 11 a.m. start a call went out to fire officials to tackle a house fire on Long Lake Road north of town. The fire rekindled from a blaze the night before sending trucks screaming out of the fairgrounds site from the parade lineup passing waiting parade watchers.

Once the days excitement settled down Harrison’s Annual Fourth of July parade moved forward under a Mardi Gras theme. As in past years the route was packed with spectators from start to finish who watched some very well done and uniquely designed floats pass by along with cars, walking groups and more.

Another successful Independence Day holiday behind them the Harrison area now gears up for the Clare County Fair, July 24 -29th as well as other events coming soon.

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