Check out summertime Americana at its best by spending your Fourth of July celebration in St. Ignace, in the Upper Peninsula of Northern Michigan.

Family friendly entertainment for the Fourth weekend starts Saturday, July 1 with the Straits version of Saturday Night Live! Downtown St. Ignace resembles a three-ring circus of music and live entertainment including jugglers, magicians, sword swallowers, clowns, balloon benders and more. The musical stage is in G-Man’s tent in front of First National Bank with acts playing from 7–10 p.m.

On Sunday, July 2, pack up your kids, grab your chairs and blankets and visit American Legion Park for outdoor movies alongside beautiful Lake Huron. Concessions are available, but the popcorn is free! Playing on July 2? The Lego Batman Movie, sponsored by Kewadin Casinos. Here’s the full schedule for Outdoor Movies by the Bay!

On Tuesday, July 4, Independence Day, there’s fun all day, including parades, wine tasting, walking tours and of course, fireworks.

  • 1 p.m. Ruby Goudreau Memorial July 4th Parade, Downtown St. Ignace
  • 2 p.m. Kiwanis Kids’ Games, Dock #3/Coast Guard Park, S. State Street
  • 3 p.m. St. Ignace Fire Department Open House, Dock #3/Coast Guard Park, S. State Street, Live Music, Brats, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream, Pop
  • 5 p.m. The Winery at Pavillion, Wine & Beer Tasting, follow the boardwalk to the bright yellow Pavillion for the wine tasting
  • 7 p.m. Museum of Ojibwa Culture Walking Tour, covers the history, legends and culture of one of the oldest cities in North America from fur trading and logging to the biographies of early settlers, free!
  • Dusk Fireworks over Moran Bay

For a unique perspective of Independence Day fireworks, board the 4th of July Fireworks Cruise at 9:30 p.m. on at the Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Dock #3 (note this is the northernmost dock of two for the Star Line). The evening cruise lasts about 1.5 to 2 hours and gives you a prime view of the fireworks from both St. Ignace and Mackinac Island. Call for reservations.

St. Ignace is the “Gateway to the Upper Peninsula,” where the great waters of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan meet. Enjoy an area filled with green forests, blue waters, sand dunes and incredible places of discovery. For help planning your vacation in St. Ignace this summer, one can request a free Vacation Guide. Request your copy! You can also view it online.

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