Check out all the great events and festivals in the Western Upper Peninsula!
Carnival Rides, Grand Stand Entertainment, Music, Crafts, Livestock, Food and Fun!
Fall festival in downtown Bessemer. Helicopter rides, food, music, vendors, kiddie parades, kids carnival and more!
Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan’s premiere outdoor activities, Michigan Fishing, for FREE!
The 2016 Free Fishing Weekends are scheduled for this winter: February 13 & 14 and this summer: June 11 & 12.
Welcome to Wakefield for the 4th of July celebrations. The 4th of July committee shares the schedule of events-parades-etc. with you. ENJOY!
4th of July Week 2016 CELEBRATION
“OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE”
MATT AHONEN MEMORIAL 20TH ANNUAL SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT, JUNE 24-25-26, Fri-Sat-Sun, Fri, 5 p.m., Sat & Sun, 9 a.m.-Concession available. Info: D.Kontny (906)364-1603; W.Londo (906)285-4748.
Strawberry Shortcake, Saturday, JUNE 25, served at Wakefield Historical Museum, 1 to 4 p.m. Rummage sale on front lawn.
STREET DANCE, Friday, JULY 1, 8 p.m., live music, Sunday Lake Street by the First National Bank. Sponsor: Den-O’s Sports Bar.
HOME TOWN VARIETY SHOW, Saturday, 7 p.m., JULY 2 at Wakefield-Marenisco High School music room-auditorium. Sponsored by the Wakefield Historical Society. (Denise Haas, 906-285-0720)
SUNDAY, JULY 3,
“HOMECOMING” CHURCH SERVICES, SUNDAY, July 3 at all local churches: All Saints Lutheran, Our Redeemer Lutheran, Calvary Baptist, Grace Baptist Temple, United Methodist Church, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
“Town Picnic” Starting at 1 p.m., July 3, at Eddy Park and John Siira (new) pavilion.
Food and refreshments for purchase. Music, bingo & much more.
Note: State law—no carry-ons allowed into park. (sponsored by the Wakefield Fireworks Committee)
Wakefield Volunteer Fire Dept, at the park, 1–3 p.m.
“CONCERT IN THE PARK” 7 p.m. with the Gogebic Range Band performing at Eddy Park old pavilion. (Larry Gabka)
Drawings from all correct entries for “Where in Wakefield” will be held at the Visitor Center. Pick up and Drop off Forms at Wakefield Museum, WN&BPA, or Visitors Center by noon, July 3.
Sunday, JULY 3,
10 p.m. LIGHTNING ON THE LAKE
FIREWORKS DISPLAY over Sunday Lake. (Sponsored by the Wakefield Fireworks Committee)
MONDAY, JULY 4
SALUTE BY THE WAKEFIELD FIREWORKS COMMITTEE at 6 a.m. starts July 4th activities.
SUNDAY LAKE WALK-RUN. 8 a.m. Registration 6:45-7:45 a.m. For information contact Ashley Backman, 364-3956; Diane Oliver, 932-1848, Ironwood Kiwanis Club.
“UNITY OF FAITH BELIEVERS” 9 a.m., (Tentative)
Non-denominational service, Eddy Park, John Siira (new) pavilion. Followed by coffee and doughnuts. (Info: contact Jan or Brian Oberg, 229-5579, 906-364-1504)
“FORCHULY” 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Wakefield Historical Museum open for visiting.
LINEUP CHILDREN’S PARADE Noon to 1 p.m.
Registration and line-up at Fire Hall. No motor vehicles. (Wakefield Volunteer Fire Dept, Michael Yon, (517-648-6115)
CHILDREN’S PARADE, 1 p.m. begins at Fire Hall and ends at stop light.
GENERAL PARADE LINE-UP, starting at 11:30 to 12:45 at US2 and Putnam. All floats must sign-in on arrival at US2/Putnam (corner table) and receive assigned number. ENTRIES arriving after 12:45 will not be judged. Class reunion groups line up at US2 and Ashlund Ave (near Cormiers) Info: call Jan, 906-364-1504; Ann Marie, 906-364-3441.
FLYOVER—Vintage warbirds, 1 p.m.
KLASSIC KRUISERS, Preceding the parade
GENERAL 4th of JULY PARADE
1 p.m. start at Cormier’s Corner: Color guard, parade marshal, bands, floats, and marching units. Marty’s Goldenaires Senior Drum and Bugle Corps will perform at First National Bank corner.
CHILDREN’S RACES. After parade at Roger Randall Field, west of the W-M School.
CLASS REUNIONS-Check the Wakefield News /Bessemer Pick & Axe for listings.
Note—Events may be subject to change.
4th of July
in Wakefield MI, 2016
An Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
“OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE”
Grand Prize Float -$400
(Theme must be printed on float to qualify for grand prize)
General or Theme Floats:
1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $175, 4th $125, 5th $100
Decorated floats registering at line-up receive $20
Your donations help with: marching bands, children’s parade, children’s races, old planes fly-over, July 4th parade, float winner prizes, concert in the park, fireworks, and misc. expenses.
Sunday, July 3, 10 p.m.
“Lightning on the Lake”
Monday, July 4, 1 p.m., JULY 4th Parade
Honor Guard participants. Thank you for making our Fourth activities more meaningful!
WAKEFIELD VISITOR CENTER. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat-Sun and Holiday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 224-2222. Stop and register so friends may contact you.
After the Parade: Time to greet friends, relatives, and W-M High School classmates.
Visits at American Legion Post 11, 605 River St. and
Visits at Wakefield VFW Post 9084, lunch available served by VFW Auxiliary
Please send your financial donations to the
Wakefield 4th of July Committee, P.O. Box 23, Wakefield, Michigan 49968-0023 or drop them in 4th of July donation box at Wakefield News-Bessemer Pick & Axe or Visitor Center.
As in the past, donations and messages will be listed in Wakefield News-Bessemer Pick & Axe.
Schedules available at the WN/BPA and at the Wakefield Chamber Visitors Center, 224-2222
Note—Events may be subject to change
June 25 – Tour da Lake Bicycle Tour around Lake Gogebic. For info & registration: 906-932-3332 or www.hobbywheel.com.