Boyne City's 4th of July Festival celebrates Independence Day and is ALWAYS held on July 4th, regardless of the day of the week. All events are held at Veterans Memorial Park on Lake Street unless otherwise noted.
Friday, July 3, 2015
10 a.m.- 9 p.m. - "Bouncers and More" Inflatable Alley - For all ages
10 a.m.-5 p.m. - 39th Annual Waterside Arts & Crafts Show (Vendor application) - Veterans Park
1-3 p.m. - All-Class Reunion for Boyne City Schools, Veterans Park.
1 p.m. - Soap Box Derby School - Required of all kids who want to participate in the Soap Box Derby at 2 p.m. the next day. This will to ensure that drivers have the proper skills to operate the derby car. On Pine Street between Park & East Streets. Info: 248-410-3632. Rules and registration form.
5-6 p.m. - Early registration and packet pick-up for 39th Annual Independence Day Run Race, behind the Chamber of Commerce, 28 S. Lake St. (Registration form.)
6 to 9 p.m. - Stroll the Streets, musicians performing all over downtown Boyne City. www.strollthestreets.com
Saturday, July 4th, 2015
6:30-7:15 a.m. - 39th Annual Indepence Day Run Race Registration - behind Chamber building, 28 S. Lake St.
7-10 a.m. - Eagles Breakfast at Eagles Hall, 106 River St.
7:30 a.m - 39th annual Independence Day Run - 2-mile and 10k races along the edge of Lake Charlevoix - Registration form
8 a.m. to 12 noon - Farmers Market moves to Old City Park (corner of Park and River Streets), today only.
8:30 a.m. Parade registration & lineup at Water Works building on Division Street
9 a.m.-7 p.m. Bouncers & More Inflatable Alley - For all ages and sizes
9-9:15 a.m. Children's Bike & Costume lineup at Early Childhood Development Center playground, corner of Main and Park Streets: judging at 9:30 sharp
9:30 a.m. Pre-parade entertainment and Eta Nu Clowns - Downtown
10 a.m.- 5 p.m. 38th Annual Waterside Arts & Craft Show (Vendor application)
10 a.m. - GRAND PARADE* on Water Street and Lake Street. Begins at corner of East and Water Streets, proceeds west on Water Street to Lake Street, then north on Lake, ending at Glen's Market | Parade entry form
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Charlevoix Area Hospital/Boyne Area Medical Center First Aid Station, North Lake Street next to the river.
10 a.m. - Boyne Valley Garden Club Pie Sale
11 a.m. - Boyne City Rotary Club Chicken Barbecue
11:30 a.m. Kiwanis/Family Fare Supermarket Children's Pie-Eating Contest - Veterans Park
Noon - 2 p.m. Kiwanis Children's Games - Veterans Park
1- 7p.m. Bands in Veterans Park
1 p.m. Northern Nights, 3 p.m. The Cookies, 5 p.m. TNT
2 p.m. - Commemorative Raft Race in the Boyne River | Flier
2 -4 p.m. - Soap Box Derby, Park Street at Cedar Street - contestants must first pre-register and attend Derby School at 1 p.m. July 3 (see above). Rules and registration form.
2:30 p.m. - Boyne Chamber's 26th Annual Duck Race in the Boyne River - Chance to win $1,000, $250, $100, and seven $50 prizes. Purchase $10 tickets at Chamber office. Last year's winners below | Video | Duck Race Song
10:30 p.m. - FIREWORKS over Lake Charlevoix | Adopt Fireworks donation form
Reminder: Dogs are not allowed in city parks during festivals/special events.
* Handicapped parking available during the parade on Park Street between Ace Hardware and Pat O'Brien Real Estate and behind Park View Family Dentistry, corner of State and Lake streets.
Sunday, July 5 (Rain date for fireworks)
Gold Sponsor of the Grand Parade - Great Lakes Energy
Silver Sponsors - Eta Nu Women's Club
Red Mesa Grill/Cafe Sante
Boyne Area Medical Center/Charlevoix Area Hospital
Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau
Bronze Sponsors - The Carroll Family, Boyne Falls Polish Festival, The Harborage Condominium Association, Boyne City Rotary Club, In Loving Memory of Connie Smith
Jim Holtz, regional manager for Spicy Bob's Italian Express, won $1,000 as he took first place in the Boyne Area Chamber's annual 4th of July Duck Race for 2014. The Chamber sold a record 1,000 ducks for this year's race. Here are the other winners:
2nd place -Dan Tosch, $250
3rd - Bill Kercorian, $100
4th -Rachel Alofs, $50
5th - Craig Love, $50
6th - Donna Wachtel, $50
7th - Abby McCrea, $50
8th - Cherie Dunford, $50
9th - April Poole, $50
10th - Bob Houck, $50
Congratulations to all!