Boyne Area Chamber
28 South Lake St. (Map)
Boyne City, MI 49712
Ph: (231) 582-6222
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Boyne City 4th of July Festival

4thofjulylogo smBoyne 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.

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>USA Today features Boyne City - "Small towns that go all out on the 4th of July":

"usa todayFrom a soap box derby to a pie-eating contest, foot races to raft races to duck races, Boyne City epitomizes the perfect small townAmerican Independence Daycelebration. The big highlight here is the Commemorative Raft Race, where participants race down the Boyne River that flows through town on homemade rafts, while the crowd of onlookers douses them with water balloons, buckets of water and water guns. After the raft race comes the duck race, when nearly 1,000 rubber ducks are thrown into the river and prizes are awarded to the first ducks to cross the finish line. After dark there's a big fireworks display to cap off the birthday weekend." USA Today story & photos

Friday, July 1, 2016

6 - 9 p.m. - Stroll the Streets, free live music and entertainment all over downtown Boyne City

Saturday, July 2

7 p.m. - Pre-Fourth Concert. Roma Ransom performs at 7 p.m. followed at 8 p.m. by the Big Boss Blues Band from Kalamazoo in Sunset Park behind the Chamber office. Rain location is the Performing Arts Center at Boyne City High School.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

10 a.m.- 9 p.m. - "Bouncers and More" Inflatable Alley - For all ages

10 a.m.-5 p.m. - 40th 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.

2 p.m. - Free concert, southern gospel trio The Taylors at Boyne City High School Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by Horton Bay United Methodist Church.

.5-6 p.m. - Early registration and packet pick-up for 40th Annual Independence Day Run Race, behind the Chamber of Commerce, 28 S. Lake St. (Registration form.)

Monday, July 4th, 2016

6:30-7:15 a.m. - 40th 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 - 40th annual Independence Day Run - 2-mile and 10k races along the edge of Lake Charlevoix - Registration form

8:30 a.m. Parade registration & lineup at the corner of Park and Franklin Streets (NEW LOCATION!). Parade entry form (free).

9 a.m.-7 p.m. Bouncers & More Inflatable Alley - For all ages and sizes

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Eagles Auxiliary selling hot dogs, bratwurst and 4th of July trinkets at the Eagles Hall, 106 River St.

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

The Boyne River Duck Race10 a.m.- 5 p.m. 39th 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 Family Fare Supermarket  | Parade theme is "Rock 'N' Roll."  Parade entry form (free)

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Munson Health Care/Boyne Area Health 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 p.m. Horton Bay Parade returns after an 8-year hiatus.

1- 7p.m. Live music in Veterans Park:

   1 p.m. - Northern Nites
   3 p.m. - Yankee Station
   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 28th 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.

Tuesday, July 5 - Rain date for fireworks.

Thanks to our 2016 sponsors!

Gold Sponsors of the Grand Parade - Great Lakes Energy

   Eta Nu Women's Club Clown Donations

Silver Sponsors
Red Mesa Grill/Cafe Sante
Otsego Memorial Hospital - Boyne Valley Clinic
Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau

Bronze Sponsors - Boyne Falls Polish Festival, The Harborage Condominium Association, Boyne City Rotary Club, The Carroll Family, Munson Health Care / Boyne Area Health Center & Boyne Rehab Center

 The Duck Race is conducted in the Boyne River at 2:30 p.m. on July 4th. Tickets are sold for $10 at the Chamber office, 28 S. Lake St.

duck race winner 2016 360pxKatie Vondra of Mason MI (pictured at right accepting check from Chamber staffer Missy Jollette) won $1,000 as her duck took first place in the Chamber's 4th of July Duck Race for 2016. She is the former Katie Bolger, who grew up in Boyne City.

Ron Cahoon of Boyne City took second place and won $250 with duck #544, while  Aniya Howery of Lima OH placed third and won $100 with duck #729. Next in order, and winning $50 were:
  • C. Hermann #554
  • Joyce Jobe #630
  • Timmy and Lily Payton #396
  • Michelle Steger #282
  • Bonnie Ognisanti # 253
  • Maya Goldstein #440
  • Kathy Birmingham #910


We set a record with 1,049 duck sales this year. Thanks to all for your support!