Boyne City's 4th of July Festival 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. Check back for updates as we get closer to July 4th.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
9 a.m.- 9 p.m. - "Bouncers and More" Inflatable Alley - For all ages
11 a.m.-6 p.m. - 37th Annual Waterside Arts & Crafts Show - 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. Thursday. This will to ensure that drivers have the proper skills to operate the derby car. On Pine Street between Park & East Streets.
5-6 p.m. - Early registration and packet pick-up for 36th Annual Independence Day Run Race, behind the Chamber of Commerce, 28 S. Lake St. (Registration form.)
Friday, July 4th, 2014
6:30-7:15 a.m. - 35th 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 - 36th 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 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: judging at 9:30 sharp
9:30 a.m. Pre-parade entertainment and Eta Nu Clowns - Downtown
10 a.m.- 5 p.m. 37th Annual Waterside Arts & Craft Show
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 (PDF)
10 a.m. - 6 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/Glen's Market 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. Horton Creek, 3 p.m. TNT, 5 p.m. Northern Nites ((2013 bands are listed here; check back for updates)
2 p.m. - Commemorative Raft Race in the Boyne River | Flier
2 p.m. - Soap Box Derby, Park Street at Cedar Street - must pre-register and attend Derby School at 1 p.m. July 3 (see above).
2:30 p.m. - Boyne Chamber's 25th 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
6 to 9 p.m. - Stroll the Streets, musicians performing all over downtown Boyne City, www.strollthestreets.com
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.
Saturday, 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
JEGA Catering Inc./Boyne River Inn
Boyne Area Medical Center/Charlevoix Area Hospital
Bronze Sponsors - Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, The Carroll Family, Boyne Falls Polish Festival, Eta Nu Women's Club, The Harborage Condominium Association, Boyne City Rotary Club, Bay Winds Federal Credit Union
Edward Parks of Birmingham won the $1,000 first place prize in the Chamber's 4th of July Duck Race with duck #868 first to cross the finish line in the Boyne River. Tracy Siska won the second-place prize of $250 with duck #157, and Rachel Alofs placed third and won $100 with duck #653. Fourth through 10th place winners won $50 each. They were, in order: Lauren Faulkner #334, Jim Raber #499, Jacob Milbrandt #259, Brian Morrison #54, Sarah Russell #345, Melissa Sexton #4, and Sarra Bosse #265. Congratulations to all!