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Tiny rural burgs are still the norm out in Benzie County and so is a good old small-town Fourth of July celebration. Before Beulah’s big parade, get those legs turning at Crystal Lake’s July 4th Firecracker Run (both a 5k and Fun Run) that begins and finishes right in Beulah's quintessential downtown.
Lake City’s wide-ranging Fourth of July festivities may just make it the “Greatest 4th in the North”. From the Battle of the Bands to a Beach Volleyball Tournament at Missaukee County Park, this weeklong summer party has it all. Each day is packed full with events and the Fourth of July is no exception- the day begins with morning running races and ends with a colorful firework show at dusk over Lake Missaukee. In between, don’t miss the Grand Parade, Ox and Strawberry Fest, Art Fair, daylong live music, and entertaining Monkey Grinders show.
The North by Northport Music Festival runs all week, but on Thursday, the annual fireworks over Lake Michigan complete the inaugural concert series.
You can’t go to the Old Settler’s Picnic Grounds without feeling like you have taken a step back in the past. Hundreds of years old, this Glen Arbor gathering spot is also an idyllic setting for an Independence Day celebration. Watch the Flag Raising Ceremony at 10am, and then cruise around Big Glen to downtown Glen Arbor for its annual Fourth of July Parade (at noon). Still looking for more patriotic festivities? Watch as ornamented boats chug along Glen Lake’s shore in the Fourth of July Boat Parade.