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Communities extend invitations to celebrate America’s freedom

Parades in IM-Kingsford, Norway, Iron River, Foster City on Wednesday

June 29, 2012
By LISA M. HOFFMANN - Staff Writer , The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Fourth of July celebrations are fast approaching, with events planned in a number of area communities. Here are some highlights.


The Iron Mountain-Kingsford Independence Day Parade, being organized by Americans for Constitutional Enforcement (ACE) will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4.

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Paul Droese of Kingsford sets up a display at a fireworks stand on South Stephenson Avenue near Bob’s Mobile Home and across from Home Depot in Iron Mountain.
Theresa Peterson/Daily News Photo

Lineup is on Pyle Drive in Kingsford and participants will travel up Balsam to Woodward Avenue. The parade will turn right on Woodward and proceed to Carpenter Avenue; then proceed north on Carpenter until H Street, where it takes a right until it ends at the Midtown Mall parking or disperses onto Stephenson Avenue.

This year's parade theme is "God Bless the U.S.A. ... and Remember For This Country To Pray!"

Gustav Groeneveld, 87, U.S. Army Veteran from World War II, is the grand marshal.

Groeneveld was injured in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge, earning medals both times. He has been disabled since the second injury.

ACE continues to seek help with the parade. Participants still needed are the oldest and youngest born on July 4, oldest citizen, convertibles with drivers, help with lineup and volunteers to help the morning of the parade. There are many ways to assist, including donating prizes. Call Diana Miller at 774-7810.

Parade applications were available at, the Dickinson County Library in Iron Mountain and at all branches of the Iron Mountain-Kingsford First National Bank.

Also on July 4, the Dickinson County Area Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Antoine County Park band shell. The band, under the leadership of Barb Rice, will play a concert of patriotic music, marches, and light concert selections. Admission to the concert is free, although a $5 county park admissions sticker is required for parking. Patrons are asked to bring their own chairs.

A fireworks display, under sponsorship of the Sons of the American Legion Post 50, is scheduled for dusk from atop Millie Hill in Iron Mountain.

The 53rd Ford Addition Fourth of July Parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3. The annual neighborhood parade begins at the Ford Addition Park, which is located behind the 600 Block of Hamilton Avenue.


Norway's Independence Day parade will begin with a kiddies parade at 6:30 p.m. on July 4, followed by the main parade on Main Street.

Line-up for the kiddies parade will be on 10th Avenue (north side of City Hall). Main parade line-up will be on 11th and Railroad Avenues by the Knight Owl Bar.

No registration is required. All participants are asked to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the parade in order to be judged and lined up.

For the safety of viewers, participants in the parade are asked not to throw anything from their entries.

"We ask that you have someone walk along side and hand out the items," organizers said.

Horse clubs must provide a clean-up person to follow their horses.

Any questions concerning the parade should be directed to Wally Zychowski at (906) 563-5746.

Following the parade, the Norway City Band will perform a free concert at the band shell located next to the City Hall.

The fireworks display by the Norway Volunteer Fire Department will begin at dusk.


All events for Felch will be held on July 4.

The parade will be in Foster City this year. It starts at noon.

Questions about the parade can be directed to Anita Mattson at the Milltown Inn.

The Breen and Felch Fire Departments will square off in a softball game in Hardwood after the parade.

Entertainment will be under the pavilion at the Felch Community Center starting about 8 p.m. and last until the fireworks begin.

Fireworks will be at the Felch Community Center starting at about 9:45 p.m.


Sagola will have its annual picnic and fireworks on Saturday, July 7, in Channing at the baseball fields. The parade is at 2 p.m. The lineup for participants starts at 1 p.m. along 7th Street (Turner Road), and the theme this year is "Super Heroes."

The picnic and entertainment follows with brats, burgers, hot dogs, soda, beer and wine coolers offered by the Sagola Volunteer Township Fire Department and Auxiliary.

"Lock and Load" will be the major band with the possibility of a local group filling in during their breaks.

A fireworks display will be at dusk. The American Legion Auxiliary will host bingo in the old Bus Garage during the picnic same as last year.


Hermansville's celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hermansville Lake and Park.

The 15th Annual Hermansville Car Show will be held on the IXL Museum grounds on River Street with registration from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Central time).

The registration fee is $5 with the proceeds going to North Central High School for a scholarship. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. (Central time) for Best of Show and People's Choice. Trophies in many classes will also be awarded. Contact the Hermansville Car Club at (906) 639-3155 or email: Last year approximately 100 cars participated.

The William Anderson Sports and Recreation Club will host Mud Runs at Hermansville Lake for stock, modified and pro stock classes. Entry fee is $15.

Racing starts at noon.

There will also be live music featuring John Whitens and Shilow and Cross Roads.

Both the IXL Historical Museum and the Vietnam Veterans Association Museum will be open on July 4.

The evening fireworks are sponsored by the Meyer Township Fire Department.


Powers-Spalding Independence Day celebration will be held on Tuesday, July 3.

The parade starts at 5 p.m. and there will be a celebration at Veteran's Memorial Park in Powers following the parade.

Food, refreshments, volleyball, basketball, horse shoe and kid's games are part of the festivities.

There will be air rides by Abra Cadabra for the kids. Fishing derby is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

There will be music by "Oz" from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. (former members of feed. and Rockslide.) Rides home from the park are available.

The celebration is sponsored by the American Legion Post 244, Sons of the American Legion 244 and Auxiliary 244.


Northland Camp and Conference Center's annual Freedom Celebration will be held on Friday, July 6, in Dunbar, Wis.

The event features a fireworks spectacular, which is noted as the largest display in northeastern Wisconsin.

Greener Grass, the center's very own bluegrass group, will perform. For the first time at the Freedom Celebration, there will be comedy acts throughout the evening.

Activities begin at 6:30 p.m. and include carnival games, concessions, a 30-foot inflatable slide, a dunk tank, an inflatable Bounce house, face painting, and 18-hole miniature golf in a family friendly atmosphere.

All activities are free of charge as well as admission.

Parking is $5.


Registration for the parade will begin at 8:30 a.m. July 4 on the west side of the West Iron High School. Members of the auxiliary units of the Legion Posts 17 (Iron River) and Post 21 (Old Stambaugh), as well as VFW Post 3134 will be on hand to help with registration.

Parade units will form on the south side parking area of the WIC High School. The parade committee requests that all units use the street between the school and Kermit's Bar as the main entrance to the parking lot.

The parade will leave West Iron High School at 10 a.m. with mass colors of the veterans organizations, proceed through Old Stambaugh, down Stambaugh Hill to U.S. 2, left to Genesee Street through Iron River to Fifth Street where the parade will disband.

Right after the parade, those veterans riding on transports will be dropped off and await pickup at the Iron County Armory.

Any Iraq/Afghanistan, War on Terrorism veterans (active/inactive/Guard or Reserve) are encouraged to march in uniform in the parade, if possible.

Following the parade, there will be games and free ice cream for all the children at the WIC Fire Department station on Ninth Street in Iron River, sponsored by the WIC volunteer firemen.

Fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. on the night of July 4 under the supervision of WIC

Fire Chief Alfred Perlongo and his volunteer firemen.

If there is inclement weather, fireworks will be at 10 p.m. on July 5.

This year, instead of a parade marshal, the Independence Day parade will be dedicated to the Iraq war veterans and their families for their victory in the Iraq war from 2003-2011.

The WSV Council will dedicate a future Fourth of July parade to specifically honor Afghanistan veterans.

Any Iraq war veterans are encouraged to either ride in the parade or march in either civilian or military attire.

Fireworks donations may be sent to: West Side Veterans Council, P.O. Box 433, Iron River, MI 49935 or leave a donation with any of the veterans organizations.


A flag-raising ceremony near the Village Hall will kick off the Fourth of July program at 9 a.m. in Alpha. The Alpha-Mastodon Fire Department raises the flag as the Forest Park Marching Band plays.

The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. Top prizes go to the best-trimmed bikes and best costumes.

Free ice cream cones and Crackerjack is available after the parade. Concessions, brats, hot dogs, soda, and beer will be available at the pavilion, located in the park north of Village Hall.

There will be games and entertainment throughout the day.

A pasty sale and pie social will also be held at the Alpha Senior Center, starting at 9 a.m.

Forest Park's Pom Danz Team will hold a bake sale.

The Alpha Museum will hold an open house from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A fireworks display, hosted by the Alpha-Mastodon Fire Department's trained and certified pyrotechnics team, will be held at dusk.


Amasa's Fourth of July events start at 9 a.m. with an ecumenical hymn at Grace United Methodist Church. A flag-raising ceremony at Hemlock River Park takes place at 10 a.m., followed by the kids parade and games.

A flea market and estate sale will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church.

Lunch is at noon at the fire hall. Bethany Lutheran Church members and Amasa firemen will serve the meal. Cotton candy and snow cones will be available at the museum. Tours will be available during the day.

The annual softball game starts at 2 p.m. at the old school yard.


The Ski-Ters Water Ski Club will present a Fourth of July show at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Vagabond Park. Admission is free.


Hilbert Lake Association fireworks are scheduled for 10 p.m. Saturday, July 7. Town park admission stickers are required.

Lisa M. Hoffmann's e-mail address is



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