Wondering what to do, where to go, and what to see this year in Alpena on 4th of July weekend? You’ve come to the right place! Here is our list of everything (that we know of) happening for the public this year:
Coffee & Cars – Coffee and Cars is a casual event from 8 am – 12 pm for those who own classic cars and want to get out and enjoy Downtown Alpena on Saturday mornings with others that share their interests. To participate as a car collector, drive your classic or collectible car downtown and park anywhere within the district. Grab a coffee from Cabin Creek or Biggby and hang out downtown, walk around to find the other cars, duck into a few stores to do some shopping, or just enjoy your coffee on a picnic table in Culligan Plaza or along Second Ave.
Long Lake Lights Festival – Long Lake Lights Fest is back to light up the sky over Long Lake! Pre-fireworks show with the Ellers from 2 pm – 5 pm at the barge on the Long Lake Sandies (watercraft needed to attend this portion). Then grab dinner and drinks at The Sand Bar & Grill with touring CMA artist Donald Benjamin and his band with an outdoor concert (no watercraft needed!) 7 pm – 12 am. Last but not least, the fireworks show will begin at dusk at The Sand Bar & Grill over Long Lake. You can find out more about the festival and changes that have been made this year on their website https://www.longlakelightsfestival.com/.
Fourth of July Parade – Starting at 1 pm this year. The 4th of July Parade will be taking a different route than previous years. The parade will kick off at Besser Company on Johnson Street, head to Oldfield Street and Ninth Avenue, before following Ninth Ave to Chisholm Street. The parade will then turn from Chisholm onto Second Avenue, head down Fletcher Street, and end at the parking lot by the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Sandcastle Contest at Starlite Beach – The sandcastle contest, sponsored by The Alpena News, is also back this year! Registration starts at 8 am if you would like to participate. Sandcastle judging begins at 3:30 pm with winner announcements at 4 pm.
Rubber Duck Race – Purchase tickets at the parade (listed above) or at the 9th St. bridge to win prizes! Rubber duck race will be held at the 9th St. bridge at 3 pm. Sponsored by The Alpena Optimist Club.
Fourth Fun in the Park at Red Brick Tap & Barrel – Starts at 11 am – 6 pm, enjoy an outdoor cash bar, DJ, yard games, and of course, delicious eats available for purchase at Red Brick Tap & Barrel!
City Band at the Band Shell – Bring some chairs and listen to the City Band play at the Band Shell in Bay View Park at 5 pm.
Rock Show Tribute with Tommy K. – True North Radio Network is bringing back Summer Concerts in the Park in 2021! Catch the Rock Show Tribute with Tommy K. at the Alpena Band Shell in Bay View Park at 7 pm.
Fourth of July Fireworks – Happening at dusk at Mich-e-ke-wis Beach on State St. Spectators are encouraged to view the fireworks from Starlite Beach, Thomson’s Beach, or Bay View Park/Band Shell. Bring chairs/blankets.
Concert at the Court Yard – Outdoor concert at Court Yard Restaurant in Alpena with Bobbing for Piranhas playing from 8 pm – 1 am.
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Happy 4th of July!