SOUTH RANGE – From a flea market to fireworks, people filled the streets of South Range for the first July 4th celebration in two years.
“It was exciting,” said Michael Renier, chairman of the South Range July 4th committee. “When I was walking the parade route with the kids’ bikes, I had a big smile on my face. “
Saturday’s festivities included races and children’s games at the Veterans Memorial Park. The biggest draw was the Main Street parade. Renier estimated that around 2,000 people came out to see fire trucks, army vehicles and other entrances.
Jolena Benson of Adams Township watched the parade with her children, who dyed their hair blue to match the color theme of the day.
“It feels good to be outside” she said. “We can celebrate America. That’s why we’re here, right? To teach young people what is important.
The South Range Fire Department received first place and most patriotic in the parade; The Adams Township Fire Department was named a finalist.
“It’s nice to have everything back to normal” said Darren Niemi of the Adams Township Fire Department. “There is something for the kids and everyone. This is the whole story. Not as crowded as usual, but it’s cool. Much nicer than last year.
A flag raising ceremony was held at 8 a.m. Other events included a horseshoe tournament after the parade and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., live music.
“It was very entertaining and people were dancing on the main street” said Rénier.
This year’s July 4 celebration benefited from new voices, Renier said; this year’s committee had five new members. For the first time, South Range has added a flea market to the July 4th celebration. Renier estimated he had 300 buyers.
Keweenaw Brewing Company offered a tour of its brewery, while people could also see the Copper Range Museum and historic photos of South Range.
The day ended with a fireworks display at the Veterans Memorial Park.
“The final of the fireworks display was certainly very entertaining” said Rénier. “We spent more money on the fireworks this year, so it was worth it in the end.”
Benson enjoyed having so much to see.
“I like that there is variety and it’s not just the parade”, she said. “And they have the best fireworks.”
On Monday, committee members and vendors agreed the day was a success, Renier said. The Foreign Wars Veterans Post sold all of its 300 Chicken Dinners, while the South Range Pub was also successful with its cornhole tournament.
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