Parades, fireworks and more scheduled for 4th of July weekend in Mecosta and Osceola counties

Here’s where to find things to do in Mecosta and Osceola counties

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This year, on the 4th of July, there are many activities offered to families during the celebration of the annual holiday.

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MECOSTA – This year there are a number of local activities for families that celebrate the annual holiday. Check out some of the events happening around Mecosta and Osceola County over the holiday weekend and get ready.

big rapids

  • BR Jaycees: Light Up The Sky Fireworks 10:25 p.m. June 2 at Mecosta County Fairgrounds, $5 parking at Big Rapids Airport and Mecosta County Fairgrounds

Village of Mecosta

  • Vintage Car Show: 4-6 p.m., Friday, July 1, Morton Township Library parking lot, 110 S. James Street, Mecosta. No cost
  • Music on the River, featuring Elvis tribute artist Jake Slater: 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Bromley Park, 395 W. Main St., Mecosta. No cost.
  • Village of Mecosta July 4 Independence Day Parade: 11 am Monday, July 4, in downtown Mecosta. Line up at 10 a.m. on South Franklin Street. No cost.
  • Village of Mecosta 4th of July Fireworks: Twilight (around 10 p.m.) Monday, July 4, in downtown Mecosta.

Morley


  • 4th of July Ceremony at the Morley Community Center: 11 a.m. Monday, July 4 at the Morley Community Center, 151 7th St., Morley. Three local veterans will recount their experience in Vietnam, as well as the unveiling of a pedestrian suspension bridge over the Little Muskegon River in honor of Lt. Col. Donald Odell.

Lake Chippewa

  • Chippewa Lake Fireworks Show: Dusk (approximately 10:15 p.m.) Saturday, July 2 at Chippewa Lake, Chippewa Township. There will be flares around the lake show before the fireworks. No cost.
  • July 4 Boat Parade: 1 p.m. Sunday, July 3 at Chippewa Lake, Chippewa Township. Decorate your boat and parade on the lake.

Barryton

  • American Legion for a Salute to the Flag and Hot Dog Roast: Noon Monday, July 4 at Gerald Pitts American Legion Post No. 473.

Evart

friday july 1st

  • Treasure hunt: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Evart Depot
  • Stamp Collector: at the post office in Evart during opening hours

Saturday July 2

  • Farmer’s Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Evart Depot
  • Stamps & Collector Postcards: at the Peasant Market in Evart
  • Ice Cream Social: 1 to 4 p.m. United Methodist Church
  • Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show: 1-3 p.m. on Main Street near Guyton Park. Bring your vehicle and join the fun.
  • Collectible postage stamp: 1 p.m. on Main Street
  • Pie contest
  • Historic Evart Tour: 3pm-5pm Depart Guyton Park
  • Corn Hole tournament: 3 p.m., online registration https://form.jotform.com/2216630814,150
  • Playground: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Main Street
  • Bob Marshall Band: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at Evart Depot

Sunday July 3

monday july 4th

  • SK Poker Run: 8:30 a.m. at Evart Elementary School
  • July 4 Parade: 11 a.m.
  • 4th of July Activities and Dining: 11:30 a.m. at the Osceola County Fairgrounds

NEARLY 50 MILLION EXPECTED TO TRAVEL

A day often filled with family gatherings, beach time or parades, the 4th of July is a day many look forward to as summer approaches.

According to the Library of Congress, in the 1870s, July 4 was the most important secular holiday on the calendar. Congress passed an act making Independence Day a federal holiday on June 28, 1870. Even communities furthest from the western border rallied on Independence Day.

Fast forward to today, and summer travel is already in full swing. Independence Day will be no exception as AAA predicts 47.9 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home over the holiday weekend. This is a 3.7% increase from 2021, bringing travel volumes just below those seen in 2019.

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