A line of fellows focus on their shots while trying to “Sink the Bismarck” in the Mill Pond next to Playground Park. Reagan Zimmerman photo
by Ariana Hones
As people around the United States gear up to celebrates America’s birthday to remember the freedoms both won and still fighting for, and be surrounded by friends and family, there is no shortage of activities in the local area.
July 4th will kick off bright and early at the Green Lake American Legion building for a Fourth of July pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. sponsored by the American Legion.
Breakfast will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, apple sauce, juice, milk, coffee, as well as the opportunity to purchase alcoholic beverages such as mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Following breakfast, people can head over to Playground Park, where the American Legion will hold the “Sink the Bismarck.”
Participants will attempt to hit a golf ball into a row boat on the lake; the lucky ones who accomplish this feat will win a “Sink the Bismarck” T-shirt.
At 12:45 p.m., boaters of Green Lake can participate in the “boat parade,” which is open to anyone wanting to find festive camaraderie with other boaters on Green Lake.
The Green Lake Chamber of Commerce will sponsor games and activities at Deacon Mills, as well as food and treats from noon to 9 p.m.
For those wanting to relax in the shade, Dan Braaksma will play melodious tunes from noon to 4 p.m. and The Presidents will follow him from 5 to 9 p.m.
Those hoping to be more active may partake in the craft and vendor fair from 10 to 3 p.m. in Playground Park.
Following the fair at 3 p.m. will be the famous duck races, where participants may buy rubber ducks, and the race will start once they are dropped by net into the dam.
Ducks may be purchased at the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Adam’s Rib, Sassafras and the Chamber booth at Deacon Mills July 4th.
The Fourth of July Parade will begin at 4 p.m. with a flyover from a KC-135 stratotanker. The parade route will go from the county fairgrounds to Hill Street, Lake Street,
South Street and then Mill Street.
The day will conclude with fireworks starting at dusk over the water.
Princeton festivities are set for Saturday, June 30 beginning at 4:30 p.m. in City Park.
The evening will include family-friendly activities, entertainment by the fire department, a beer tent, 50/50 raffle and close proximity to Water Street for those looking for unique fashions and gifts.
The Dave Steffens Band will play from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Fireworks will follow at dusk.
Berlin’s celebration will take place Tuesday, July 3 at Riverside Park in the North Shelter House from 4 to 11:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the ABC group for Achieving a Better Community, the day will include live music, a farmer and artisan market, food and alcohol vendors, as well as kids games.
From 4 to 7 p.m., Double Down band will play and from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Billy Shears will perform.
Activities for kids will include a coin dig and a bouncy house. At dusk, the city fireworks will begin. Campsites also are available for those who want to spend the night.
Marquette will host its 18th-annual Independence Day Celebration Saturday, July 7.
The festivities will begin with a parade at 11 a.m. A horse pull, in addition to a pie and ice cream social, will follow starting at 11:30 a.m.
Other activities include a silent auction from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., when winning bids will be awarded and fireworks at dusk. A rain date is set for Sunday, July 8.
The Marquette Fire Department also will be cooking up brats, hamburgers and hot dogs throughout the day.
Celebrations will take place July 4th with fireworks lighting up the sky starting at dusk at Murray Park.