Friday, June 29, 2012

July 4, 2012

I have found a lot of activities to keep you and your family busy for the Independence Day Holiday.  There is so much going on, and I’m sure I have not found everything yet! I’m going to keep looking for fun Independence Day activities, so be sure and check back to see any updates.  I’ll report back when I find more the parades, fireworks and anything else offered by the various towns for a good time.

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List of Events:
·         Independence Celebration – New Buffalo, MI, July 3 – 8, 2012

·         Red, White and Blues, Round Barn, Baroda, MI – June 30

·         Watervliet Annual Independence Celebration, Fri. June 29 – Sun. July 1

·         Deep Fried Pickle Project – Wed. July 4 

Watervliet Annual Independence Celebration
Schedule of Events 2012

Friday June 29, 2012
Sidewalk Sales
Food & Craft Vendors throughout downtown – 4:00 pm
Youth Parade Line up @ City Hall – 5:00 pm
Youth Parade on Main St. downtown – 6:00 pm
Youth Parade Awards @ Beaches & Cream parking lot – 6:45 pm
Photo Booth on Main St. – 5:00 pm-10:30 pm
Teen Tent & Dance @ Beaches & Cream parking lot – 7:00 pm-10:30 pm

Saturday June 30, 2012

Sidewalk Sales
Pancake Breakfast @ Fire Dept – 7-11:00 am
Bednarowski Run sign up @ North School – 6:45 am
Bednarowski Children's Fun Run @ North School – 7:30 am
Bednarowski 5K Run/Walk@ North School – 8:00 am
Farmers Market @ City Hall parking lot – 8:00 am-1:00 pm
SWMI Car Collectors Show @ Main St. parking lot – 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Watervliet Twp.Cemetery Tour (Corner of Co. Line Rd. & Red Arrow Hwy.)
     Hosted by No. Berrien Historical Museum – 9:00 am-10:00 am
Food & Craft Vendors throughout downtown –  9:00 am-closing
Photo Booth on Main St. – 10:00 am-11:00 pm
Kids Games downtown – 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Firecracker Coronation Library Park – 11:00 am
Beer & Wine Tent @ Beaches & Cream parking lot – 11:00 am-Midnight
Bean Bag Tournament @ Beaches & Cream parking lot – 11:00 am
Dunk Tank (wrestlers & cheerleaders) in downtown – 11:00 am
Grand Parade on Main St. Downtown – 1:00 pm
Music Entertainment by Exit 41 at Beer Tent – 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Kids Scavenger Hunt @ City Hall. – 2:00 pm
Rec. Council Concession @ Hayes Park – 5:00 pm-11:00 pm
Home Run Derby @ Hayes Park – 5:00 pm
House of David Echoes vs. Bloomer Girls II Vintage Ball Game – 6:30 pm
DJ & Dancing in beer tent – 7:00 pm-12:00 am
Fireworks @ Hayes Park – 10:30 pm
Pancakes @ Sidetrack Cafe in downtown – 11:00 pm-3:00 am

Sunday July 1, 2012
Sunrise Church Service @ Beaches & Cream parking lot

by River of Life Church – 7:00 am
Ping Pong Ball Drop @ Watervliet Airport – 1:00 pm
Photo Booth on Main St – 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Duck Race @ Mill Creek in Flaherty Park – 2:00 pm
Tri City Talent Contest @ Beaches & Cream parking – 2:30 pm
Water Ball Tournament @ Fire Dept. on Pleasant St –  3:00 pm
All Times and Events Subject to Change

Give your support!
Buy your Duck Race Tickets $5.00 each
Sale of tickets pay for fireworks

Round Barn Winery and Distillery Reds, Whites and Blues
Fun for the whole family!

Saturday, June 30 2012 and Sunday, July 1  - 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Round Barn Tasting Room and Estate Winery, 10983 Hills Road, Baroda, MI 49101
Phone: 800-716-9463

Start off the holiday weekend at our two-day event celebrating our brewery operation and, of course, Independence Day. With eight craft-brews on draft, we invite you to tip back your preferred micro-brew as you soak up the sun and jam to live music all weekend long. We'll also be serving up wine and DiVine drinks that complement food served from the Cafe. The kids will have a ball jumping in the bounce house, taking a hayride in the vineyard, and playing cornhole.

Bring along your lawn chairs and sun umbrellas, but not coolers or outside food and beverages.  Mr. Blotto will be performing on Saturday at 4:00 pm.

P.S. Dump Your Boyfriend will be performing on Sunday at 4:30 pm.


New Buffalo, MI

Tuesday 3rd

·         Sand Pirate at New Buffalo Beach from 10-2:00 EST-

·         Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra sponsored by The Pokagon Fund begins at 8:30 pm EST at Lions Park across from the New Beach

·         Independence Day Fireworks sponsored by The Pokagon Fund begins at 10:10 pm EST

Wednesday 4th

Happy 4th of July!!

·         Stand Up Paddleboard Demo! Location: 110-C Whittaker St., New Buffalo. Website:  Phone: 888-932-4575. Third Coast Surf Shop hosts this free annual event. Come out and try it! 

Thursday 5th

·         Volleyball Exhibition at the beach offered by EVP tour 11-4 pm EST-Watch the pro’s or compete yourself in an amateur competition!

·         Music at the Beach 5 O’Clock Somewhere on the deck of the concession stand8:00 pm EST rain date July 6th

Friday 6th

·         Board Demos at Beach by Third Coast Surf Shop 11-2 pm EST-Learn how to stand-up paddle board

·         FREE Giant Titanic Slide at Lion’s Park across from the beach by Slide Crazy from 11-5 pm EST-FREE rides all day! Sponsored by Harbor Grand and Marina Grand Resort

Saturday 7th---

·         FREE Outdoor Family Movie at the Lighthouse on the beach
Thursday July 5th at 9:45 pm provided by St. John United Church of Christ
Please come bring your family, your blankets, and chairs for a wonderful night for all to enjoy! 

Deep Fried Pickle Project

Wednesday, July 4, 12:00 pm

Bring a lunch and join us at the John E. N. Howard Bandshell for our Brown Bag Concerts sponsored by Jimmy John's!


Dowagiac, MI • Big Foot Parade
Saturday, July 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm
Parade begins at Lions Park and travels to Sister Lake Elementary School.

New Buffalo, MI
Jul 4, 2012
Time: 12:00 AM
Location: Lakeside Park, at Red Arrow Hwy
Phone: 269-469-4859
Uncle Sam encourages you to bring your pet, decorate a bike, wave a flag, experience patriotic fun for the kids, and grab a popsicle! Red, white, & blue fun for the whole family! Bicycle Decoration Prize & Ribbons for: 6 and under; 7-8 year olds; 9-10 year olds. A family extravaganza! 

Saugatuck, MI
July 4, 2:00 pm
Downtown on Butler Street

South Haven, MI
July 4, 11:00 am

The annual parade through downtown features local marching bands, pageant winners, patriotic floats, fire trucks & lots of candy!

Watervliet, MI
June 30, 1:00 pm
Kickoff on Main Street 

I found this really great website, that not only lists 4th of July fireworks, but, other events that have fireworks! It’s listed by date, town or county.

Baroda, MI
Date: July 3, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Downtown Baroda American Legion Post 345 

Dowagiac, MI • Dowagiac Fireworks display
Saturday, July 30, 2012 at dusk

New Buffalo, MI
Date: July 3, 2012 at Dusk
Where: New Buffalo Beach - 100 Marquette Drive

Niles, MI
Date: July 3, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Apple Festival Fair Grounds

Saugatuck, MI
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Over Kalamazoo River
in Saugatuck, Michigan 49453

South Haven, MI
Date: July 3, 2012 at Dusk
Where: South Pier over Lake Michigan
in South Haven, Michigan 49090

St. Joseph, MI
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Shot off the North Pier Lighthouse. Silver Beach; Lake Street

Watervliet, MI
Date: June 30, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Hayes Park; 700 N. Main St

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