By Anna McNeill
Clare County has a lot of fun things in store for residents and visitors alike. From the traditional fireworks displays that Americans have come to expect to cowboys taking over downtown Clare, there is a little bit of old and new events taking place in Clare County this 4 of July holiday.
Harrison will be hosting fireworks through the Chamber of Commerce on July 3 at dusk following the Demolition Derby. The Derby will begin at the Grandstands at 7 p.m. costing only $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 and under. The fireworks will be set off after the event. Setting the fireworks off from the Grandstand’s open field makes it easy to see the display from many locations throughout Harrison.
On Friday July 4 the annual 4th of July Parade will take place with line up starting at 9:30 a.m. and the parade starting at 11 a.m. Lineup is at the fairgrounds. The parade will leave the fairgrounds, travel east on Fairlane then go south onto N. Clare Ave. turning west onto M-61 hen north on Westlawn and back to the fairgrounds.
Entry into the parade is free. For more information you can contact the Harrison Chamber of Commerce at (989) 539-6011 or email at http://www.harrisonchamber.com.
Farwell 4th of July celebration will be Saturday, July 5 at the Farwell fairgrounds. Starting at 7:30 p.m. the U.S.A. figure 8 derby will be held with fireworks to follow. You can visit www.usademoderby.com for more info.
The Farwell Farmers Market will also be hosting a scavenger hunt on Saturday, July 5 starting at 10 a.m. Each participant will receive 10 goodies from ice cream, free bowling, school supplies, for adults and children.
Clare will be a buzz with Wild West activities and music in the park.
Thursday, July 3 the Harpers will be playing at the City Park from 6 to 8 p.m. as a part of the summer concert series put on by Clare’s Parks and Recreation Department along with local businesses.
After a night of music, wake up on Friday, July 4 and go back into the Wild West because it is coming to downtown Clare.
The Lone Ranger, John Wayne and other famous cowboys will be bringing robbers to justice throughout the day and there will also be free reigning demonstrations by Rob Petree and Farrah on 4th Street at 10 a.m., look for them next to the Depot.
There will be a buckaroo contest at the Clare City Park at 11 a.m. where boys and girls can dress up like cowboys and cowgirls to win prizes! The age groups are: ages 1 to 3, 4 to 6 and 7 to 9 and a boy and girl from each age group will be chosen as the winners!
The Clare County Mounted Police will be giving a crowd control demonstration on 4th Street at 4:30 p.m. Cowboy Fare will be provided by the Minor Diner at Clare City Park.
For more information on these fun events and more, contact the Clare Area Chamber of Commerce at (989) 386-2442 or visit their website at www.clearlyclaremi.com.
There is plenty of fun to be had this holiday season between the three major cities of Clare County, so bring your lawn chairs, friends and family up to the playground of the north and enjoy some traditional 4 of July fun and try something new!