Big Parade Brings Thousands to Schoolcraft

By Tanner White

Schoolcraft’s 4th of July celebration, one of the largest in southwest Michigan, draws thousands of spectators from Michigan and beyond with its time-honored traditions.
What causes the population to explode during these festivities?

One of the more spectacular facets of the 4th of July celebration is the parade.

Participants line up beginning at 10 a.m., the parade steps off at 11. The route extends from Eliza St. to the corner of Clay and 14th, a distance of about two miles. An estimated 10,000 people view the parade every year. An event that fun for the whole family, the parade often consists of over 100 organizations and other entries.

Equally as exciting as the parade is the annual firework display, held at Schoolcraft High School. The display is set to begin at 10 p.m. and lasts approximately 20 minutes. Crowds often surround the high school for miles in every direction, with each viewer seeking the perfect location to watch the spectacle. Arriving early is recommended to ensure the best close-up view.

Ultimately, the entire Independence Day celebration is a time for family, friends, and fun. The most common factors cited as attractions to the festivities are the friendly nature of Schoolcraft locals and the huge variety of activities to suit visitors of all ages. Visit Schoolcraft this 4th of July and be a part of the celebration.

Dine and Listen to Music at the American Legion Hall

American Legion Post 475 of Schoolcraft has big activities for this 4th of July celebration, according to Post Commander Dan Vansweden. “This year we are again offering our traditional favorite barbecue chicken and ribs with sides and drinks from noon until 4 p.m., in both indoor and outdoor dining facilities. This year’s entertainment will feature the live band Latitude who will be playing their country-blues-classic rock sound from 1-5 p.m.” An outdoor inflatable obstacle course will be available for kids as well as an outside beer tent for the adults. The Legion post offers two air-conditioned levels with bars and dining open to the public.

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