Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fourth of July Parade in Copper Harbor MI

Keep this image in mind; you will see more of it later in the blog.

Copper Harbor MI is a very small town (with less than 100 year-round inhabitants but lots more in the summer) which sits just at the tip of the Keweenaw, about 4 miles from our house.  It consists of about 3 blocks (plus side streets). Every year it has a parade that celebrates Independence Day.  It is  very much Americana.  See for yourself.

The parade starts with its Grandmaster and various town and county vehicles, such as fire trucks and their like.

These are followed by people on trucks, plows, motor-cycles; staff from restaurants: or kids just wanting to be in a parade.

After the parade of transportation comes the first "act":  The Boy Scouts.  This contingent included two flags and a dog; jugglers; amplified music;  banjo-players; scouts holding up their paddles: and a couple of kids riding in a canoe hoisted on four guys' shoulders, rowing in the air.

They were followed by more vehicles, Fort Wilkins re-enactors, and people on strange cycles,

Finally, at the end  of the parade, the last act and piece-de-resistance:  The Copper Harbor Ukulele Group, or C.H.U.G.  (Those of you who read this blog with some regularity will recognize some familiar faces.)  They stirred the crowd with This Land is My Land  (sung to their own Copper Harbor-inspired lyrics) and America the Beautiful.  

It was the best Fourth of July I have ever had!  Bravo Copper Harbor!



  1. Was that Tony on the unicycle?

  2. I do love a parade. Especially one that is home grown.