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Make the Most of Your Fourth Up North

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So you made the decision months ago...you are packing up the family and heading to northern Michigan for the Fourth of July weekend. Yeah!!! I must say, you are in for a memorable time in a beautiful all-American setting. Now here is a little advice from a local of how to make the most of your weekend!

Let me warn you, I am about to overwhelm you with options and fill your itinerary to the max with must-do and must-see activities. You can pick and choose from this all inclusive list centered around our resort and forgive me if I miss anything. Here we go!

Friday, July 3

  • Wake up and enjoy a nice breakfast at Everett's.
  • 8:30am - If you are an early riser, make the trek to Petoskey and indulge on fresh produce at the Downtown Petoskey Farmers Market.
  • 10am - Take a stroll through Boyne City's Waterside Art and Crafts Show in Veterans Park where you can pick up some handmade Michigan goodness.
  • Noon - It's time for lunch and to cool off, we recommend taking a seat on the outdoor patio at the Beach House Restaurant on Deer Lake, then make a run for the lake. If the water is too cool, grab a paddleboard or kayak (FREE for resort lodging guests) for a little adventure.
  • Time to get cleaned up for dinner. After a quick shower, spend some time relaxing in the courtyard. The kids can play some lawn games while you enjoy an adult beverage from the Alpen Hut (outdoor bar).
  • Dinner - We have lots of choices at the resort, just depends on what you are in the mood for.
  • 7:30pm - Head to Bay Harbor to hear the Petoskey Steel Drum band performance before their HUGE (it is Bay Harbor after-all) fireworks display over Little Traverse Bay.
  • You just had a fantastic day!

Saturday, July 4 - Happy Fourth of July!

  • Wake up, it's going to be an awesome day!
  • 6:30am - Take an early morning run! Get registered for the 39th annual Independence Day Run in Boyne City. 
  • 9am - Grab breakfast at the Eagle's Hall annual breakfast in Boyne City or hit up the Farmer's Market at Old City Park.
  • 10am - The first parade of the day kicks off in Boyne City. Sit back (don't forget your blanket or chair), relax, and enjoy the festivities.
  • 11:30am - Don't miss the Children's Pie-Eating Contest in Veterans Park, on the waterfront. While you are there, buy a pie!
  • Noon - Grab lunch downtown and stop by the Chamber's office to purchase some tickets for the 25th Annual Rubber Duck Race.
  • 2:30pm - Watch those rubber ducks float down the Boyne River and hope that you have a winner! 
  • Time to rest up for a festive evening. Relax in the courtyard or sit poolside while you catch your breath.
  • 6pm - If you are a parade lover, now is your chance to take in the sights and sounds of the Petoskey Fourth of July parade complete with a performance from the Petoskey Steel Drum Band, Young Americans, and more.
  • Dinner - Who has time to eat?! Just kidding, there is no shortage of dinner options on- or off-property. Bonus of eating at the resort, enjoy an after-dinner s'more around the fire in the courtyard, then take the family on a wagon ride and scenic chairlift ride to the Eagle's Nest.
  • Sunset - Make your way to the Petoskey waterfront to take in a "Million Dollar Sunset" or head to the Beach House for a spectacular evening glow. Either way, you won't be disappointed! 
  • Dusk - Petoskey fireworks shoot off over Little Traverse Bay.
  • 10:30pm - Boyne City fireworks light up the skies over Lake Charlevoix.
  • 11:30pm-2am - Dance the night away at the Snowflake Lounge with DJ Bill da Cat.
  • Go to sleep!

This is a surefire way to have the best Fourth of July ever!!! I honestly think that a very motivated person could make it happen just the way I laid it out for you...if that's not you, I am sure you'll manage to make the day your own and one to remember. 

I left out Sunday. Sunday would be the perfect time to snuggle in a little closer to your loved ones and reflect how fortunate we are to celebrate our freedoms in such a spectacular place. 

Happy Fourth of July, may it be the best weekend ever!

xoxo,

Kari

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