Menominee joins in the fun with parade, music and fireworks
Thursday, July 04, 2013 7:00 PM
MENOMINEE - America's 237th birthday didn't go unnoticed in the city of Menominee. Residents gathered at Great Lakes Memorial Park to enjoy a children's parade, live music and of course a spectacular fireworks display.
Fireworks light up Menominee’s Great Lakes Memorial Marina after Crooked Creek played Thursday for the Fourth of July celebration.
The event was made possible in large part by a private donation for the fireworks.
"There's so many people to thank; Dave and Heidi Doll for putting on the fireworks, the band, (Crooked Creek) is sponsored by First National Bank and Fairway food gave us ice cream treats for the kids," said event organizer Nancy Douglas.
The parade was led by Menominee's finest, followed by kids of all ages. Some dressed up in costume, others carried American flags and still others just walked the route down 1st Street from 6th to 8th Avenue.
This is the first time in many years that a Fourth of July event has been held in Menominee. Marinette hosted the event in the past while Menominee focused on its Waterfront Festival in August. The Logging & Heritage Festival replaced Independence Day celebrations causing some in the community to clamor for its return. That's when the Dolls stepped forward to pave the way to make it happen.
The City of Menominee enlisted the help of its Auxiliary Police, the Department of Public Works, Recreation Department and volunteer help from council members, the Waterfront Festival fireworks crew and others.
"The Recreation Department is doing an outstanding job making fun for our young people," said Mayor Jean Stegeman. "Joanie Kosewski and her girls are absolutely incredible."
Clear skies, 75 degrees and light south to southwest winds made for a pleasant evening.
"It's unbelievably beautiful down here," said Douglas as sail and powerboats criss-crossed the near shore area of the bay. "It's fun to watch people roll in, set up their chairs and put down their blankets. It's fun."
Jennifer Alley of Marinette was just glad somebody was celebrating the Fourth of July.
"The kids wanted to have fun," she said. And they did. Her 9-year-old daughter Majenta is a big fan of fireworks. What's her favorite part?
"When they explode and show all the colors," she exclaimed. Majenta said she also enjoyed the music but wasn't going to get up and dance.
That was OK with Todd Thoune, vocalist and lead guitar player for Crooked Creek.
"It's really an honor to play down here for these special events," he said. "I grew up here watching guys like Gerry (Cain) and other bands play. It feels special now to be a part of that all these years later."
The event was a much smaller version of the city's popular Waterfront Festival which takes place this year Aug. 1-4. Douglas said she was encouraged by the effort of all those who helped put it on and the size of the crowd that showed up.
"I think it's past due and I think it's pretty cool to have it here," she said. "It's the first time in a long time. We're hoping to learn some things this year."
The celebration also gave many downtown businesses a reason to be happy as many more patrons stopped in for lunch and dinner or to shop. After the fireworks, several night spots continued the party with live music of their own.