November 22, 2019

County gearing up for Fourth of July fun


OGEMAW COUNTY — There will be no shortage of things to do for residents and visitors to the area for the Fourth of July holiday, as the communities of Rose City, West Branch and Mills Township all have their annual celebrations scheduled.

Rose City

The Rose City Lions Club and Rose City/Lupton Festival and Events Committee will be sponsoring the annual Fourth of July Festival, with events planned to keep attendees entertained throughout the day July 4. The fishing derby will kick off the celebration at the Rose City Park, at the back pavilion in the trailer park. Kids 14 and younger can register from 10 a.m. to noon, and the derby will begin at noon.

Later in the day, at 4 p.m., the Rose City parade will head down M-33 to Rose City Park, with lineup starting at Casemaster Drive at 2:30 p.m. The theme this year is Mardi Gras. Cash prizes will be awarded for beauty, originality and best theme. A prior application was required to participate.

Immediately following the parade, kids can sign up for a free pedal tractor pull, and other kids games will follow with opportunities to win prizes and trophies. The festival will also feature music, food and drinks and a bake sale. The day will then wrap up with fireworks at Rose City Park at dusk.

West Branch

The city of West Branch will be hosting its 35th annual Independence Day parade July 4 with the theme of “Patriotic Farming.” The parade will begin at 6 p.m., with lineup at 4:30 p.m. at South Valley Street and Griffin by the Smiley Tower. The parade will travel down Houghton Avenue and end at Eighth Street. A prior application was required to participate.

Awards will be given for “overall outstanding in parade,” “outstanding parade float” and “outstanding theme.” A photo must be sent to by July 8, and winners will be announced July 12.

Fireworks will take place later in the day where they have previously been set off, by M-30 near the industrial park.

Mills Township

As it historically has done, Mills Township will be hosting its Fourth of July celebration on a Saturday, this year July 6. The parade will begin at 11 a.m., with lineup at 10 a.m. The parade route will begin at Skunk Hollow and end at the Skidway Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, where trophies will be awarded to floats for different categories.

That night, fireworks will be shot off at Newman Park.


Residents also have the chance to get some exercise in while supporting the annual Sage Lake fireworks at the Sage Lake Firecracker 5K July 6.

The 3.1-mile run/walk will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the intersection of Maple and Kenyon roads. 5K participants will receive a race bib, shirt and participation medal. The race will be timed, and medals will be given to the male and female winners.

Prior to the 5K, a 0.8-mile run for kids ages 4-10 will be held at 8:45 a.m. Each child can be accompanied by one parent or guardian, and they will receive a race bib and finishing medal.

People can also participate in the Zero K, which means they can still support the fireworks and receive a T-shirt without walking or running.

Raffles will be held after the race, in which registered 5K participants receive one free ticket.

Pre-registration for the 5K is $25 for adults and $15 for kids. The Zero K is $20 and the youth fun run is $10. Race-day registration for the 5K is $30, with no guarantee of a shirt. Online pre-registration is open until July 1 at

Parking at the event is limited, so participants are encouraged to carpool.

The Sage Lake fireworks display will occur that night, July 6, at dusk.


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