Fourth of July plans readied

IRON COUNTY—While the calendar says it’s going to be a mid-week Independence Day this year, the Fourth of July will still be the center of attention in Iron River, Alpha and Amasa this Wednesday.
    The big holiday plans follow:
    Iron River
    The Fourth of July parade steps off at 10 a.m. from the West Iron County High School parking lot. (Registration starts at 8 a.m.)
    The route is north on Washington Avenue to Genesee Street, then west on Genesee to Seventh Avenue, where it will disband.
    Registration starts at the high school at 8 a.m. World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans are asked to report to the staging area at about 9:30 to get on their designated floats. After the parade, vets can be picked up at the Pasty Corner.
    Categories are as follows: adult organizations, non-profit organizations, municipalities (fire departments, towns, chambers), commercial-industrial, youth organizations, horses (individuals and groups), non-motorized decorated bikes (boys, girls and adults), farm tractors, comic (kids-adults) and classic/antique vehicles.
    Prizes will be awarded after the parade, with $50, $30 and $20 for each category except the bikes, which have prizes of $10, $8 and $6. The reviewing stand will be along Genesee Street.
    After the parade, the West Iron County Fire Department will host children’s races outside the fire hall on Ninth Avenue, a few blocks north of U.S. 2. There also is a watermelon eating contest, and the firefighters will also be giving away ice cream bars to all visitors.
    As daylight fades away, crowds will gather for the annual fireworks display, which starts at about 10 p.m. The West Iron County firemen launch the fireworks from the north end of Stambaugh Airport, and there are plenty of great places to enjoy the show.
    The West Side Veterans Council, which organizes the events, thanks all individuals and businesses for their continued support of its community programs.
    Alpha
    Alpha’s big holiday celebration takes place in front of the old Porter School and at the Alpha Circle.
    The busy day starts at noon at the Village Hall with a flag-raising ceremony by the East
Side Veterans Council, followed by the children’s parade at the Alpha Circle.
    There is free ice cream and Crackerjack, along with a giant thunder extreme kids obstacle course. Kids games also include an egg toss, coin scramble and races.
    The Chris Kuzak Band will be entertaining immediately after the parade, with hot food and cold drinks available.
    At 3 p.m., tours of the Aspirus MedEvac helicopter will be available.
    The Fourth of July wraps up with a fireworks show at dusk, staged by the Alpha-Mastodon Volunteer Fire Department.
    The Alpha Fourth of July events are presented by the Alpha-Mastodon Volunteer Fire Department.
    Amasa
    The Fourth of July events in Amasa start with a hymn sing at 9 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church. Coffee and rolls will be served at the fire station/township hall.
    At 10 a.m., a flag raising takes place at Hemlock River Park, just south of the downtown area on U.S. 141. That will be followed by children’s games and a kiddie parade.
    After the parade, food, beverages, ice cream and Crackerjack will be served at the fire hall by the Amasa-Hematite Township Fire Department and the Amasa Fireflies.
    At 2 p.m., the Amasa Historical Society will select winners of its annual raffle at the Amasa Historical Museum. Cotton candy will be available at the museum.
    The annual community softball game at the Amasa ball field starts at 2 p.m.