Visit the Manistee Forest Festival July 4th Weekend


The Manistee Forest Festival began as a way to celebrate and honor the Manistee National Forest, which encompasses over 480,000 acres. This is truly a "don't-miss" event for the entire family, and a great venue for making some wonderful summer memories.

The annual Manistee Forest Festival promises fun for the entire family. It's one of the largest 4th of July celebrations in the state, presented by the Manistee Chamber of Commerce since 1936.

Tens of thousands visit Manistee County for the Manistee Forest Festival, which features a Grand Parade, art exhibits, carnival rides, beach dances, tours, festival tent, fine arts/crafts show, and fireworks over Lake Michigan. The fun takes place in downtown Manistee and at the beach at both First Street and Fifth Avenue. Whether you visit the Manistee Forest Festival for just one day, or every day--there's always plenty of fun to go around!

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Manistee Forest Festival Highlights for 2016:

Festival Marketplace & Food Vendors.
T.J. Schmidt & Company Carnival.
Whispering Pines Animal Kingdom.
That's Entertainment: A History of Local Entertainment, Manistee County Historical Museum.
GPS Hike & Poker Run, Douglas Valley Winery.
Golf Outing, Manistee National Golf & Resort.
Forest Festival Book Sale, Library Book House.
Forest Bus Tour, from Veterans Memorial.
Wine in the Vines tours, Douglas Valley Winery.
Beach Buddies Kids Parade and Activities, First Street Softball Field.
Prince & Princess Pageant Ceremony, First Street Softball Field.
Customs-n-Classics Cruise Night.
Lions Club Fish Boil, First Street Beach.
Mock Rock Competition, Festival Entertainment Area.
"Free to Be...You and Me," Historic Ramsdell Theatre.
Rocking with the 80s concert with bands Wild Card and Clear Heels, Festival Entertainment Area.

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The Painted Lady Saloon
Firecracker 5k Run/Walk & 1k Fun Run, Manistee Middle/High School.
Customs-N-Classics Car Show, Douglas Park.
Manistee World of Arts & Crafts, Red Szymarek Park.
Annual Jiingtamok (Pow Wow), Tribal Gathering Grounds.
Journey Tribute concert and Lou Thunder, Festival Entertainment Area.
Pancake Breakfast, Manistee Armory.
Sandcastle Contest, Douglas Park.
Scottville Clown Band, Festival Entertainment Area.
Flag Raising Ceremony, Division & River streets.
Independence Day Parade.
Duck Race, Maple Street Bridge.

Events are subject to change. For a detailed, up-to-date schedule, call (231) 723-2575 or visit the Manistee Chamber of Commerce Forest Festival Page

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While you're in town for the Manistee Forest Festival, be sure to explore Manistee's 1.5 mile Manistee Riverwalk, the Historic Ramsdell Theatre, the Michigan Audubon Society Lake Bluff all the great fishing, boating, and golfing you'll find in this area along Lake Michigan.

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For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:

Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.

Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.

Last Updated: 10-19-2018 11:21 AM ID: 208