Independence Day activities return to Marquette after pandemic hiatus | News, Sports, Jobs
MARQUETTE – As the light continues to shine at the end of a dark pandemic tunnel, what better way to celebrate than with fireworks?
The Marquette-area July 4 committee announced on Tuesday that its traditional Independence Day festivities will return to Ellwood A. Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette this summer, just days after the state of Michigan is supposed to lift. all COVID-19 gathering and mask restrictions.
The committee made the announcement on its Facebook page, stating that the annual Food Fest, coordinated by the Marquette Exchange Club, will run for two days this year from July 3-4 from noon until dusk. The festival will feature local food vendors, a beer tent, entertainment and activities for children. The annual parade of boats will take place in the Lower Harbor on July 4 before the fireworks display at dusk. A rain date for the fireworks display is scheduled for July 5.
The committee is asking the public for donations to support the fireworks, as well as volunteers for the Food Fest and fireworks logistics.
Donations can be made online at www.marquettefireworks.com or by sending a check to the Marquette Area July 4th Committee at PO Box 782, Marquette, MI 49855.
The committee is also encouraging local businesses to volunteer to organize a jar of change to support the fireworks display. Businesses can email [email protected] to request a pitcher for the fundraising effort. The jugs will be released from June 15 to July 6 and a list of participating companies will be announced at a later date.
Food Fest volunteers are needed for set up on July 2, beer tent on July 3 and 4, and clean up / tear down on July 5. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these time slots, call Geno Angeli at 906-249-1595 or 906-360-6926.
Fireworks logistics volunteers are needed for the afternoon of July 1, all day July 2 and July 5 from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers must be able to lift more than 50 pounds repetitively, as the position involves transporting fireworks racks to and from storage.
Further details will be announced closer to the event dates.
No plans for an Independence Day parade have been announced. The parade is traditionally held along Washington Street in Marquette.
Marquette is the latest to announce the return of the July 4th festivities. Ishpeming City Independence Day events were approved with a COVID-19 security plan in place at the Ishpeming City Council meeting held on May 5. Ishpeming will hold its parade on July 3 starting at 10:30 a.m., with a community picnic and fireworks display at the Al Quaal Recreation Area to follow in the evening.
Negaunee Pioneer Days are scheduled to take place this year as well, with a parade scheduled for Saturday, July 10 starting at 11 a.m. and fireworks over Teal Lake in the evening.
For more information on the Marquette area July 4th committee, visit www.marquettefireworks.com.
Aspirus Health, the UP regional blood center needs blood donation
Aspirus Health and the Upper Peninsula Regional Blood Center will be holding a blood drive at Calumet Coliseum on Monday, June 7, claiming that “Donations are absolutely necessary” due to the impact of the pandemic on healthcare.
“The need for donations is extremely high”, Christina Asiala, regional director of laboratory services for Aspirus, said in a press release. “There is always a need for blood. If you are in good health and feeling well, we hope you will consider making a donation. “
Donated blood is used in common life-saving procedures such as heart surgeries and organ transplants. Aspirus says donors who have fully recovered from COVID-19 may also have antibodies in their blood plasma, which could help critically ill COVID-19 patients.
“There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread by blood transfusion”, the output states. “Blood centers are taking additional measures to protect donors and staff from the virus.”
The blood drive will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 7 at the Calumet Colosseum, located at 110 Red Jacket Road. Donors must be at least 17 years old and have no illness or fever at the time of donation. People aged 16 and under can also donate with parental consent.
During your appointment, you will be asked about your medical condition and travel history, and your blood pressure, pulse and temperature will be checked. Blood collection usually takes less than 10 minutes.
Officials also ask vaccinated donors to provide proof of vaccination.
“Since many members of our community are vaccinated against COVID-19, it is important to know that you will need to provide the name of the manufacturer when you come to donate,” Rachel Heath, blood donor coordinator for the UP Regional Blood Center, said in the statement. “After receiving your vaccination, you should have received a card containing information about the COVID-19 vaccine you received, and we encourage you to bring this card with you when donating.”
Aspirus Keweenaw is one of 13 hospitals in the UP that receives blood from the UP Regional Blood Center.
Walk-in appointments are welcome at the blood drive. For more information or to make an appointment in advance, call the UP Regional Blood Center at 906-449-1450. Refreshments will be available for donors, and photo ID and face mask will be required to donate.
For more information on Aspirus Health, visit www.aspirus.org.
For the latest statewide COVID-19 data and information, visit www.Michigan.gov/coronavirus or www.Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine.