The 4th of July dawned bright and clear. By nine a.m. a crew was in place setting up the carnival below the convent. By noon some folks had already staked out territory along Main Street. With what was probably the largest crowd ever the day was kicked off by "One Way", a Christian rock band sponsored by the Beaver Island Christian Church.
Exactly on schedule, two A-10 jets from the Michigan Air National Guard flew over the harbor and back again.
Once folks had caught their breath from that exciting event the Beaver Island Community Choir directed by Kathy Speck sang several patriotic songs appropriate for the day.
Accompanied by music over the loudspeakers the Tappers presented themselves on Main Street.
Two o'clock brought Island Airways doing the Missing Man Formation to loud applause.
Immediately following was the firing of John Works, Jr.'s civil war cannon and the beginning of the parade led off by the Charlevoix County Sheriff Deputies John Heise and Nicole Smith.
Parade continued on Page Two