2014-07-03 / Front Page


Big crowds, full slate planned for the Fourth

Beaches have people. Rooms are hard to find. There are even opportunities to wait in traffic — in Leelanau County.

The Fourth of July must be close.

“Now it feels like summer,” said Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore deputy superintendent Tom Ulrich, after scanning the National Park Service visitors center in Empire. People were lined up for park passes. And a ranger was assigned to the 3-D map that greets visitors as they enter the front door. He had one job: answer questions.

“I think we’re going to have a big Fourth of July,” Ulrich continued. “I think people are a little pent up because of the coolness and the extremes we’ve had so far. I think we’re going to have some favorable weather, that things are going to fill.”

So what will all those people do?

Inside this week’s Leelanau Enterprise, readers will find a 16-page Diversions section devoted to celebrating the Fourth of July on the Leelanau Peninsula. Our coverage varies from road construction to parades, from fireworks to recipes.

In addition, we’ve stocked up Leelanau Visitors Guides in boxes and outlets in anticipation of big crowds.

It’s our nation’s 238th birthday, and Leelanau County has planned a full calendar of activities for the celebration.

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