2018-07-05 / Front Page

Whew! Fourth was busy

By Amy Hubbell
of the Enterprise staff


TWO-MONTH-OLD Isabelle Groulx needed a break after watching the Leland Fourth of July parade. She’s shown on the lap of her father, Mark. The Groulxes are from Oak Park, Ill. TWO-MONTH-OLD Isabelle Groulx needed a break after watching the Leland Fourth of July parade. She’s shown on the lap of her father, Mark. The Groulxes are from Oak Park, Ill. A good time seemingly was had by all over the Fourth of July holiday in Leelanau County, where thousands flocked to celebrate America’s birthday.

Big crowds were reported at most holiday events, which began Tuesday and consumed Wednesday.

“We were out taking care of little things,” Sheriff Mike Borkovich said Thursday morning. “There were lots of people; lots of great fireworks but we didn’t see anything too big or too bad.”

Law enforcement had a presence at the two Fourth of July parades in Glen Arbor and Leland where throngs battled sweltering heat to be part of the celebration.

Leland’s parade, which featured the Kaotic Drum Line from Chicago as its best musical group, was well attended. Joining in the fun was the Groulx family of Oak Park, Ill., who took in the parade for the 11th straight year.

Like many visitors, the Groulxs plan their summer vacation around a Leelanau County Fourth.

“We do the same thing every year,” said Mark Groulx, whose long day on Wednesday was winding down with his daughter, two-month-old Isabelle, fast asleep on his lap. “We go to the (Patriotic) Sing, the fireworks and then the parade.”

In Glen Arbor, longtime Glen Arbor resident and Township Clerk Bonnie Quick served as marshal of the “Anything Goes” parade.

Some 225 people gathered at the Village Green in Leland Tuesday night for the annual Patriotic Hymn Sing which was followed by fireworks over Hancock Field.

The Village in Northport concluded the holiday revelry at dusk Wednesday night. An estimated crowd of about 1,000 gather at marina park to was the fireworks display — a little short of the usual crowd but not bad organizers said, considering where July 4th fell in the calendar at mid-week.

Borkovich said that he issued some warnings — but no tickets —earlier in the week to people shooting off fireworks outside the three-day window designated by most communities on the peninsula.

“They said they didn’t know about the regulations and stopped,” he said. “Everyone had fun and they were safe.”

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