We've got your lineup for five whole days of fun, celebrating the Fourth of July here in Michigan's Great Southwest! From fireworks to antique treasure hunts, farmers markets and live music read on to see what's happening this weekend!
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3RD
Kick off the holiday weekend with the Brown Bag Concert Series featuring the Deep Fried Pickle Project Jug Band from Noon-1:00pm! This free hour long concert is held weekly at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell in downtown St. Joseph.
INSIDER TIP: The Brown Bag Concert Series runs through August 21!
For a complete lineup visit stjoetoday.com.
Enjoy free tastings at Purely Michigan featuring North Pier Brewing from 2:00-4:00pm. Catch additional free tastings this week on July 5th featuring St. Julian and July 6th featuring Black Dragon Meadery, both from 2:00-4:00pm!
Round Barn Brewery & Public House invites you to join them for their 7th Annual Fireworks Party from 6:00-10:00pm! Featuring live music, cold beverages and delicious food. Gates open at 6:00pm and music kicks off at 7:10pm until the Baroda fireworks begin at dusk.
INSIDER TIP: Admission is $5/person and a portion of the proceeds will go
towards the Baroda Township Fire Department!
Take in the sights and sounds of the City of St. Joseph's Fourth of July Celebration during the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra's Independence Day Celebration. This event will be held from 5:30-11:00pm at the Shadowland Pavilion - Silver Beach County Park! Join them for a night of music starting at 6:00pm with The Van Dyke Revue followed by a Patriotic Symphony Concert at 9:00pm and fireworks at dusk. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
Celebrate the holiday with the City of St. Joseph Fireworks at dusk! Fireworks will be shot off the South Pier at Silver Beach County Park but there's plenty of great viewing at Silver Beach, Tiscornia, Lake Bluff Park and Whirlpool Centennial Park.
THURSDAY, JULY 4TH
Happy Fourth of July! The Welcome Center will be open from 11:00am-3:00pm.
If you're headed to the beaches of Lake Michigan, take a look at the links below. There's a real-time update of the water temperatures as well as the swimming conditions and the Silver Beach Live Cam.
Head over to Round Barn Winery for a special holiday edition of their Jammin' in the Vineyard: Reds, Whites & Brews! Catch this event July 4th-7th from 11:00am-6:00pm. Enjoy featured craft brews on draft, live music, wine cocktails and more!
Take in a vintage "base ball" game at Eden Springs Park from Noon-3:00pm. This week's tournament features three teams: South Haven Barkpeelers, Livery Brewers, House of David Echos. Bring your own lawn chair and settle in for an afternoon of fun!
INSIDER TIP: Don't miss Dan Geib in concert on July 6
from 6:00-8:30pm. Freewill donations will go towards
The City of St. Joseph Municipal Band will host two special concerts on the Fourth of July! Catch these concerts at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell at 3:30 and 7:30pm.
INSIDER TIP: Don't miss their regularly schedule Sunday concerts at
3:30 and 7:30pm! For a full concert schedule visit sjcity.com/band.
There's lot happening this week at Watermark Brewing in Stevensville! On July 3rd grad some tasty bites from Nosh Village as they serve up their Midwestern Asian Fusion from 5:00-8:30pm. Then celebrate on July 4th as Watermark hosts the Village of Stevensville Fireworks at 10:00pm!
FRIDAY, JULY 5TH
It's the best time of year to enjoy the Whirlpool Centennial Fountain, located just below the bluff. You can cool off in the jets and count down for the big blast of overhead water cannons! Great for all ages, the fountain is open from 10:00am-9:00pm. While you're down here, take a spin on the Silver Beach Carousel right across the street!
Enjoy Lighthouse Tours and open hours this weekend at the St. Joe Lighthouse provided by The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center! Public Tours are available Friday and Saturday at 10:00am. No reservations required - $10/adult and $5/child (includes tower climb). Open hours are available, weather permitting, Wednesdays 7:00pm-sunset (closed July 3rd), Fridays and Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm and Sundays Noon-4:00pm. The first floor exhibit is free and it's just $5 for the tower climb!
INSIDER TIP: Visit stjoelighthousetours.org for more information!
Summer also means live music in Southwest Michigan! St. Joseph Today's free Friday Night Concert Series hosts the Boulevard Billies at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell in downtown St. Joseph from 7:30-8:30pm. However, there's more music with a side of Michigan wine and craft beer at -
Sister Lakes Brewing - David O'Leary
RyeBelle's - Mark Ficks
Dablon Winery - Mike Talbot
Watermark Brewing - Matt & Morgan of SGB
The Livery - Lalo Cura
Silver Harbor Brewing - Chris Burch
Plank's Tavern - Lexi Adams
Vineyard 2121 - DJ Dale Owen
INSIDER TIP: The Friday Night Concert Series runs through August 30!
For a complete lineup visit stjoetoday.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 6TH
Catch the St. Joe Farmers Market every Saturday through October 12 from 9:00am-2:00pm in Lake Bluff Park. Saturday morning at the Market now includes jams, honey, hearth-baked breads and fine pastries, perennials, cut flowers, organic vegetables and so much more!
Visit Sarett Nature Center's Butterfly House this weekend! Hours run Tuesday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday from 1:00-5:00pm. Sarett suggests visiting on a hot, sunny day when the butterflies are most active!
Join the Krasl Art Center in their Summer Yoga Series on the new Krasl grounds! Attendees will embrace the summer heat with a vinyasas flow class led by Adrienne White. All levels and ages welcome!
The Inn at Harbor Shores invites you to celebrate the holiday weekend with them during Red, White & Boom from Noon-10:30pm. Enjoy carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, delicious food, a dance party with JellieFish Productions and more!
Enjoy live music at the latest Box Factory Unwrapped Concert featuring Dede & The Dream with special guest Morgan Ingle from 7:00-9:00pm.
INSIDER TIP: Check out their upcoming concerts & workshops
Finish out your Saturday with a movie in Whirlpool Centennial Park, part of the Outdoor Summer Movie Series! The City of St. Joseph hosts "Hotel Transylvania" - bring a blanket or chairs (take out from Silver Beach Pizza next door is always a plus!) and enjoy the free flick under the stars. It begins around 9:15pm!
SUNDAY, JULY 7TH
Antiques on the Bluff returns to Lake Bluff Park in downtown St. Joseph this Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm. Something old is new to your at this monthly treasure hunt in Lake Bluff Park. This event features over 50 vendors and runs the fist Sunday of the month through October!
Join us for a special Horse-Drawn Trolley Meet & Greet this Sunday from 11:00am-2:00pm with the 2019 Gelding team Jimmy and Chester! Stop by the SE corner of Elm and State and chat with Kevin Kneibes, owner of Kneibes Centennial Farm, who has been running the horse-drawn trolley for us in downtown St. Joseph for over 10 years.
INSIDER TIP: Free-horse drawn trolley rides sponsored by the
Frederick S. Upton Foundation. Visit stjoetoday.com/horse-trolley
for a complete 2019 schedule!
Brush up your kitchen skills with a Culinary Class at Perennial Accents from 2:00-4:00pm! Sunday's class features a Gluten-free and Heart Healthy Meal to Entertain with Chef Jessica. Space is limited so make sure to reserve your spot!
Cap the weekend off with live music at the Bistro on the Boulevard featuring Anna James from 5:00-7:00pm! Enjoy a delicious meal while listening to some soft rock and easy listening tunes.
We hope you have an awesome time celebrating this weekend!