Southwest Michigan is celebrating the holiday weekend! Enjoy live music, wine tasting, a Farmers Market, Antiques on the Bluff, and various firework shows throughout St. Joe and neighboring towns. It’s sure to be a blast of a weekend!



The City of St. Joseph hosts the annual Independence Day Fireworks at dusk (10:15p) off the South Pier at Silver Beach County Park. Please note that portions of Silver Beach and Tiscornia Beach, as well as the North and South Piers, will be closed to provide the required safety zone. 

What’s better than fireworks? Fireworks to music! Check out this thunderous display during A Salute to America hosted by the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra at the Shadowland Pavilion at 8:30p. 

Enjoy a little bit of magic over at The Market! As seen on The CW’s Masters of Illusion, Grand Rapids Comedy Magician: Trino will be stopping by for a free, all ages, family friendly show tonight starting at 7:00p! Hosted by St. Joe Wine Shoppe, St. Joe Community Taproom and The Cheese Lady.

INSIDER TIP: St. Joe Community Taproom be open late for the
St. Joe Fireworks!

Cheers to red, white and brews during the Baroda Fireworks celebration at the Beer Garden across from Round Barn Public House from 5:00p-11:00p! Attendees will enjoy food and drink specials + live music. $5 cover charge for 21+. 

Forever Books hosts the Where’s Waldo Hunt July 1-31! Grab a passport from Forever Books, search for Waldo in participating stores to earn a stamp and turn in your completed passport to be entered into a raffle!  

Have a splash down at the Whirlpool Compass Fountain, it’s the perfect way for the family to cool down while also making their vacation memorable. Open daily from 10:00a-9:00p (through Labor Day). 

Catch live music throughout Southwest Michigan! See below for the Wednesday lineup:

RyeBelle’s - Leo Fron Live from 5:00p-8:00p
The Inn at Harbor Shores - Modern Day Drifters from 6:00p-9:00p
Watermark Brewing - Johnny V Live at 6:00p



Get creative with The Lilac Loft when they host Pop In Candle Making from 12:00p-5:00p! Choose your own container, fragrance, and decorations + get to take your candle home the same day. 

Head over to Berrien Springs for the Pickle Festival in Berrien Springs from 10:00a-5:00p! Hosted at the Berrien County Historical Association’s Courthouse Square and the Berrien Spring Community Library. Attendees will enjoy the Big Wheel Race, Dunk Tank, Pickle Decorating Contest, Relish Eating Contest, Pickle Fling, Craft & Food Vendors and more!

Head to Plank’s Tavern for Summer Social Thursdays from 6:00p-8:00p! Enjoy a weekly dockside summer celebration featuring delicious drinks and food specials, a talented DJ from Luxx Entertainment and more!

Heading to the beautiful Southwest Michigan beaches? 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 County Park Beach Cam.



INSIDER TIP: Forget something for your beach trip? Check out
Scooter Joe’s for beach item rentals - everything from
kickboards, floating waterproof speakers, beach chairs,
umbrellas, beach wagons, strollers and more! Or swing by
G&M Variety for beach toys, towels, sunscreen and more!

Catch live music throughout Southwest Michigan! See below for the Thursday lineup:

Silver Harbor Brewing - Live Music with Nashville Recording Artist Dylan Raymond from 5:30p-8:30p
RyeBelle’s - Kody Bryant at 6:00p
Watermark Brewing - Neil Allesee Live at 6:30p
The Livery - Karaoke Night at 7:00p



Check out the Public Lighthouse Hours on Fridays from 12:00p-5:00p, Saturdays from 11:00a-5:00p and Sundays from 12:00p-5:00p hosted by The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center. The main level, exhibit and introductory tour are free! Attendees can also enjoy a Guided Walking Tour & Upper Level Climb ($10/person), available at 1:00p and 3:00p Friday-Sunday.  

River Saint Joe hosts Morning Yoga weekly on Fridays from 10:45a-12:00p! Led by River of Life Yoga, join RSJ on Friday mornings, now through September 6, for a relaxing 75-minute class focused on warming the body with movement while the Sun warms the Earth. Stick around afterward and enjoy 10% off food and drink at RSJ!

Choose your own land or water adventure this weekend with Scooter Joe’s Wheel & Water Rentals, Third Coast Paddling, Blue Water Boat RentalsPier 1000 and Pier 33.

INSIDER TIP: The Inn at Harbor Shores now offers Swan & Paddle Boat
rentals! You do not have to be a guest to rent -
visit for more info!

Take a spin on the Silver Beach Carousel! Daily summer hours from 12:00p-9:00p (through the end of August). Please note the Carousel will be closed on July 4.

Catch live music throughout Southwest Michigan! See below for the Friday lineup:

RyeBelle’s - Mo & Co. at 6:00p
Coach’s Bar & Grill - Hunter Vincek at 6:00p
Vineyard 2121 - Karaoke Night from 6:00p-9:00p
City of Bridgman - Bridgman Courtyard Concerts: “O” Brothers at 7:00p
Watermark Brewing -The Sunday Sons at 7:00p
Silver Harbor Brewing - Chris Burch from 7:00p-10:00p
The Livery - Mulebone at 8:30p



Stop to get some fresh eats at the St. Joe Farmers Market, running from 9:00a-2:00p in Lake Bluff Park. Market-goers will find a variety of products including baked goods, locally grown produce, perennials and cut flowers, meats and cheeses, coffee and more! The 2024 season is sponsored by Culver’s of Stevensville, The Boulevard Inn & Bistro and NOBO

Head over to Eden Springs Park for their Summer Miniature Train Rides! Train rides are available Saturday and Sunday from 12:00p-5:00p, through Labor Day weekend. Cost $3/person, kids 3 and under free.

INSIDER TIP: Save the date for their annual Halloween Train Rides
in October and Christmas Rides in December!

Celebrate America’s birthday during Red, White and Brews at Round Barn Winery this Saturday & Sunday! Attendees will enjoy a special Red, White & Brews Growler, festive featured slushie, all-American food feature + live music both days! 

Head to The Acorn for An American Prayer: The Doors Tribute from 8:00p-11:00p! Attendees will enjoy America’s most authentic tribute to The Doors during this high-energy concert.

Food can be just as fun as activities, so check out the various eats in and around St. Joe such as Happy Poochie Eatery, KT's Rasoi, Nardo's Pizza, The Brick House, The Cooper Pot and many more - visit for a full list!

Catch additional live music throughout Southwest Michigan! See below for the Saturday lineup:

Coach’s Bar & Grill - The Weko Boys at 1:00p
Coach’s Bar & Grill - Gregg & Tracy at 6:00p
RyeBelle’s - Grayson Barton at 6:00p
Box Factory for the Arts - Sons of the Wrong from 7:00p-9:00p
Silver Harbor Brewing - Justin Staublin Band from 7:00p-10:00p
The Livery - Mo & Co. at 8:30p


Start your Sunday off with Antiques on the Bluff. Take a small walk through history as you browse over 50 vendors. This event takes over Lake Bluff Park and is open from 10:00a-5:00p. 

INSIDER TIP: If you can’t catch it this weekend due to all the
festivities, no problem! Antiques on the Bluff runs the
first Sunday of the month, May-October.

Find your new favorite wine at the St. Joe Wine Shoppe! Join them as they taste fun and unique wines with a different theme every week during Wine Sample Sundays from 1:00-5:00p! This week’s theme is Sparking Red, White & Rosé.

Get ready for an evening of fun with JLN Studio at their Jellyfish Painting Class from 6:00p-9:00p! No experience required. Cost includes all painting supplies and instructions. Recommended for ages 14+. 

Wrap up the holiday weekend celebrations with the City of St. Joseph Municipal Band Concert at 7:00p! Hosted at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell, attendees will enjoy a beautiful view of the St. Joseph River.

Catch additional live music throughout Southwest Michigan! See below for the Sunday lineup:

Coach’s Bar & Grill - Live Music on the Patio feat. Tom Askey at 1:00p
Sister Lakes Brewing - JR Clark from 2:00p-5:00p
Tabor Hill Winery - Live Music on Sundays: Jason Murphy from 2:30p-5:30p
RyeBelle’s - St. Eve & The Vibe from 4:00p-7:00p
The Livery - BHAA Open Stage with Host Jack Adams at 4:30p
City of Bridgman - Weko Beach Summer Series: BoneAFyde from 7:00p-9:00p
The Acorn - Resurrection Blues Band from 7:00p-10:00p


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