Independence Day fireworks set for July 6
Au GRES — The annual Arenac County fireworks celebration is scheduled for Saturday, July 6, and Arenac Celebration Fund President Wayne Lamrouex says it should be twice the size of the 2012 show following a successful fundraising year.
“We raised $12,000,” Lamrouex said. “That’s about twice what it was last year, so it’s going to be a really good show.”
He said the fireworks will start around 10 p.m. near the Department of Natural Resources docks on the Au Gres River. He recommended the Arenac County Park near Point Au Gres, the DNR docks themselves, and the Au Gres Yacht Club as good places to watch from, or a boat if possible.
“If you’ve got a boat, it’s probably one of the best views you’re going to get,” Lamrouex said. “As long as it’s not too windy, it’s a nice show from out on the water.”
While the celebration fund is not holding any other festivities in the daytime, other groups in the community will have events going on that day. The Au Gres Area Churches organization is holding a chicken barbecue at the pavilion in the Au Gres City Park from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., with proceeds going to the Au Gres Christian Charities food bank. The church barbecue is $8 for adults and $4 for children under the age of 12.
Additionally, Lamrouex said the Au Gres Yacht Club will be hosting its own chicken barbecue at its club from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The band The Mysterians will also be playing at the club from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. It will cost $5 for just the concert, or $10 for the dinner and concert, with 100 dinners available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The gates will open at the clubhouse at 5 p.m., and will close up at midnight.