2018-07-05 / Front Page

Otter Lake to ‘Let Freedom Ring’ on Saturday with parade, music and fireworks

By NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com


The Village of Otter Lake beach is a popular area destination for families with young children for the Fourth of July to enjoy the water. The beach area is also prime viewing space to watch the Fireworks over Otter Lake at dusk Saturday. 
Photo by Jeff Hogan The Village of Otter Lake beach is a popular area destination for families with young children for the Fourth of July to enjoy the water. The beach area is also prime viewing space to watch the Fireworks over Otter Lake at dusk Saturday. Photo by Jeff Hogan OTTER LAKE — Each year, hundreds of visitors gather at the sleepy hamlet of Otter Lake to celebrate independence and summer as part of the “Let Freedom Ring” fireworks and festival. Planned this year for Saturday, July 7, with a few of the festivities beginning a little earlier, the annual event promises to be the perfect combination of small-town fun and down-home entertainment.

The fireworks display, the largest in the area, is always the main attraction, said Otter Lake Clerk Joan Skias. Each year, an anonymous benefactor donates funds to provide the show, which over the years has developed a reputation for being a must-see event. “We know who he is, and we appreciate him,” said Skias.


Otter Lake native Jeffrey Rattew heaves a softball at the target in order to dunk friend Michael Skinner. 
Photo By Nicholas Pugliese Otter Lake native Jeffrey Rattew heaves a softball at the target in order to dunk friend Michael Skinner. Photo By Nicholas Pugliese Fireworks are slated to begin at 10 p.m. on July 7, but there’s plenty to keep visitors occupied leading up to the big show. beginning the weekend a little early is the opening of the Otter Lake Fire Dept. Adult Beverage Tent on Friday evening, July 6, as well as the “kiddie parade starting at 5 p.m. Vocally talented visitors are encouraged to flaunt their skills at karaoke, held from 6-8 p.m. next to Kozi’s Kitchen on the corner of Detroit Street and Forest Avenue.

If Friday’s events are the appetizer, the main course kicks off Saturday, during which the park and beach will be open with free admission. All day will see vendors lining Genesee Avenue and live music in the park, including performances by bands Southbound from 2-6 p.m. and Rachelle Rae & The Banned from 6-10 p.m. And, of course, continued access to the Otter Lake Fire Dept. Adult Beverage Tent.


Children’s games and activities, including a climbing wall, are part of Let Freedom Ring in Otter Lake. Children’s games and activities, including a climbing wall, are part of Let Freedom Ring in Otter Lake. At 2 p.m., residents and visitors will line the streets of Otter Lake to take in the “Let Freedom Ring” parade, which will make its way down Hemingway Lake Road, to Detroit Street, to Genesee Avenue and down Eleventh Street.

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