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1783 : Americans Unable to Take Over Detroit From English
1783 : Americans Unable to Take Over Detroit From English
Jul 4 all-day
Although the American Revolution is over, the English refuse to turn over Fort Detroit to the former American colonists. It will be another 13 years before control of Detroit passes to the United States. Source … Continue reading "1783 : Americans Unable to Take Over Detroit From English"
1829 : Pre-Independence Day Celebration At Future Site of Jackson, Michigan
1829 : Pre-Independence Day Celebration At Future Site of Jackson, Michigan
Jul 4 all-day
Jackson’s history began on the banks of the Grand River, at present-day Trail Street. Three men — Capt. Alex Laverty, Horace Blackman and their Indian guide Pee-wy-tum — arrived there in time to celebrate America’s … Continue reading "1829 : Pre-Independence Day Celebration At Future Site of Jackson, Michigan"
1829 : The City of Jackson Officially Begins
1829 : The City of Jackson Officially Begins
Jul 4 all-day
The city of Jackson officially began July 4, 1829. Through the efforts of several men, Horace Blackman was able to stake his claim of 160 acres as was allowed by territorial law. Although Blackman was … Continue reading "1829 : The City of Jackson Officially Begins"
1834 : Grand Rapids Celebrates July 4th for First Time
1834 : Grand Rapids Celebrates July 4th for First Time
Jul 4 all-day
A year after the first settlers arrived, the residents of Grand Rapids marched up and down the Indian trail, singing and shouting, fiddling and hurrahing. According to Charles Baxter, even the local Indians joined in. … Continue reading "1834 : Grand Rapids Celebrates July 4th for First Time"
1843 : Villages in Royal Oak and Birmingham Salute New Train
1843 : Villages in Royal Oak and Birmingham Salute New Train
Jul 4 all-day
On the “glorious fourth”, the Governor, accompanied by several members of his cabinet and staff, together with a number of private citizens, took a ride on the new Detroit and Pontiac Railroad by the invitation … Continue reading "1843 : Villages in Royal Oak and Birmingham Salute New Train"
1847 : James A. McGinnis (James A. Bailey) of Barnum & Bailey Circus Fame Born in Detroit
1847 : James A. McGinnis (James A. Bailey) of Barnum & Bailey Circus Fame Born in Detroit
Jul 4 all-day
A Detroit native, James A. McGinnis took the surname Bailey at the age of 14 when he joined the circus. Developing a striking talent for advertising and management, he bought the Cooper & Bailey Shows, … Continue reading "1847 : James A. McGinnis (James A. Bailey) of Barnum & Bailey Circus Fame Born in Detroit"
1859 : First Hot Air Balloon Ascension in Grand Rapids
1859 : First Hot Air Balloon Ascension in Grand Rapids
Jul 4 all-day
Professor William D. Bannister is credited with the birth of flight in Grand Rapids, ascending in the hot air balloon Pride of America at 5 p.m. on July 4th, 1859. On the day before the … Continue reading "1859 : First Hot Air Balloon Ascension in Grand Rapids"
1863 : 5000 Gather at the Dearbornville Arsenal to Celebrate Union Victory at Gettysburg
1863 : 5000 Gather at the Dearbornville Arsenal to Celebrate Union Victory at Gettysburg
Jul 4 all-day
Just a day after the Union victory at Gettysburg, a large celebration was held. Nearly 5,000 people gathered at the Arsenal parade grounds for a day of festivities. The Declaration of Independence was read by … Continue reading "1863 : 5000 Gather at the Dearbornville Arsenal to Celebrate Union Victory at Gettysburg"
1863 : Battle of Monterey Pass (PA)
1863 : Battle of Monterey Pass (PA)
Jul 4 all-day
1863 : Battle of Monterey Pass (PA)
July 4-5, 1963 follow-up to Battle of Gettysburg Battle of Monterey Pass During a torrential rainstorm on the night of July 4-5, 1863, the Michigan Cavalry Brigade moved to intercept the retreating Army of Northern … Continue reading "1863 : Battle of Monterey Pass (PA)"
1863 : Michigan’s 25th Infantry Earns Grudging Respect of Confederates at Battle of Tebbs Bend
1863 : Michigan’s 25th Infantry Earns Grudging Respect of Confederates at Battle of Tebbs Bend
Jul 4 all-day
On July 4, 1863, about 250 men of Michigan’s 25th Infantry were about 90 miles South of Louisville, Ky. It was halfway through the American Civil War. Under the command of Orlando Moore, from Schoolcraft, … Continue reading "1863 : Michigan’s 25th Infantry Earns Grudging Respect of Confederates at Battle of Tebbs Bend"
1866 : Civil War Soldiers March in Detroit for Last Time
1866 : Civil War Soldiers March in Detroit for Last Time
Jul 4 all-day
Civil War soldiers from Michigan rallied in Detroit for one last march. They presented their flags to Governor Henry Crapo. Source : This Day in Michigan History, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central … Continue reading "1866 : Civil War Soldiers March in Detroit for Last Time"
1876 : Grand Rapids Celebrates
1876 : Grand Rapids Celebrates
Jul 4 all-day
1876 : Grand Rapids Celebrates
July 4, 1876 was doubly auspicious for the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Not only did residents have the nation’s centennial to look forward to but, coincidentally, 1876 also marked the 50th anniversary of the … Continue reading "1876 : Grand Rapids Celebrates"
1876 : Muskegon Celebrates July 4th In a Different Fashion
1876 : Muskegon Celebrates July 4th In a Different Fashion
Jul 4 all-day
On July 4, 1876, as part of an Independence Day centennial celebration, “Big Delia” a 6-foot, two-inch, 225 pound tobacco-chewing madam, and her employees built a pavilion near Muskegon, hired two bands, invited their “sisters” … Continue reading "1876 : Muskegon Celebrates July 4th In a Different Fashion"
1891 : Marquette Celebrates Independence Day
1891 : Marquette Celebrates Independence Day
Jul 4 all-day
1891 : Marquette Celebrates Independence Day
Panoramic views from the wooden breakwater in Marquette’s harbor about 1887; photographs taken by James Pendill. July 4-5, 1891 Marquette’s celebrations in 1891 were extensive and began at sunrise with a 44-gun salute. People had … Continue reading "1891 : Marquette Celebrates Independence Day"
1915 : Potter Park Zoo Dedicated
1915 : Potter Park Zoo Dedicated
Jul 4 all-day
Independence Day won’t be the only thing that we’re celebrating this 4th of July. We’ll also be celebrating the day that J.W. and Sarah Potter donated 58 acres of land to the City of Lansing. … Continue reading "1915 : Potter Park Zoo Dedicated"
1919 : Polar Bears March on Belle Isle
1919 : Polar Bears March on Belle Isle
Jul 4 all-day
The Polar Bears, or American North Russian Expeditionary Force, are the only American troops ever to fight in Russia, the decades-long enemy of the U.S. during the Cold War that followed World War II. The … Continue reading "1919 : Polar Bears March on Belle Isle"
1924 : Jackson Hosts One of the Largest KKK Rallies in Michigan History
1924 : Jackson Hosts One of the Largest KKK Rallies in Michigan History
Jul 4 all-day
It was a Fourth of July festival few at the time likely would ever forget. Under a cloudless sky on a warm day in a field along Seymour Street, vendors sold food, drinks, confections, tobacco … Continue reading "1924 : Jackson Hosts One of the Largest KKK Rallies in Michigan History"
1925 : Ku Klux Klan Parade in Grand Rapids
1925 : Ku Klux Klan Parade in Grand Rapids
Jul 4 all-day
Independence Day 1925 saw a 3,000-person march of the KKK, starting along Bridge Street on Grand Rapids’ Northwest Side. Hoping to bolster Michigan’s struggling Klan, the marchers donned their uniforms but went hoodless to show … Continue reading "1925 : Ku Klux Klan Parade in Grand Rapids"
1929 : Seiche or Tsunami Strikes Grand Haven, Killing 10
1929 : Seiche or Tsunami Strikes Grand Haven, Killing 10
Jul 4 all-day
On July 4, 1929, a 20-foot wave that scientists now believe was caused by a meteotsunami crashed over holiday beach-goers on a pier in Grand Haven. Ten people were pulled out into Lake Michigan and … Continue reading "1929 : Seiche or Tsunami Strikes Grand Haven, Killing 10"
1930 : W. D. Fard Founds Nation of Islam in Detroit
1930 : W. D. Fard Founds Nation of Islam in Detroit
Jul 4 all-day
W. D. Fard, also known as W. D. Fard Muhammad, announces the founding of the Temple of Islam, later to become Temple Number 1 of the Nation of Islam, in Detroit, Michigan. The religious sect incorporates … Continue reading "1930 : W. D. Fard Founds Nation of Islam in Detroit"
1969 : Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Contest Begins
1969 : Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Contest Begins
Jul 4 all-day
1969 : Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Contest Begins
W. T. (Bill) Rabe founded the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping and Gerplunking Club (MISS&GC) with the inaugural Mackinac Island 4th of July Stone Skipping Contest in 1969. He continued to be the tournament director and … Continue reading "1969 : Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Contest Begins"
1977 : Diana Lewis Becomes Co-Anchor on WXYZ-TV in Detroit
1977 : Diana Lewis Becomes Co-Anchor on WXYZ-TV in Detroit
Jul 4 all-day
1977 : Diana Lewis Becomes Co-Anchor on WXYZ-TV in Detroit
On Independence Day in 1977, Diana Lewis signed on to be the co-anchor of Action News at 5:30 p.m. Since then, Detroiters have relied on Lewis to guide them through the events and issues that … Continue reading "1977 : Diana Lewis Becomes Co-Anchor on WXYZ-TV in Detroit"
2002 : Michigan’s Last Survivor of the 1912 Titanic Sinking Dies
2002 : Michigan’s Last Survivor of the 1912 Titanic Sinking Dies
Jul 4 all-day
Winifred Quick Van Tongerloo, Michigan’s last survivor of the 1912 sinking of RMS Titanic, died on July 4, 2002. She was ninety-eight years of age and had lived in East Lansing for the past six … Continue reading "2002 : Michigan’s Last Survivor of the 1912 Titanic Sinking Dies"
2018 : Saugatuck Celebrates 150th Anniversary
2018 : Saugatuck Celebrates 150th Anniversary
Jul 4 all-day
2018 : Saugatuck Celebrates 150th Anniversary
From the outside, one wouldn’t suspect a bookstore building in downtown Saugatuck was built in 1838, floated down the Kalamazoo River to its current location, and is one of a few remaining buildings from an … Continue reading "2018 : Saugatuck Celebrates 150th Anniversary"
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