WATERVLIET — People will have plenty of new things to do Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Watervliet’s annual Independence Day Celebration.
The celebration is 35 years old this year and will feature a number of new events, such an Amish Village in Flaherty Park, inflatables in library park, a chill zone misting station, an All American 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, “The History of Watervliet” movie, and the Paw Paw River Jeep Club.
Amish Village will feature bonnet making, cooking/baking, singing and quilting from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The Amish community will have Amish-made items for sale.
In Library Park on Saturday, kids can enjoy Monkey’s in Motion and inflatables in the Kids Zone all day.
To cool off this year, the festival is offering a Chill Zone on Church Street all day, opening at 10 a.m.
The basketball tournament will start at 10 a.m. Saturday on Church Street. Registration is $25 and had trophies and T-shirts.
The North Berrien Historical Museum has created a movie entitled “The History of Watervliet.” It’ll be shown in the old bank building from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The Paw Paw River Jeep Club will hold a jeep car show at the old paper mill property, starting at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Annual Car Show, honoring veterans, is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Arclight Brewery.
Live music this year will include a Pat Benatar tribute band at 7 p.m. Friday, plus “Hawaiian Rolls” at 4 p.m. Saturday on the mainstage. Also on Saturday is “Big Ben & The Burly Boys” at 9 p.m. They will perform before and after the fireworks, which start at 10:30 p.m. On Sunday, “Deep Fried Pickle Project” performs at 3 p.m. in Flaherty Park.
New last year – and returning this year – is the Beer and Bags Tournament 4-10 p.m. Saturday, the family drive-in movie is at dusk, around 10:30 p.m., Friday at the old paper mill site, plus the carnival, which opens 10 a.m. Saturday.
Classic events like the breakfast and fly-in at the airport will finish the weekend Sunday. The event is from 7 a.m. to noon at the airport, with a ping pong ball drop at 1 p.m.
The duck race is at 2 p.m. at Mill Creek in Flaherty Park.
Other weekend events include a 5K run, a parade, a pancake breakfast at the fire house, a vintage base ball game, a pro-wrestling event, food and vendors.
For a full schedule of events, visit www.facebook.com/watervliet.
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