2017 Freedom Festival News!

  • Crazy Bartender Contest Will Benefit the 2017 Freedom Festival Fireworks

    Join the Ludington Area Jaycees and some local celebs as we raise money for the Freedom Festival Fireworks Fund! The Jaycees are committed to increasing our fireworks budget from $20,000 to $25,000 this year and we need your support.


    The current list of Crazy Bartenders includes:
    Brad Reed of Todd & Brad Reed Photography
    Jac Russell of Greenridge Realty
    Spence Riggs of the Mason County Growth Alliance
    Vic Burwell of Floracraft
    Karen Haldeman, End Alzheimer’s Activist
    Brandy Henderson of the West Shore ESD
    Julie Rasgaitis of Wildwood Meadows Apartments


    These locals will be donning their craziest gear and bartending upstairs at Timbers- 320 S. James St. in Ludington! You “vote” for your favorite Crazy Bartender by putting cash in their tip jars! The winner (most money in tips) will receive a trophy created/donated by Makers Market and bragging rights… All tips raised will benefit the Fireworks Fund!


    In addition, Timbers will generously donate 5% of beverage sales during the event back to the Jaycees .


    We’ll also have 50/50 raffles and entertainment provided courtesy of Chad Rushing!



    Jaycees Accepting Grand Marshal Nominations Until April 30

    The Ludington Area Jaycees announced today that they are now taking nominations from community members for their Freedom Festival Parade Grand Marshal. The theme of the 2017 4th of July Freedom Festival is “Ludington: a Legacy of Community Pride” and nominees should be those who excel in this area and strive to serve their fellow community members.


    The Grand Marshal is honored by leading the Ludington Area Jaycees 4th of July Freedom Festival Parade and is recognized at various other Jaycees events. Nominations should be in the form of a letter, describing how the nominee embodies “Ludington: a Legacy of Community Pride” and can be submitted via email to jayceesfundraiser@gmail.com or mailed to the Ludington Area Jaycees at PO Box 411, Ludington, Attn: Freedom Festival Parade Committee.


    The group will take nominations now through April 30th.



    Grand Parade Entry Applications Now Available!

    The Freedom Festival Grand Parade Committee is now accepting applications for entries into this year’s Grand Parade, to be held on Tuesday, July 4th with line up beginning at 12 pm and step off at 1:45 pm. Download the application here. Application deadline is June 23rd.



    Freedom Festival Events Calendar

    Monday, July 3rd, 6 pm- Children & Pet Parade: Line up at Ferry/Loomis Streets at 6 pm, step off at 6:30 pm. For more information, email info@ludingtonareajaycees.org.


    Tuesday, July 4th, 2 pm- Grand Parade: Line up begins at 12 pm, step off at 1:45 pm. For more information, contact Katie at jayceesfundraiser@gmail.com or call 872-JAY-CEES (872-529-2337).


    Tuesday, July 4th, Dusk- Fireworks over Lake Michigan. To make a donation to the fireworks fund or for more information, contact Travis at tmmiedema89@gmail.com or 231-239-0811.



    Jaycees Seeking Sponsors and Accepting Donations for the 2017 Fireworks

    The Ludington Area Jaycees are currently collecting donations to fund the 2017 Freedom Festival Fireworks show. Without the support of the community businesses and individuals, the Jaycees could not afford to put on the high-quality show it does each year. Please consider a sponsorship or donation to help us put on one of the best 4th of July Fireworks shows in West Michigan!


    Mail your donation to the Ludington Area Jaycees at PO Box 411, Ludington, MI  49431. Contact Travis at tmmiedema89@gmail.com or 231-239-0811 for more information on sponsorships or donations. This year’s sponsorship form can be found here.



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