2013 Independence Fest


PARADE 10am - ?
Parade route begins at St. Daniel's Church, travels east down Miller Rd, south on Ortonville Rd, east on Waldon Rd and concluding at Clarkston United Methodist Church. To enter a float, download information at www.clarkston.org or call (248) 705-7958. Parade organizers are the Clarkston Area Optimists, Clarkston Lions Club, Clarkston Knights of Columbus, Independence Township and the City of the Village of Clarkston.

Carnival Rides 11am - 10pm
us for fun, food, entertainment and exciting carnival rides. Wade Shows will be providing festival goers with some of the most popular thrill rides for thrill seekers and kiddy rides for the little ones (must be 36" to ride). Pre-purchase wristbands online (by July 3rd) and get a $5 discount!

Save a few dollars and pre-purchase your carnival tickets here:


Carnival rides will be running Thursday, July 4th from 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM, Friday, July 5th 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM and Saturday, July 6th 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Carnival Presented by: 

Toddler Zone 11am - 10pm
While scaled back, this area is now exclusively for toddlers. Tickets will be available for the trackless train and don't forget to bring socks for the inflatables. If you forget your own, socks will be available for purchase onsite for $1 per pair. TICKETS SOLD UNTIL 9PM. GAMES CLOSE AT 10PM.

Craft Show 11am - 5pm
Browse through nearly 100 crafters that are Michigan based artists. Craft show application inquiries; call Bonnie Murin, with Keepsake Collections at (989) 781-9165 or contact Bonnie online at http://www.keepsakecollectionshows.com/.

Entertainment Line-up
Thursday, July 4th:
                            VETERAN'S STAGE
                            T J Craven: 11:00am - 12:30pm

                            Cirque Amongus: 12:00pm 

                            Veteran's Celebration: 12:30pm

                            MI 5th Regiment: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
                            MAIN STAGE
                            Raft, formally known as Third Rock: 1:00 - 1:30pm & 2:30 - 3:00pm

                            7 Million Jigawatts: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
                            Motor City Soul: 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Veteran's Celebration
Ceremony, "Meet and Greet" and Military Museum
We are honoring our military with a special "thank you" ceremony. The celebration will include the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, Recognition of Veteran's and 21-Gun Salute. If you know of a veteran or someone who is currently serving in the military, please call (248) 625-8231 to be added to our VIP list. We are also looking for military vehicles and artifacts to be displayed in our Military Museum. The museum will be located in the Carriage House from 11am - 3pm.

There will be great food available for purchase all day long, such as pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, Greek pitas, hand dipped ice cream, fudge, roasted almonds and more. Application inquiries are to be made to Mary Malega at (248) 625-8231. Attendees can also bring their own picnic. Coolers are allowed. NO GLASS PLEASE. Alcohol is NOT permitted in Township Parks.

A great day has come to an end, now sit back, relax and enjoy fireworks right here in your community! EXPANDED SHOW this year! Guaranteed a 30 minute show, weather permitting. Rain date is July 5th. Glow items will be available for purchase by an exclusive vendor. Absolutely NO personal fireworks will be permitted in the park. Violators WILL BE TICKETED.

Last year was our second year for changing the location of where the fireworks were launched previously; a location within Clintonwood Park. Everest Academy has graciously agreed to allow us launch from their site again this year, one of the highest points within the township. Our ultimate purpose in moving the location is an attempt to raise the launch height in order to make the fireworks visible to a larger portion of the community. We will be looking for continued input this year, both at the event and around the community to determine whether this location will be a permanent change for future years.

Printable Documents:    Independence Fest Map and Independence Festival Flyer
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