Annual Light Up the Night Music Series to Benefit the Freedom Festival Fireworks Fund

November-December, 2019


The Ludington Area Jaycees have announced the schedule for their 3rd Annual Light Up the Night Music Series. The event is a fundraiser to benefit the Jaycees 4th of July Freedom Festival Fireworks Fund.

There will be live music at a different location each Wednesday night from 6:30-8:30 pm for six weeks with local musicians donating their time and the sponsoring establishment making a donation to the Fireworks Fund.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle and past Freedom Festival t-shirts for sale at discounted prices with proceeds also benefiting the fireworks fund. And there will be a donation jar for additional fireworks fund donations.

Here is the schedule of performers and locations:


  • Wednesday, November 6th - Mike Luusua and his Amazing Invisible Orchestra at Blu Moon- 125 S. James St.
  • Wednesday, November 13th - Redux at Sandbar - 203 S. James St.
  • Wednesday, November 20th - Fremont John at Ludington Bay Brewing Co.- 515 S. James St.
  • Wednesday, November 27th - Adam Knudsen at Ludington Pub- 209 S. James St.
  • Wednesday, December 4th - Tom Zatarga at Jamesport Brewing Co.- 410 S. James St.
  • Wednesday, December 11th - Canopy Space at The Mitten Bar- 109 W. Ludington Ave.


  • About the Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival

    Patriotism is alive and well here in Ludington, Michigan, as demonstrated in the annual Freedom Festival, held every year since 1874. Sponsored by the Ludington Area Jaycees, this event is one of the few great July 4th festivals still in existence in Michigan.

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    Children and Pet Parade

    The fun begins July 3rd around 6pm with the Children's and Pet Parade at the south end of Ferry Street in downtown Ludington. Local children decorate their wagons or bikes, and even try to dress the family pet in red, white, and blue. Categories are Best Group Entry, Most Original, Most Patriotic, and Best Use of Pet, with prizes awarded to the winner of each. All participants receive a goody bag. It's a great kick-off to the holiday, and so much fun to watch. Line-up is at 6pm at the corner of Ferry and Loomis Streets with the parade heading east to Waterfront Park.

    Freedom Festival Grand Parade


    The Freedom Festival Grand Parade gets underway July 4th at 2pm and features floats, bands, politicians, local residents, and of course, the Scottville Clown Band. Thousands line Ludington Avenue to watch this hometown parade as they march downtown from Madison Street to Lakeshore Drive, all sharing the warmth and excitement of our nation's birthday. If you would like to enter a float into the parade, please go to ludingtonareajaycees.org for more information.

    Freedom Festival 1-Mile Dash


    A new event in 2019 is this 1-Mile Fun Run where runners are invited to run the Grand Parade route prior to the parade step off to help raise money for the evenings fireworks.

    Entry is $25 prior to June 24th. Late entry online and on race day is $30. Entry includes a tech shirt and a finisher's medal. Prizes will be awarded to top male and female runners. Tshirts are only guaranteed to those who register prior to June 24th. Remaining shirts will be available first come/first serve at packet pickup/registration on race day. Packet pickup and race day registration will take place at Leveaux Park- 900 E. Ludington Ave. from 12:30-1:30pm and the race will begin at 1:35pm. Water and frozen treats will be waiting for runners at the end of their one mile sprint. All race proceeds will benefit the Fireworks Fund.

    To register, visit eventbrite.com.

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    Fireworks at Dusk


    What would July 4th be without fireworks, and Ludington doesn't disappoint its residents or visitors. On the evening of July 4th starting around dusk (approximately 10:30pm), pick your favorite "viewing" site, such as Stearns Beach or Waterfront Park, and enjoy the show. Basically, anywhere you see water, you'll see the fireworks. Most people make an evening of it, arriving early to picnic or let the kids enjoy their sparklers. The colorful 20-minute display delights the crowd watching on land and from boats. It's the perfect ending to this annual celebration. Click here for more information on other firework displays in the area.



    Fireworks Sponsorships


    The Ludington Area Jaycees are currently seeking sponsorships and donations for their Freedom Festival Fireworks which light up Lake Michigan each 4th of July.

    The Freedom Festival brings tens of thousands of people to the beautiful Lake Michigan coastal city of Ludington and into local businesses operating there. The event is 100% funded by donations from local businesses, organizations, and individuals and this year's fireworks budget is $25,000. The Jaycees hold two annual fundraisers for the fireworks fund: The Crazy Bartender Contest in April and the Light Up the Night Music Series in October/November but still need donations and sponsorships to make up the difference.

    For more information on donations, visit ludingtonareajaycees.org or e-mail. info@ludingtonareajaycees.org.

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    West Shore Art Fair

    West Shore Art Fair
    Photo courtesy of Ludington Area Center for the Arts

    Held in conjunction with Freedom Festival activities, the West Shore Art Fair is the first weekend in July (July 7 & 8, 2018) in Rotary Park. The juried fine art and fine craft fair features over 100 artists in an open air setting. Approximately six weeks later in the same location, the Gold Coast Artisan Fair comes to town, featuring more crafts.

    Check out Ludington Lodging for places to stay during the Freedom Festival and Ludington Restaurants for great places to eat.



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