Anchor Day

July 14 - 15, 2017

This year celebrates the 40th anniversary of the raising of our now-famous anchor from the depths of Lake Michigan in July of 1977. 

Sponsored By Empire Area Community Center (EACC)
A Michigan Registered 501(C)3 Public Charity  




Friday, July 14th

Movie Screening: Recovery of the Anchor

Sponsored by the Empire Area Heritage Group

Where: Empire Town Hall

Time: 7:30 PM
Movie is approximately 90 minutes long,
feel free to come and go as you please.


Saturday, July 15th

Quilt Show

Sponsored by the Empire United Methodist Church

Where: Empire United Methodist Church
10050 West Michigan Street

Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Anchor Day Fun Run

Sponsored by the Empire Area Community Center
Coordinator: Darby Trapp

Where: Empire Beach Park Pavilion

Registration: 8:45 a.m.
Race: 9:00 a.m.


Anchor Day Parade

Sponsored by the Empire Area Community Center
Call Linda Payment with questions at  

Where: Front Street

Line up: 1:30 p.m. at Johnson Park on Reynolds Street

Parade begins: 2:00 p.m.


Lions Club BBQ Chicken Dinner

Sponsored by the Empire Lions

Where: Town Hall

Time: 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Street Dance with Live Music featuring Streaker

Sponsored by the Empire Area Community Center
Live music generously funded by Art's Tavern 

Where: Basketball Courts at Empire Beach

Time: 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.