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Anchor Day

July 14, 2017 - July 15, 2017

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— Updated 2018 schedule coming soon! —

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

UpNorth Live Event Coverage

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  231-326-5584
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.


July 14, 2017
July 15, 2017


Downtown Empire