Alpena — Thousands gathered on the Thunder Bay River Wednesday afternoon to enjoy the festivities of the Thunder Bay Maritime Festival.
Not only were people dressed up for the holiday, they went all out. Overalls, hats, patriotic shirts, and plenty of American garb could easily be picked out throughout the day. Even cardboard boat regatta racers dressed in theme to show their pride for the red, white, and blue. The love for the colors was evident at every turn.
“It gives everybody the chance to go out and support,” said Festival Goer Joe Tews. “I mean for Halloween, it’s kind of expected but the Fourth of July, that’s where the real dressing up happens.”
The patriotism shown by the festival goers was second to none. Director of Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Katie Wolf, said this was one of the most colorful years in recent history. The Maritime Festival has been taking place for 18 years. Helicopter rides, whitefish sandwiches, live music, and cardboard boat races are at the epicenter of this celebration. Now, folks can add patriotic dress to that list.
“There’s a lot of people who are going more out this year,” said Festival Goer Garret Schmidt. “It’s just nice seeing people get into the patriotic spirit.”