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Ludington, Michigan

Most of the year the small town of Ludington, Michigan is nothing more than a small retirement community off the east shore of Lake Michigan, complete with shuffleboard, a mini golf course, and many, many antique shops. But once a year the town comes alive on the Fourth of July for one big communal block party!

Most of the year the small town of Ludington, Michigan is nothing more than a small retirement community off the east shore of Lake Michigan, complete with shuffleboard, a mini golf course, and many, many antique shops. But once a year the town comes alive on the Fourth of July for one big communal block party!

Flying into Chicago from phoenix, I soon hopped on the I93 eastbound though Illinois, Indiana, and finally into Michigan before reaching my destination in Ludington, just one day before the big celebration. As soon as I arrived, I hopped out of the car and took a nice walk through the city to visit the many small shops along the main avenue and began snapping away!

The next day is when the actual festivities began. The day started out with a Fourth of July parade that consisted of mostly the local police, fire and military heroes, as well as a performance by the famous Scottsville Clown band. That night, the city hosted it’s very own fireworks display, that can be seen from the beach, or the local marina just a few blocks east of the beach. Both locations are very packed with onlookers in lawn chairs with M80’s and the occasional kid running around with sparklers. Seeing as it doesn’t get dark until 10:30 EST, don’t expect to be home until around midnight or so, and by then you’ll be plenty burned out.

The next two days can be spent at the Ludington Fine Arts Exhibition in the Ludington City Park. While you’re there, you can shop around at local vendors for anything from jewelry, to paintings, photography, wood carvings and lots more! As July is Michigan’s warmest month, you may want to cool off by grabbing some ice cream and the famous House of Flavors ice cream parlor just a block east of the exhibition, or perhaps even take a dip in the lake, just 3 blocks west. No matter what you do while you’re there you’re sure to have a good time, whether it’s just walking around antiquing, catching the breeze on the beach, or even watching fireworks over Lake Michigan on the Fourth of July. Just make sure to take your Lomo!

written by pantsuitugggh

1 comment

  1. itsjustlikesleeping

    I was so happy to run acroos your nicely done review of traveling to Ludington with a LOMO in hand. I myself live in Manistee, MI right now (for the last 5 years) and both of these small towns have amazingly cool sights and some great laid back people. Im from Lansing origionaly born and raised, and it was a pleasant suprise to see just how nice the towns up here can really be. Out of curiosity what did you shoot with? If you wish you can contact me at my lomohome at itsjustlikesleeping or my e-mail itsjustlikesleeping@yahoo.com Have a great night!
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