Fourth of July plans in MQT have been announced.
The 28th annual International Food Fest is slated for the mid-week celebrations of Independence Day. Different MQT vendors will showcase Cajun, Mexican, Thai and Chinese food in Mattson Lower Harbor park. Inflatable attractions and games will be available as well.
A stage will be set up for local artists on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday's acts include The Derrell Syria Project, Eclettico, Eddie and the Bluesers and Trailer Hitch showcasing the night. The acts will be in 90-minute blocks starting at 2 p.m. and Trailer Hitch taking the stage at 8 p.m. for a two-hour performance.
Controversy marred the 2012 fireworks show, as many people of MQT and the surrounding area went home early due to weather. According to Weather.com, there is a zero percent chance of rain in MQT, but stay tuned to MQT Social Scene's facebook page, as well as the Radio Eagle family of networks (100.3 the Point, 94.9 the Bay) as they do their own live coverage from Lower Harbor park. The fireworks are launched at the end of the old ore dock and can be seen at different downtown locations and along the lakeshore to MQT's South Beach.
The MQT Noon Kiwanis' Fourth of July parade will start at 2 p.m.. The parade route starts at Washington St. and McClelland before heading down to Washington and Third Streets before ending at Rock and Third Streets.
The International Food Fest will continue on Friday, July 5. Instead of local music the Texaco Country Showdown will go from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.. Sponsored locally by Sunny FM (WXFD 103.3), the country acts will yield for the Sass Captains, Jackpine and Say What? From 4 p.m. til 10 p.m..
Brice Burge is the Managing Editor of MQT Social Scene. He can be reached at briceMQT@gmail.com.