4th of July in the Tawases

The Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the
Tawas Area 4th of July Parade & “Light Up the Bay” Fireworks Display.


    2024 Parade Information


    The 2024 4th of July parade will occur on Thursday, July 4th at 11am.

    The theme for the parade is “Life is better on the Bay.”

    Recognition will be given for the float that best displays the theme.

    The parade begins at the corner of Newman and Lincoln St, travels towards US-23 where it takes a right, and continues into Tawas City, ending at Matthews St.

    The parade stretches 2.5 miles through the Tawases and includes over 100 vehicles.

    Please see the parade application for information on how to participate in the parade. Applications are due back to the Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce by June 28th, 2024.


    2024 Parade Application




     “Light Up the Bay” Fireworks Display”

    July 4th, 2024 – 10:15pm

    Shoreline Park, Tawas City


    In 2021 The Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce put together a Fireworks Committee. This committee continues to fundraise money for the Independence Day Fireworks display year-round.  The committee has been successful in their fundraising efforts, and because of this, the budget for the Fireworks has doubled. The committee puts together many fundraisers throughout the year including a large raffle,  event t-shirt sales,  5k Race & Walk, and direct sponsorships from the community.

    Please follow our “Light Up the Bay” Facebook page



    Event T-Shirt


    To help with the cost the committee is selling t-shirts again this year.  These t-shirts will have the new “Light Up the Bay” logo on the front which will coincide with the 2024 parade theme, “Life is better on the Bay.” They will also feature sponsors on the back.  The shirts will be available beginning Memorial Day weekend and will be sold at the TACC office, Neiman’s Family Market, and various events throughout the summer while supplies last. The price is $15 for sizes xs-xl, and $17 for sized 2xl and 3xl. 

    If your business would like to be sponsored on the shirt please see the sponsorship information below. The deadline to be on the shirt is April 19th, 2024. 

    Light Up the Bay Raflle

    Raffle tickets will be sold beginning April 1st, 2024 and sold until July 3rd, 2024. All proceeds from the raffle go directly to the Light Up the Bay show. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce office. Committee members will also have them for sale on the weekends at various locations including Miners Grove, Tawas Hardware and Neiman’s Familoy Market.

    Summerfest 10k Run, 5k Run & Walk

    The ”Light Up the Bay” committee along with Tawas Wellness Warriors will once again be hosting the 5k Run & Walk that takes place during Summerfest. New in 2024  will be the 10k Run. The race will begin and end at the East Tawas Community Center.  Pre-registration for the Summerfest 5k is $30 and is available now. Registration after June 15th will be $35. Sign-up will take place online only through RunSignUp.com.  For inquiries regarding the race please email ahearnesean@gmail.com

    To sign up or for more information please visit



    Click below to donate to this year’s Celebration


    $2,500 Light up the Bay Sponsor


    $1,000 Grand Finale Sponsor


    $750 Finale Sponsor


    $500 Firecracker Sponsor


    $250 Sparkler Sponsor


    3% credit card service charge added automatically. For cash/check payment please see the sponsorship form below and return it to Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce office by April 19th, 2024.


    2024 Sponsorship Form



    Help "Light Up the Bay" for Independence Day!