25th Annual Christmas Celebration and fireworks display

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – Downtown Mt. Pleasant will be filled with holiday spirit at the annual Christmas Celebration slated for November 30 – December 1, 2018. A community tradition for 25 years, this event offers a variety of activities for the whole family beginning with a sing-along and tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday at Town Center (Broadway and Main Streets.)

Saturday highlights include a pancake breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Admission is $7 per person and children under four are $5.  At 6 p.m. the lighted parade will wind through the streets of downtown and feature McLaren Central Michigan Hospital as grand marshal.

This year’s parade will host a contest for “Most Lights,” “Most Creative/Best Craftsmanship,” “Most Holiday Spirit,” and “Best in Show.”  To be eligible to compete, parade applications must be submitted to City Hall by Nov. 29.

On Saturday, the festival grand finale includes a fireworks display at 7 p.m. visible from the downtown area. This show, sponsored by the Bird Bar and Grill, is honoring both the 85th anniversary of The Bird and the 25th anniversary of the Christmas Celebration.  The fireworks will be shot off from a location in Island Park and will be visible throughout the downtown and surrounding areas. City Manager Nancy Ridley shared, “Mt. Pleasant is fortunate to have members of our community who believe in our city and want to give back, providing opportunities for our residents to gather and make memories.”

 For a complete list of activities visit www.facebook.com/downtownmp.

City reminds residents of fireworks regulations and safety

With Fourth of July celebrations quickly approaching, please follow the City’s regulations involving fireworks:

  • A person may ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks within the City on the day before, the day of, and the day after a holiday; but not from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • The ignition, discharge and use of consumer fireworks within the City are prohibited on all other days of the year.
  • Additionally, a minor shall not possess, ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks.
  • Fireworks shall not be used while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, or during times when a burning ban has been established by the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, MI.

For a list of burning restrictions by county, visit http://www.dnr.state.mi.us/burnpermits/.

Fireworks Safety Infographic