July 5, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 157

Ooo, ahh, ohh

BESSEMER — Fourth of July celebrations drew crowds across the region Thursday, helped along by good weather.

Jason Juno/Daily Globe
Fireworks light up the sky over Massie Field in Bessemer Thursday evening as the Thunder on the Mountain display brings an end to the annual Bessemer Blast.

Bessemer Blast reached its peak with the annual Fourth of July parade Thursday evening drawing a large crowd along the route. Many people set up their lawn chairs early in the day to ensure a good spot to view the festivities.

A drum and fife group from Janesville, Wis., enlivened the parade with period costumes and music. A bag-piper and bands from A.D. Johnston High School and Luther L. Wright High School performed, as well, along with Marty's Goldenaires Drum and Bugle Corps and the Gogebic Range Band.

The week's events culminated Thursday night with a performance by Marty's Goldenaires at Massie Field before the Thunder on the Mountain fireworks display.

A children's parade was held earlier in the day.

Wakefield, Marenisco and Saxon also hosted parades in honor of the Fourth of July. There were lots of flags, veterans groups, and floats full of kids and high school reunions.

Wakefield’s fireworks display was Wednesday evening over Sunday Lake after a community concert in the park.

Hurley hosted a fireworks display Thursday evening over Lake Michele, viewable from around town.