Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

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Thunder Bay Maritime Festival
Bring the whole family to this free annual community event hosted by the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.  Since 2001 the sanctuary has encouraged thousands of visitors to delve deeper into the maritime world at this celebration of all things nautical.  Tour research vessels, and fishing boats docked along the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail.  Enjoy live music on the main stage, kids games and crafts, see the small boat workshop, taste some local whitefish, explore the shipwreck century exhibits and more! 

Festivities start each year at 500 W. Fletcher Street following the 4th of July parade in downtown Alpena. 


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