Celebrating 75 Years of the City of Bridgman

Bridgman, Michigan – The City of Bridgman will be celebrating its 75th birthday on Saturday, July 13th, with a day packed full of celebrations and activities! The birthday bash, organized by the Bridgman Corridor Improvement Authority (CIA), will include a variety of family-fun activities and opportunities to visit local merchants to commemorate the day.
“We wanted to make this a true community celebration and are so thrilled to see so many businesses involved on various levels. From hosting an event or activity in their space, participating in the parade, and encouraging their customers to join us for the day, we are all excited to celebrate Bridgman and its 75th birthday,” says Hannah Anderson, CIA Chair.
The birthday bash celebration will kick off with the Bridgman 5K/10K, & 1.1 Mile Fun Run starting at 8:30 a.m., interested racers can sign up here: runsignup.com/Race/MI/Bridgman/5K10K.  Whether you’re an avid runner or prefer a slower pace, there is a distance for everyone. Proceeds from the races will help to fund Bridgman Cross Country and Track & Field.
Throughout the day, additional activities include a parade through downtown beginning at 11:00 a.m., free hot dogs and kids activities at Immanuel Lutheran Church, face paintings and balloon animals in the Courtyard, Autos & Ales Car Show at the Haymarket Taproom, a pop-up market at Transient Artisan Ales including Don Chepe’s food truck, and much more! The day will come to a close with a movie in the Courtyard with Bridgman Royalty, starting at dusk. Those wishing to participate in the parade can email organizer Sarah Buist at bridgmanparadecelebration.75@yahoo.com.
“We’ve had the opportunity to welcome visitors into our city at various events including the Makers Trail Festival, Holiday Village, and during Celebrate Bridgman, but to have this year be our 75th makes it extra special,” adds Jan Tapani, Mayor of the City of Bridgman.
One of the featured events for the birthday bash is the return of Rhythm & Blues and Doo-Wop Hall of Fame members The Spaniels Forever featuring Billy Shelton, the “undisputed Godfather of Doo-Wop”, Patrick Pitre, Phil Ratliff & Daniel “DP” Porter. Known as the first Midwestern R&B group, they will be performing at the Courtyard from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.
Originally from Gary, Indiana the group’s first single “Baby It’s You” reached #10 on the Billboard’s R&B charts. The following year, they released the song they are the most known for “Goodnite Sweetheart” which hit #24 on the Variety pop-charts before rising to #5 on Billboard’s R&B chart.
As you shop and enjoy all the activities throughout downtown, birthday cards made by Bridgman’s Elementary students can be seen at local merchants in celebration of the special occasion. Additionally, attendees will be able to enjoy food from local Bridgman restaurants, plus Social District beverages from Lake Street Eats and Transient Artisan Ales.
For more detailed information on Bridgman’s 75th Birthday Bash, visit tinyurl.com/Bridgman75th.
Event Sponsors: Indiana Michigan Power, Classic Catering & Events, A Friend of Bridgman, Arcadia Gardens, LLC, Casey’s General Store, D’Agostino’s Navajo, The Swab Agency Farm Bureau Insurance, Klipper’s Family Salon, Liskey Insurance, McGee’s heating & Cooling, Mayor Jan Trapani, Paws to Wash, United Federal Credit Union, & Wightman.
With support from the Greater Bridgman CGA and the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber.
Full Schedule of Events and Participating Merchants:
8:30 am: Bridgman 5K/10K & 1.1 Mile Fun Run
10:30 am – 1:00 pm: Children’s Games in the Courtyard with the Bridgman Public Library
11:00 am: Parade through Downtown
11:00 am: Lemonade Stand in the Courtyard with the Greater Bridgman CGA
11:00 am: Quatresonics Barber Shop Quartet singing throughout Downtown
12:00 – 2:00 pm: Free hot dogs and Kids Activities at Immanuel Lutheran Church
11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Swiggles & Smaxy Balloon Creations in the Courtyard
11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Face Painting in the Courtyard with Country Stitches
11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Autos & Ales Car Show at Haymarket Taproom
11:00 am – 5:00 pm: Pop-up Market at Transient Artisan Ales
11:30 am – 4:00 pm: Beer Garden & Boutique Lemonade at the American Legion Post 331
3:00 – 7:00 pm: Don Chepe Food Truck at the Pop-up Market
5:00 – 7:00 pm: Music in the Courtyard featuring The Spaniels Forever
Dusk: Movie in the Courtyard with Bridgman Royalty
About Greater Bridgman Area CGA
The Greater Bridgman Area CGA is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to promote and grow the community through economic development in the City of Bridgman and Lake Charter Township.

About Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber
The Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6, member-driven, business advocacy, and collective-impact organization proudly serving Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties. Using our expansive member-network and the power of our partnerships, we work to strengthen regional assets, advocate for regional priorities, and cultivate an economic ecosystem that prepares our region for future opportunity

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