Anchor Day, July 14-15, 2017 Empire, Michigan

Sponsored By Empire Area Community Center (EACC)

A Michigan Registered 501 (C) 3 Public Charity


Schedule of Events

Friday, July 14th

What:  Movie

Anchor Recovery

 Where: Empire Town Hall

Sponsored By:  The Empire Area Heritage Group

Time:  7:30 p.m. (Will last about 90) Come and go as you please.

Saturday, July 15th.


What:  Anchor Day Fun Run

Where:  Empire Beach Park Pavilion

Sponsored By:  Empire Area Community Center (EACC)

Coordinator: Darby Trapp

Time:  8:45 A.M. Registration, 9:00 A.M. Race Time



What: Quilt Show
Where: Methodist Church at 10050 West Michigan St. Empire MI
Sponsored By: Empire United Methodist Church
Time: 10 AM till 3 PM




What:  Anchor Day Parade

Where:  Front Street, Empire, MI

Sponsored By:  Empire Area Community Center, EACC

Time:  2:00 P.M.

Line Up:  1:30 at Johnson Park on Reynolds Street



What: Lions Club BBQ Chicken Dinner

Where: Town Hall

Sponsored By:  Empire Lions

Time: 2:00 P.M. till 8:00 P.M.



What:  Street Dance with live music by “Streaker”

Where:  Basketball Court at the Empire Beach

Sponsored By:  Empire Area Community Center (EACC)

Time:  7:00 P.M. till 11:00 P.M.

Anchor Day Celebrates 40 years in Empire!

July 15th is Anchor Day in Empire. This celebration commemorates the raising of the an anchor from the depths of Lake Michigan in July of 1977. This year celebrates the 40th anniversary of the finding of this famous Anchor. The anchor was discovered by Doug Manning and Michelle Stryker while canoeing off the shore in about 18 feet of water. Doug asked if the museum could use a freighter anchor which was attached to a large wooden beam. Dave Taghon, who was then the Empire Village President knew that any relic found in Great Lakes waters belongs to the State of Michigan, so he called the Dorsett Maritime Academy and Oberlin College with his dilemma. He was assured that, if the anchor was properly displayed, Empire could have it. The anchor was raised by many village volunteers and was placed in it's current place of honor at the Empire Beach. In 1978 The Museum sponsored the first annual celebration called Anchor Day, to remember the exciting day the anchor was brought us from the depths of Lake Michigan. This celebration always occurs on the third Saturday in July. It is now sponsored by The Empire Area Community Center. Come and see the movie, "Recovery of the Anchor", which will be shown at the Town hall on Friday evening, July 14th at 7:30 PM. and join in all the festival events the next day, Saturday July 15th.