National Cherry Festival
July 1 - 8, 2023
Every year over a half million people join in on the festivities of the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City Michigan the week of July 4th. The festival events are designed to keep everyone in mind, families, kids, adults, and the elderly can enjoy many kinds of activities from cherry pit spitting and pie eating contests, to the Grand Royale Parade in which the newly crowned Cherry Queen greets the crowds. There is also a Junior Royale parade for children and a Festival Airshow, including periodic visits from the Blue Angels.
National Cherry Festival is to celebrate & promote cherries. It also serves to promote tourism and community involvement, and to enhance the economic, entertainment, and cultural interests of the Grand Traverse region. First held in 1926, the festival grows in visitors and expectations each year.