The Back Story


Fourth of July Fun, 1893

by Nancy Sajdak Manning


Above: Bay City lumberman and ship salvager Captain James Reid, great-grandfather of Bay City's present-day Dr. James Reid, invited everyone in town to come out on the Fourth to see his new fire tug, Protector, shoot its five-inch water hose across the river at the Fifth Street docks. Photo courtesy of the Dr. James Reid Collection.

"Although Bay City will not formally celebrate the Fourth of July this year, her citizens will refrain from business pursuits and enjoy themselves in such manner as seems best. A large delegation will undoubtedly go to Saginaw to participate in the celebration there. The [horse] races will draw a large crowd." Article excerpt from The Bay City Daily Tribune, July 4, 1893.

Right: Advertisement from The Bay City Daily Tribune, July 4, 1893.