Village of Pentwater Events Highlight 150th Anniversary

The Village of Pentwater kicks off the celebration of its 150th anniversary on March 16th, 2017. Come see how it has changed over the years, map the village’s growth, and remember some of the most infamous moments.

There will be new and expanded activities throughout 2017. The “Throughout the Years” theme will showcase the Village of Pentwater in many different aspects.

  • March 16th – Throughout the Years Kick-Off Dinner
  • May 6th – Founder’s Day, highlighting the rich history of the founding of Pentwater
  • June to August – Explorer Guide Program at the Charles Mears State Park recognizing the history of the park
  • June 4th – Throughout the Years & Start of Summer Party

  • July 3rd – Fireworks
  • July 4th – Free Community Event to Celebrate the Sesquicentennial with all levels beach yoga at Pentwater State Park
  • July 8th – Fine Arts & Crafts Fair will have limited edition Village of Pentwater prints
  • August 7th to 13th – 87th Homecoming Celebration
  • September – Throughout the Years End Celebration & Time Capsule Burial

About the Village of Pentwater

The Village of Pentwater was incorporated on March 16, 1867 by the Michigan Legislature. The settlement of Pentwater began in 1853 with the opening of a sawmill which burgeoned into a great lumbering industry. At one time this site was the largest shingle mill in the United States. Due to the excellent shipping facilities, factories for brick, furniture and foundry grew.

In the 1900s, Pentwater soon became known as a wonderful resort area. Charles Mears State Park, founded by deed of the early Charles Mears lumber baron of fifty acres is located in the Village of Pentwater. There are many Victorian homes and cottages throughout the historic village. The Village Green survives and is the site of the seasonal Thursday night Civic Band Concerts for the past 69 years. Highlights of the annual summer season are the mid-July Annual Fine Arts Fair and the August Pentwater Homecoming Celebration.

As of today, Pentwater’s fame of natural beauty, fishing, boating, fine parks, beaches, golden sand dunes and harbors is widespread and lure many summer visitors. Many find Pentwater very picturesque a delightful place to live.