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United States Air Force Thunderbirds

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds perform at the National Cherry Festival July 1 & July 2, 2023. Please check back for additional details and boater information.

US Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City

The U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City demonstrates search and rescue used on the Great Lakes. The National Cherry Festival is proud to be located in a Coast Guard City and is thankful for the support of the USCG.

Thank you to our Air Show Sponsors!

Northern Michigan Toyota Dealers 2022
Cherry Capital Airport
NMC Aviation Division
Aces Marine & Salvage 2022
AV Flight
Sam's Club
WTCM GOLD AM 1310 - 2022
UpNorthLive 2022

Boater & Air Show Frequently Asked Questions


Safety is the primary concern of the National Cherry Festival, United States Coast Guard and the Grand Traverse Veterans Coalition. The U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes Marine Sector, in cooperation with the FAA, has issued a Marine Permit that authorizes restrictions on boating during these events. We will make every effort to minimize any inconvenience these restrictions may cause you.

Patrol vessels from the U.S. Coast Guard Station Charlevoix, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Grand Traverse County Sheriff Marine Patrol, Leelanau County Sheriff Marine Patrol, and Coast Guard Auxiliary Patrol and Power Squadron will enforce restricted areas.
The time frame for these restrictions may change slightly from these published times. Please listen for all Notice to Mariners broadcasts from the U.S. Coast Guard on Channel 16.

We appreciate your cooperation and hope you enjoy these events from your boat.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires areas under an aerobatic box to be clear of all spectators. These restrictions protect the spectators and help eliminate distractions to the air show performers. The restricted area will be marked by orange and white buoys and will be patrolled. The patrol vessels will begin to move boaters out of the area beginning at approximately 11:30 am and we anticipate the area to be closed to all vessels from 12:30 p.m. until about 3:30 p.m. each day. This restriction includes transiting vessels. If you intend to move north or south of the restricted area you must be in position before 12:30 p.m. and will not be able to return until after 3:30 p.m. Please listen to Notice to Mariner broadcasts concerning the restrictions on channel 16.

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