Instagram video captured people gathering at southern Michigan's Diamond Lake appearing to be in close proximity, without masks.
The Instagram page is run by the residents in the area and is meant to inform other residents about gatherings at Diamond Lake, which is only accessible by private home lake entry or one public boating drop off point.
One resident who runs the Instagram page told CNN the party was run by residents for residents in a public area of the lake. The Cass County community has thrown a Fourth of July party on the public sand bar for 30 years, he said. The resident asked to remain anonymous for safety concerns.
We’re not the only lake that had a Fourth of July party I can guarantee you that. People like their freedom, that’s all it comes down to especially on a day like the Fourth of July,” the man said.
Donations paid for the entertainment, trash removal and security guards, the resident said.
“There’s one public access point to the lake with 57 parking spots, once they’re full that’s it. The majority of people in the video live here and they’re residents or this is their summer home,” the resident added.
We can’t control what people do. We made announcements saying we’re trying not to have everybody right packed in tight. We wanted to have more distance between people and you know that’s just young people wanting to enjoy their freedom,” he said.
Wearing masks is required in public places statewide in Michigan. Any individual leaving their residence must wear a face covering.
CNN has reached out to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office, local and state health department officials.