The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will return to the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City next summer for the first time since 2010.

The festival will kick off its 88th annual celebration in 2014 with a highly anticipated, patriotic 4th of July weekend return visit by the Blue Angels.

The Festival Air Show will take to the sky on Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6 over West Grand Traverse Bay.

Federal budget concerns forced the Blue Angels to cancel more than two dozen shows this year.