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July 4 in Michigan: Your guide to the best fireworks

July 4 in Michigan: Your guide to the best fireworks

By Chaunie Brusie

June 18, 2024

It’s almost the Fourth of July, and for many Michiganders, that means one thing: It’s time for backyard barbeques and settling in for a dazzling firework show.

There’s something about watching fireworks that never gets old and people of all ages and stages can appreciate a good “ooo” and “ahhh” over the shared national holiday. 

And we may be biased, but we think there’s nowhere better than Michigan to watch fireworks—after all, who gets as much opportunity to watch fireworks explode over the biggest source of freshwater in the entire world? So whether you’re looking to watch fireworks explode over the Great Lakes or hoping for a more low-key celebration of our nation’s birthday, we’ve rounded up the best fireworks shows in Michigan to check out this year. 

The Best Fireworks Shows in Northern Michigan

If you’re headed toward the top of the mitten, be sure to check out these small and larger towns for fireworks, family fun, and a whole lot of patriotism. 

East Jordan
June 23

East Jordan beats the crowds by hosting their Freedom Festival from June 19-23—you can find carnivals, parades, music, and block parties, plus, fireworks set off over the southern part of Lake Charlevoix on June 22. 

Bay Harbor
July 3

Nearby Bay Harbor also offers family fun on the fourth, such as balloon animals, face painting, music, and of course, fireworks. But you’ll want to mark your calendars because they set off their fireworks on July 3 instead of the 4 to extend the festivities just a little bit more.

Boyne City
July 4

If you’re still around Lake Charlevoix for the Fourth of July, don’t worry—there’s also an official fireworks show on the holiday as well. You can find more fun in Boyne City with live music in the park, volleyball, a parade, and more during the day. 

Petoskey
July 4

You can count on Petoskey to offer a stunning celebration, with festivities and music all day, along with fireworks you can see over Little Traverse Bay from any downtown spot. 

Beaver Island
July 4

Small but mighty Beaver Island offers an unparalleled view of the sky awash with fireworks on the night of the Fourth—just be sure to ferry over for the fun occurring during the day too!

Traverse City
July 4

Traverse City’s Fourth of July celebration coincides with Cherry Festival, so you can head up early to check out all of the delicious cherry wine, desserts, and more, then end your day watching the fireworks over the water. 

The Best Fireworks Shows in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Just a quick hop and a skip over to the UP, adventurous holiday seekers can enjoy the fireworks in the less-crowded (well, in theory, anyways) areas of the Mitten.

Munising
July 4

You’ll definitely want to make a trip of it if you travel to Munising, where you can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, and more, before heading to Bayshore Park for the evening to watch the fireworks explode over Lake Superior. 

Mackinac Island
July 4

Mackinac Island might be one of the coolest places to spend the Fourth. From the annual stone-skipping competition that kicks the morning off (seriously, how cool is that?) to a giant picnic at Fort Mackinac before enjoying the fireworks set off from two different locations near the island. No matter if you’re on the island or enjoying the views from Mackinaw City, you’ll be sure to enjoy them. 

The Best Fireworks Shows in Southern Michigan

With easy access to the Great Lakes, Michigan’s thumb has great access to many dazzling fireworks shows to check out this year. 

Detroit
June 24

The 2024 Ford Fireworks are free to watch and can be viewed from many different locations in and around Detroit. There are also a lot of ticketed events happening during the day, like a rooftop party at the Hart Plaza and celebrations by The Parade Company

Lexington
July 5

The small lakeshore town of Lexington on Lake Huron is a picturesque and quaint town full of shopping, great food, and drinks, and is always bustling with activity from the marina and live events in the park. Join them for a Fourth of July parade on the 4th, followed by a fireworks party on the 5th.

Battle Creek
July 4, July 6

Battle Creek offers not one, but two different fireworks shows as part of its wee-long Field and Flight celebration that offers everything from aircraft displays to hot air balloons. Both shows last 15 minutes each and are touted as some of the longest in the entire state. You will need tickets to attend at the Kellog Field. 

Bay City
July 4, 5, and 6

Bay City’s Fourth of July celebrations aren’t just a fireworks display, they’re a whole festival of events spanning three days. According to the organizers, Bay City’s fireworks show is so impressive, that people from all over the country travel to watch it. And if you happen to miss the 4th don’t worry—there are fireworks over the water every single night for three nights straight. Pop in early to enjoy the Skerbeck Family Carnival during the day, then find your spot in the local park to enjoy live music and the dazzling fireworks display later in the day. 

The Best Firework Shows in Western Michigan

It’s probably no surprise that Western Michigan will feature some of the most dazzling fireworks displays in the state. With sandy beaches that line the west coast of the Mitten, you’ll be sure to find a town to camp out for the day (and night) on the fourth!

Grand Rapids
July 6

Patriotic celebrants can head to Ah-Nab-Awen Park on the banks of the Grand River as early as 6 pm to enjoy live music, food, crafts, and games before enjoying the pyrotechnic show that lights up downtown’s towers and will invoke plenty of “ooohs” and “ahhhs” in your crowd. 

South Haven
July 3

Watch South Haven’s fireworks curled up on the banks of Riverfront Park, find a spot on the local piers, or beaches, or thanks to a livestream link, from the comfort of your own home. South Haven’s fireworks are extra special because the show is synchronized to music. 

Ludington
July 4

Enjoy all kinds of festivities on the 4th in Ludington, from a Freedom Dash 1-mile race to a children’s and pet parade in the morning to the Grand Parde in the afternoon. Then, cozy up for the official fireworks display that lasts 20 minutes long and is often an entire evening celebration by spectators in the park or beach.  

This article first appeared on Good Info News Wire and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.July 4 in Michigan: Your guide to the best fireworksJuly 4 in Michigan: Your guide to the best fireworks

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  • Chaunie Brusie

    Chaunie Brusie is a mom of five, a native Michigander, and a Registered Nurse turned writer and editor. She specializes in health and medical writing. Her work has appeared everywhere from The New York Times to Glamour to Parents magazine.

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