Feel Festive with Independence Day Festivities Around Michigan
The Fourth of July is usually one of the best weekends of the summer. Whether you like to sit back and enjoy a flashy fireworks display, host a party or take part in your hometown’s local parade, there are plenty of options for celebrating. We rounded up some of the most notable patriotic events going on all around the state, perfect for your entire family:
Nothing says “Fourth of July” quite like a sparkling spectacle in the sky. There are plenty of picture-perfect backdrops for fireworks around the state (see here for a full list), but some you won’t want to miss are:
- Amway Family Fireworks, Grand Rapids: July 2, Ah-Nab-Awen Park
- Battle Creek’s Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival, Battle Creek: July 2 and 4, W.K. Kellogg Airport
- Birmingham Fireworks, Birmingham: July 3, Lincoln Hills Golf Course
- Traverse City 4th of July Fireworks, Traverse City: July 4, West Bay
- Marquette 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Celebration, Marquette: July 4, Mattson Lower Harbor Park
If you want to celebrate our country’s rich history, head to Greenfield Village for the Salute to America festival. From June 30 to July 3, visitors of all ages can enjoy performances by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, games and activities for kids, festive food and a firework show to top it all off. For a Michigan classic, check out the 10th annual Stars and Stripes Festival in Sterling Heights from June 30 to July 3. This free event will feature music, food and its biggest carnival yet. Another great festival is the Tawas Area Independence Day Celebration, running from July 1 to 4. This festival includes a bouncy playhouse, parade, firework display and much more.
Gather with your neighbors and watch performers, bands and community leaders march through town. One to see: the parade in Ludington, which has been going strong since 1874. The fun starts on July 3 with a children-and-pet parade followed on July 4 with the Grand Parade, featuring bands, floats and the Scottville Clowns Band. You can also head to downtown Plymouth for the town’s annual 4th of July Parade. Be sure to stick around for an afternoon picnic in Township Park. Or give the Frankfort Fourth of July Celebration a try, with a parade in the morning and a sand castle sculpture contest later at Frankfort Beach.
For a more fitness-friendly way to celebrate Independence Day, check out one of the several fun runs going on around Michigan. Downtown Ann Arbor will host the 2016 Firecracker 5K and Kids’ Dash on July 4. These runs take a patriotic start at the corner of Fourth and Liberty streets and end with an all-American hot dog eating contest. For another great run, head to Holland for the July 4th Celebration Freedom Fun Run. The family-friendly event takes the patriotism up a notch by encouraging festive red, white and blue gear. The Stars, Stripes and Splatter 5K in Acme on July 2 has you (literally) covered with Fourth of July fun. It’s a USA-themed color run that includes special prizes, inflatable obstacle course and a party afterwards.
With so much going on around the Michigan, you’re sure to have a fun-filled Fourth of July weekend. However you choose to celebrate, remember to do so safely. Happy Fourth!
Photo Credit: Adam Carter