There will be Fourth of July celebrations throughout Michigan. You can join the fun at fireworks and festivals in your area. Many of the events will be going on for several days over the holiday weekend.
53rd Annual Detroit Fireworks, Along with the excitement of the fireworks at the Detroit International Riverfront will be food vendors and musical entertainment. This year’s fireworks will be held on Monday, June 27, beginning at dusk. A rain date is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28. Getting around the city is easy with the Detroit People Mover. The cost is fifty-cents per ride and will be available until 1 a.m. Children age five and under ride for free. Detroit city parking garages and lots will be available until 1 a.m. For more information visit http://www.riverdays.com/, or http://www.theparade.org/index2.php and click-on the word “HERE.” You can also go to http://www.puremichiganblog.org/events/detroit-fireworks-beginners-guide/.
Celebrate the Fourth on Mackinac Island, What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a patriotic visit to Mackinac Island. Weekend festivities begin on Friday, July 1, and continue through Monday, July 4. Each day Fort Mackinac will have a 38 gun salute, soldier demonstrations, canon firings and more. Saturday the fun continues with a Fourth of July Regatta. The culmination on Monday is an American Picnic with an all-you-can-eat barbecue from the Grand Hotel. Admission is required for most events. You can get all the details at their website, http://www.mackinacisland.org/upcoming-events/2011-07.
National Cherry Festival, The week long celebration in Traverse City never disappoints. Festivities begin on Friday, July 1, and continue through Saturday, July 9. Events include a classic car cruise, sporting events, music, air show, and much more. Fireworks display will be on the last day starting at dusk over West Grand Traverse Bay. Admission may be required for some events. If you like cherries and any type of food with cherries in it, this is the place to go to. For more information visit their website at http://visit.cherryfestival.org/.
Volkslaufe (volk – sloy – fay), German for “The People’s Race”, Celebrate with your family and friends at this Frankenmuth festival going on Sunday and Monday, July 3 and 4. The main event is the race which takes place on Monday starting at various locations around town. There will also be a beer garden and live music. Some events are free and others require admission. Fireworks displays will be held at Heritage Park on Sunday, July 3, at dusk. For more information visit their website at http://www.volkslaufe.org/.
Grand Haven 4th of July Fireworks, Festivities begin with a parade at 10:30 a.m. starting at City Hall down Ridge Avenue to Pine Street and ending at William Ferry Park. If you would like more information about the parade go to http://ferrysburg.org/. A Reading of the Declaration of Independence is sponsored by the Loutit District Library. This event is located at Waterfront Stadium and begins at 9:30 p.m. Grand Haven’s Musical Fountain, located at Waterfront Stadium, will display choreographed music and lights. After the Musical Fountain will be the fireworks displays at 9:45 p.m. sponsored by the Grand Haven Area Jaycees. You can visit their website for more information at http://www.visitgrandhaven.com/index.php?catid=16&flat=1&month=7&day=4&year=2011.
There are many more locations throughout Michigan for 4th of July Festivals. You can refer to the websites below for a complete schedule of events and locations.