Pure Michigan September 2013 Events Roundup

September is another busy month in Michigan! From music festivals and county fairs to art festivals and more , there is no shortage of things to do and see. As the temperatures begin to cool and fall begins to move in, make sure to take advantage of some of these seasonal happenings. 

For a complete listing of events happening in Pure Michigan, visit michigan.org.


Week of September 1

Detroit Jazz Festival
August 30-September 2, 2013, Detroit
Come and enjoy the 34th annual Detroit Jazz Festival which occupies two million square feet of downtown Detroit from Hart Plaza on the riverfront, three blocks north to beautiful Campus Martius Park. Entertainment will be placed on stages throughout the space. More information is available on the Detroit Jazz Festival website.

Arts, Beats & Eats
August 31-September 3, 2013, Royal Oak
Oakland County’s premier entertainment festival which draws nearly 400,000 people to experience more than 200 juried art exhibitors, 50 restaurants and 200 performances on 10 stages downtown Royal Oak. For more information call (248) 334-4600 or click here.

Harmony Fest
September 1, 2013, Three Rivers
As always, Three Rivers will be closing the summer of 2013 out with an amazing schedule of bands. With the main stage taking place on Main Street, in beautiful downtown Three Rivers, everyone is invited to bring a lawn chair and your friends and relatives for a free musical event. There will be food vendors, live music and kids’ activities starting at 1 p.m. Visit the website for all of the details!

Annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk
September 2, 2013, Saint Ignace
Join thousands of walkers and make the five-mile trek across the Mighty Mackinac Bridge! Walkers can begin walking at 7am and can start up until 11am. The annual trek across the 5-mile long Mackinac Bridge occurs on Labor Day, the only day of the year pedestrians are allowed on the bridge. Walkers begin in St. Ignace at the north end of the Bridge and walk south. The walk is one-way, and bus transportation is available to return you to St. Ignace until 2:30pm. You can also park your vehicle in the parking lot of the Little Bear East Arena and be shuttled to and from the start line for the bridge walk. For additional information, visit the website link.

Tip of the Mitt Paddle Fest
September 7-8, 2013, Cheboygan
This two-day event will feature a Saturday “Paddlerama” where paddlers will participate in a series of paddle events, including: sprints, SUP jousts, SUP yoga, demos, races and water safety programs on Mullett Lake at the beach of Aloha State Park. Stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and canoes are welcome. There will also be live music, craft beer festival, featuring some of the tastiest beers, local eateries and bands from around the region. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to the website.

Week of September 8

Miss Michigan USA and Miss Michigan Teen USA 2014
September 13-14, 2013, Port Huron
Live from Port Huron, Michigan, it’s 2014 Miss Michigan USA and Miss Michigan Teen USA. Join us for this pageant as high-caliber, young, Michigan woman compete for the title of Miss Michigan USA and Miss Michigan Teen USA. Winner moves on to compete for Miss USA and Miss Teen USA. Presentation show is September 13, 2013, and Final Show is September 14, 2013. For tickets or additional information, visit the website link.

DIY Street Fair
September 13-15, 2013, Ferndale
The DIY Street Fair is a free two-day, three-night event in Ferndale, Michigan where local artists, crafters, businesses, groups and organizations, musicians, restaurants, brewers and others who live and work with a do-it-yourself ethic converge for one big celebration. The event showcases the immense creative energy, independent spirit and innovative talent that can be found throughout the area. It aims to be a showcase for local, homegrown, forward thinking solutions, original works, innovative products, businesses and ideas. Event located on E Troy Street, off of Woodward Ave, one block south of E 9 Mile Road in Ferndale. For event information, visit the website here.

Grand Haven Salmon Festival
September 13-15, 2013, Grand Haven
The 10th Annual Grand Haven Salmon Festival, a three-day festival slated for September 13-15, 2013 in downtown Grand Haven. The outdoor-waterfront festival features live jazz music; Michigan tasting pavilion (ID required for wine/beer tasting) featuring Michigan’s top wineries and grape stomping; gourmet salmon cook-off contest; fall harvest beer & entertainment pavilion; downtown merchant market; fine art fair on the waterfront; Big King Salmon fishing contest with weigh-in/awards ceremony; mouth-watering food and beverage treats at the Fresh Catch Fish Boil; Grand Haven historic displays through the Tri-Cities Museum; hands-on children’s nature-themed arts & crafts activities; and educational, environment-focused exhibits, displays, workshops—and more! For more information on this event, visit the website or call (616) 842-4499.

Michigan Irish Music Festival 2013
September 13-15, 2013, Muskegon
The Michigan Irish Music Festival returns to Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon, with a weekend of live music, activities, and culture! The Festival features Irish & Celtic music on three covered stages. In addition to continuous live music, the Celtic Kitchen and Bob and Bernie’s Pub serve up authentic Irish food and beverages. Other festival activities include the Irish Marketplace, children’s activities, a cultural center, and a session tent. A popular highlight on Saturday is the Michigan FEIS, an Irish dance competition. Sunday morning, a Catholic Mass will be held at 9 am followed by a traditional Irish breakfast. The festival offers an Early-In Free promotion on Friday only from 5 to 6pm . If you buy your tickets online, general admission is $10 on Friday (5-11pm), $15 on Saturday (11am to 11pm) and $10 on Sunday (8:30am to 6pm). Tickets at the booth are $15 Friday, $20 Saturday, and $15 on Sunday. Three-day passes are $30 online and $40 at the ticket booth.

Taste of Traverse City Festival
September 13-15, 2013, Traverse City
The first annual Taste of Traverse City Festival is celebrating the love of it all in three days with three featured events – Downtown Grub Crawl, Taste of Traverse City, and Best of Brunch. The Taste of Traverse City Festival takes place in Traverse City September 13-15. Tickets for all featured events are now on sale. The featured events of 1st Annual “Taste of Traverse City Festival” will provide visitors an opportunity to experience the epicurean specialties, shops, and restaurants that have the Northern Michigan town topping the lists as a food, wine, beer, vacation and event destination. Visit the website for more information.

Victorian Festival
September 13-15, 2013, Northville
Journey back through time to a simpler era with a visit to downtown Northville’s 25th annual Victorian Festival on September 13-15, 2013. Experience the art, history and romance of the 1800s amid Northville’s historic downtown district and tree-lined streets with entertainment, demonstrations, rides for the kids, food booths and more. For more information go to the website or call (248) 349-7640.

Week of September 15

ArtPrize 2013
September 18-October 6, 2013, Grand Rapids
ArtPrize is an international and the world’s largest art competition open to any artist and decided by public vote. Take 11 days to explore over 4500 artists at 515 venues and vote for the entries you think should win. Visit the website for more information and details about the event.

Detroit Design Festival
September 18-22, 2013, Detroit
The third-annual Detroit Design Festival (DDF) will put Detroit’s creative community on display Sept. 18 to 22, 2013. This year’s DDF will feature 60 events in neighborhoods throughout Detroit. The festival will connect 300 designers and creative practitioners with design enthusiasts in five days. A feast for the eyes, the DDF features dozens of design installations, shows, previews, performances and workshops. Design Happenings will take place at venues along Detroit’s Creative Corridor, from downtown to New Center. Highlights include the Detroit Design Festival official launch party Sept. 17, the Toyota Lecture Series with a legendary designer Sept. 18, Eastern Market after Dark and the debut of The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller at the DIA on Sept. 19, Detroit’s historic Avenue of Fashion is revealed on Sept. 20, Design in Motion Sept. 21, and walking tours of Lafayette Park Sept. 22. For more information and a complete schedule of all 60 Design Happenings, visit the website.

Frankenmuth Oktoberfest 2013
September 19-22, 2013, Frankenmuth
A German festival with a large wooden dance floor. Good food, drinks, and souvenirs. Located in the Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park. For more information, click on the website or call (800) FUN-FEST (386-3378).

Michigan Firemen’s Memorial Festival
September 19-22, 2013, Roscommon
Fire Chiefs, Fire Fighters, EMS and thousands of friends and family from all over the United States and foreign countries will gather in September in memory of the valiant Fire Fighters who gave the supreme sacrifice of their lives while protecting their communities. Festival will include family night, arts & crafts, activities for the kids, demonstrations, and a parade. Event will take place at Roscommon County Fire Training Grounds (formerly known as the Roscommon Fair Grounds), Michigan Fireman’s Memorial, and downtown Roscommon. Free parking. Free admission. For more event information or for a schedule of events, visit the website.

Festival of the Forks
September 20-21, 2013, Albion
The Festival of the Forks is a joyous community celebration with art, music, food and fun in downtown Albion. The festival celebrates the founding of Albion, located at the fork on the Kalamazoo River. Throughout the event, enjoy a classic car show, bands, a parade and more! Click here for more details.

Week of September 22

Hillsdale County Fair
September 22-28, 2013, Hillsdale
People from all over Michigan and the surrounding areas await the return of the Hillsdale County Fair each fall. Fair events include horse show, kid’s fest, fireworks, tractor pull, and grandstand events. The fair always starts the third Sunday after Labor Day Monday in September. For more information or the line-up of grandstand events, visit the website.

Four Flags Area Apple Festival
September 26-29, 2013, Niles
We are a four day festival based in Niles, Michigan. The festival is one of the top festivals in the State of Michigan. Four Flags Area Apple Festival is on the corner of Lake and 17th Street. We offer carnival rides, food vendors, arts and crafts on Saturday and Sunday with over 190 booths, parades, contests, Free entertainment and much much more for all to enjoy! For more information on this event, visit the website or call us at (269) 683-8870.

Autumn in the Islands
September 27-28, 2013, Cedarville
Celebrate our spectacular northern Michigan autumn weather with a Michigan wine tasting, barn-style dance, bbq foods, hay rides, and games for kids and adults! Cider and doughnuts, pumpkins and a treasure hunt in the hay give something for the whole family to do! Those seeking a more energetic venue can challenge themselves at the 2nd Annual Cedarville Jersey Mud Run – named for our famed Jersey Mud ice cream sundae. This wild and sloppy foot race will take you through obstacles such as sand pits, up and down walls, through water and mud, and will end with food, brews, loud music, and of course, Jersey Mud ice cream sundaes! The first “mob” style race of its kind in the Eastern UP! Call (906) 484-3935 for more event information or check for updates on the website.

Fall Fever & Craft Beer Festival
September 28-29, 2013, Cadillac
Cadillac’s second annual Craft Beer Festival, third annual Classic Car Show, Fall Fever Parade, Cemetery Historic Tours, bounce houses, face painting, balloons, pumpkin decorating, pie eating contest, and craft soda & ice cream tent. Food and craft vendors. Sunday Criss Cakes flying pancakes under the tent. For details, call (231) 920-5189 or click here.

Hazel Park Art Fair
September 28-29, 2013, Hazel Park
Head to Green Acres Park at 620 W. Woodward Heights (9 1/2 Mile), in Hazel Park, Michigan One block West of I-75 for one of the best art fairs in metro Detroit. The event features lots of local artists, musicians, and more! Visit the website for more information.

Week of September 29

Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show
October 2-6, 2013, Novi
Over 200 new recreation vehicles will be on display including folding campers, motorhomes, travel trailers, truck campers, and fifth wheel travel trailers. Open weekdays 2-9pm, Saturday 11am-9pm, and Sunday 11am-6pm. Admission for adults (age 13 & up) is $8, senior admission is $7, and children ages 12 and under are admitted free. Discount coupon available at website. For more information, visit the website or call (517) 349-8881 ext 11.

Lexington’s Octoberfest/Fall Flannel Festival
October 4-6, 2013, Lexington
Come help Lexington celebrate the successful grape harvest by stomping grapes and the Pumpkin Palooza 1-3pm.

Buster Keaton Film Festival
October 5, 2013, Muskegon
Buster Keaton was one of the greatest silent film stars in the world! Every year the Buster Keaton convention comes to Muskegon and you’re invited to the film festival, happening Saturday night, October 5 at the beautiful Frauenthal Theater! Enjoy the films that were truly from a time before. Dennis Scott will perform on the Barton Theater Organ for a true silent film experience! Tickets are $6 per person or $20 for a family (up to 6 members).

Great Waters Festival
October 5-6, 2013, Saint Ignace
The bounty of fall and the best that Michigan has to offer – that’s the potent combination that awaits you at the Great Waters Festival. Visit the tents and partake of Made in Michigan crafts, artwork, foods, beverages and live music. The Michigan Stilt Walker himself, Neil Sauter, will be with us again on Saturday from 10am-6pm, and Pat Harrison, the Lord of the Gourd, will demonstrate his fantastic carving skills for us on Sunday from 10am-3pm too! On Saturday, join the Crabby Apple Road Race, try your hand at The Great Pumpkin Roll, and enjoy the family-friendly activities of Apple Days hosted in the St. Ignace Marina parking lot and throughout downtown St. Ignace. Saturday, October 5, 10am – 6pm. Sunday, October 6, 10am – 3pm. Admission if $2 per person, and FREE for children five years of age and younger! For more information visit the website or call (888) 878-4462.

Huron Township Applefest
October 5-6, 2013, New Boston
Come join us in New Boston for our annual Applefest. We’ll have a car show, apple pie contest, fiddlers contest, and much more. For additional information call (734) 753-3378.

These are just a few of the many events happening next month in Pure Michigan. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing.

Pure Michigan August 2013 Events Roundup

August is just around the corner, and there are a ton of fun things happening around the state! From music, art and film festivals to racing events and more, there is something for everyone – whatever your interest might be.

Below is a roundup of just some of the many events going on around the state in August. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing.


 Week of July 28

Traverse City Film Festival 2013
July 30 – August 4, 2013, Traverse City
Founded in 2005 this festival presents an outstanding selection of independent films as well as premieres, parties, panel discussions and lectures about the world of film. Most events are held in or near downtown Traverse City and there are free family movies each night at the Open Space Park on Grand Traverse Bay. For more information visit the website or call (231) 392-1134.

Menominee Waterfront Festival
August 1-4, 2013, Menominee
Head to Menominee for the annual Waterfront Festival that features a parade, food vendors, live music, children’s activities, sailboat race on the bay, 5K and 10K runs and walk, and more. Visit the website for a daily schedule of events.

Flint Jazz Festival
August 2-4, 2013, Flint
Relax while listening to local Flint Jazz musicians as well as regional and national headliners. Food vendors and art and craft vendors will add magic and color to the event. Performances run Friday evening and all afternoon on Saturday and Sunday. Event held at Riverbank Park in beautiful downtown Flint (200 Beach Street). For more information visit the website.

Tawas Bay Fine Art Festival
August 3-4, 2013, Tawas City
This fine art show and sale on Tawas Bay is located at Tawas City Park U.S. 23. The event features fine art, pottery, wood carving, sea glass and silver jewelry, black ash baskets, musical entertainment, children’s hands-on art and food vendors.

Wooden Boat Week
August 4-11, 2013, Cedarville
Wooden Boat Week is a celebration of Les Cheneaux’s boating heritage with events and activities leading up to the 36th Annual Les Cheneaux Wooden Boat Show and Festival of Arts. Les Cheneaux is more than just home to hundreds of wooden boats—we have shops, galleries and events happening the whole week leading up to the 35th Annual Antique Wooden Boat Show & Festival of Arts Saturday, August 10, 2013. A complete list of the week’s activities can be found at the website link starting around July, or call (906) 484-3935.

Week of August 4

Coopersville Summerfest
August 6-10, 2013, Coopersville
Mark your calendars for August 6 – 10, 2013, for a full week of family-friendly activities, including the Del Shannon Memorial Car show and the Coopersville Tractor Show. For more information on this event, visit the website or call the Coopersville Chamber of Commerce at (616) 997-5165 or (616) 997-5164.

Humungus Fungus Fest
August 8-11, 2013, Iron River
Join us in Crystal falls for three days of celebration of this giant fungus phenomenon. The main event seems to be the making and eating of the Humungus Pizza. The fungus topped pizza is 10 feet by 10 feet! It’s the largest mushroom pizza in the world! There will also be a parade, fireworks and other races, tournaments and competitions. For more information on this event, visit the link or call the Chamber at (906) 265-3822.

Mackinac Island Festival of the Horse
August 8-11, 2013, Mackinac Island
Join us for another exciting festival this August 8th to 11th to see special guests that include Australia’s Double Dan Horsemanship and USDF Gold Medalist Betsy Van Dyke! The festival will once again showcase popular events like the Mackinac Island Carriage and Saddle Horse Parade, Festival of the Horse Show, Antique Driving Presentation, Pony Rides and much more! Visit the website for all the details!

South Haven’s 50th Annual National Blueberry Festival
August 8-11, 2013, South Haven
The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the National Blueberry Festival will be August 8-11, 2013. This four-day festival will be held in various locations in and out of doors in the Lake Michigan beach town community of South Haven. Many events take place overlooking South Haven’s picturesque harbor, 110 year old lighthouse and Lake Michigan. This is a very family-friendly event with activities for all ages to enjoy! Plus, most all events are free and open to the public. For main stage information and daily activities, visit the web link or call (269) 637-5252 or (800) SO-HAVEN.

New Buffalo Ship & Shore Festival
August 9-11, 2013, New Buffalo
Come to New Buffalo August 9-11 for three days of non-stop live entertainment, great food, family activities, contests, shopping and more! The highlight of the festival is a lighted boat parade through the New Buffalo harbor Saturday night followed by a huge fireworks display over Lake Michigan! For more information contact (773) 791-1809.

Week of August 11

Frankfort Art Fair
August 16-18, 2013, Frankfort
The Frankfort Art Fair is a local fine art fair with over 175 artists held in beautiful Market Square Park in downtown Frankfort. There is a free shuttle from Main St. to the fair and a collector car show three blocks away. The event includes a pancake breakfast, pig roast, cruise night and more! The Art Fair is open Friday 4 p.m. -8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call (231) 352-7251.

African World Festival
August 16-18, 2013, Detroit
After a successful 30th African World Festival (AWF) that brought 100,000 attendees to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, once again AWF will be celebrated on the grounds of The Wright Museum with special performances, poetry, arts and crafts, African drumming and dance, hundreds of vendors, ethnic foods, and events for all ages, including an expanded Watoto Village for the youngest attendees! To learn more about this free three-day festival, visit the website.

Woodward Dream Cruise 2013
August 17, 2013, Berkley
Dig out your letter sweater and poodle skirt, throw on your blue suede shoes, slick back your hair and get ready to enjoy a day filled with classic cars and great entertainment. This is the world’s largest one-day celebration of car culture and attracts more than 1 million visitors and more than 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through eight communities of Berkley, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac and Royal Oak. For more information on this event, visit the website.

August 17-18, 2013, Grand Rapids
GRandJazzFest is a free event August 17 2013, from noon until 10 p.m., featuring jazz artists with Michigan ties! GRandJazzFest brings together notable jazz performers as well as highlights up-and-coming artists for diverse audiences. GRandJazzFest is being held at Rosa Parks Circle, a central location in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Lineup includes Nick Colionne, Deon Yates, Phil Denny and more. For schedule and performer information, visit the website.

Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
August 18, 2013, Brooklyn
The 2013 racing season concludes with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400. The Sprint Cup Series stars always end the MIS season with an exciting finale, featuring many lead changes and exciting finishes. With great camping, affordable adult prices, special kids pricing, free parking and the ability to bring a bigger cooler with your favorite food and beverages, MIS is the perfect way to end your summer race season. Call (800) 354-1010 or visit the website for ticket and camping information.

Week of August 18

Midland Folk Music Festival
August 22-25, 2013
The festival features workshops, stage shows and festival activities. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, there will be lots of workshops at all levels, covering many acoustic instruments and dance. For those who enjoy performing or watching others perform, there will be many open mic periods. For entrance fees and more information, visit the website.

Clio Fest
August 23-24, 2013, Clio
Downtown Clio is the home of the annual Clio Fest on August 23-24. There will be music both days at the Clio Amphitheater as well as in the entertainment tent. There will also be food, a motorcycle poker run, car cruise, bounce houses for the kids, vendor booths and much more. Please call (810) 687-7590 for more information or visit our website for details and updates.

28th Street Metro Cruise
August 23-24, 2013, Grand Rapids
With fifteen miles of car events along historic 28th Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan with the epicenter at Rogers Plaza Mall in Wyoming (972 Rogers Plaza SW), the Metro Cruise® has grown through the years to become West Michigan’s premiere auto event, attracting more than 200,000 visitors and over 15,000 vehicles. Planned events include “Metro Cruise® Live” – two nights of live-televised, rarely seen autos, the fan-favorite Pinup Girl Contest, a Sock Hop with live music, the annual Swap Meet, a DJ on premise, and food vendors. More events to come – check out the website for updates or call (616) 719-6494.

End of Summer Blues Fest
August 24, 2013, Alpha
Come to Alpha, Michigan, on August 24, for the End of Summer Blues Fest. Gates open at noon, music begins at 1 p.m. A very fun event for the whole family at the Pavillion in Alpha, Michigan. The event will also feature food and merchandise vendors. Bring a bag chair and come relax to some good music!

Coho Festival
August 24-25, 2013, Honor
The annual Coho Festival is a two-day event centralized in Honor, Michigan usually the 4th weekend in August. Honor is considered the ‘birthplace’ of salmon in the state of Michigan, as the first salmon were planted in the Platte River. Activities include a parade, state fish hatchery tours, lawn tractor races, a 5K-walk/run, an arts & crafts fair combined with a flea market, games and fun for the young, a beer tent with live entertainment and more. For more information, visit the website or call (800) 882-5801.

Week of August 25

Marquette Marathon

August 30-31, 2013, Marquette
The full, half and marathon relay are on August 31, 2013 with the kids race and race expo taking place on August 30, 2013. The Marquette Marathon is an official Boston Marathon qualifier that has been organized by marathon runners for marathon runners. The course is relatively flat and extremely scenic, taking you pass some of Marquette’s most notable locations. These sights include Presque Isle, the Marquette lighthouse, iron ore docks and miles and miles of Lake Superior shoreline. For more information and to register visit the website.

Detroit Jazz Festival
August 30-31, 2013, Detroit
Come and enjoy the 34th annual Detroit Jazz Festival which occupies two million square feet of downtown Detroit from Hart Plaza on the riverfront, three blocks north to beautiful Campus Martius Park. Entertainment will be placed on stages throughout the space. For all the details click here.

Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair
August 30-21, 2013, Novi
Four days of State Fair excitement are bigger, better and more fun this year! One low price of admission includes the Shrine Circus, a carnival midway, live animals, and exhibits. For more information, call (248) 348 6942 or visit the website here.

Arts, Beats & Eats
August 31-September 3, 2013, Royal Oak
Art, Beats & Eats is Oakland County’s premier entertainment festival which draws nearly 400,000 people to experience more than 200 juried art exhibitors, 50 restaurants and 200 performances on 10 stages downtown Royal Oak. For more information call (248) 334-4600 or click here.

Annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk
September 2, 2013, Saint Ignace
Join thousands of walkers and make the five-mile trek across the Mighty Mackinac Bridge! Walkers can begin walking at 7 a.m. and can start up until 11 a.m. The annual trek across the 5-mile long Mackinac Bridge occurs on Labor Day, the only day of the year pedestrians are allowed on the bridge. Walkers begin in St. Ignace at the north end of the Bridge and walk south. The walk is one-way, and bus transportation is available to return you to St. Ignace until 2:30 p.m. You can also park your vehicle in the parking lot of the Little Bear East Arena and be shuttled to and from the start line for the bridge walk. For additional information, visit the website.

These are just a few of the many events happening next month in Pure Michigan. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing.

Pure Michigan Fourth of July 2013 Events Roundup

Across Michigan, fireworks events have already started happening and people will be out and about celebrating the Fourth of July from now through next Thursday! With so many fun events happening across the state, there is still time to plan a great Independence Day adventure. Below is just a sampling of celebrations.

For a complete listing of events in Michigan visit www.michigan.org.

Fourth of July Celebration | Clawson
June 24-July 4, 2013, Clawson
In Clawson the celebration starts June 24. Events include an ice cream social, live music, parade, games and 5K run. The carnival midway opens on July 3 and on July 4 enjoy a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts event, fire department water battle, more entertainment and fireworks.

4th of July Celebration & Fireworks
July 4, 2013, St. Ignace
Combining the nostalgic sentiment of a small-town celebration with the picturesque backdrop of Lake Huron and Mackinac Island makes the 4th of July in St. Ignace something special. Watch the parade at 1 p.m., enjoy kid’s games and a community picnic at 2 p.m., and watch the fireworks over Moran Bay at dusk. Let us show you patriotism, St. Ignace style! For more information, call (888) 878-4462.

Grand Rapids 4th of July Fireworks
July 4, 2013, Grand Rapids
The Amway 4th of July Family Fireworks event is an annual favorite of upwards of 150,000 who come to downtown Grand Rapids to listen to great entertainment and enjoy a fireworks spectacular. The tradition continues on the lawn in front of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Patriotic music, dance and presentations mixed with great entertainment from local and national artists from 6 p.m. until the fireworks start. Fireworks will begin at 10:30. Visit the website for more information.

Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2013, Marshall
Celebrate Independence Day in Marshall! Festivities begin with the ‘Celebrate America’ parade at 10 a.m. Then, witness the annual flag rising, listen to the patriotic sounds of the Marshall Community Post Band and enjoy a traditional chicken dinner; it’s a true Independence Day celebration!

Frankfort’s Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2013, Elberta
Frankfort’s Annual 4th of July celebration includes: a parade, carnival, art in the park craft fair, sand sculpture contest on the Lake Michigan Beach,  BBQ and fireworks on Frankfort Beach at dusk (Approximately 10:30pm)! For more information, visit the website or call (231) 352-7251.

Traverse City 4th of July Fireworks
July 4, 2013, Traverse City
Enjoy a spectacular 4th of July fireworks display beginning at dark with great viewing from anywhere along the West Bay shoreline in Traverse City. Fireworks are expected to go from 10 p.m.  – 11 p.m.

Grand Haven 4th of July Fireworks
July 4, 2013, Grand Haven
The annual Grand Haven 4th of July Fireworks display lights up the night sky after the evening’s showing of the Grand Haven Musical Fountain. For more information call (616) 842-4499.

Fourth of July Celebration
July 4-6, 2013, Cedarville
Enjoy the spectacular view of fireworks over Cedarville Bay from Cedarville’s downtown waterfront park or the lawn of the Great Lakes Boat Building School on July 4. Come earlier in the day for the parade, kids games, hot dogs and burgers, Up in Smoke BBQ, races and contests and more. Wind down into early evening with music on the bay by Dance Commander DJ and a Jersey Mud eating contest. For more information, call (906) 484-3935.

Fourth of July – Harbor Springs
July 4, 2013, Harbor Springs
Events include a juried art fair, 3-mile and 10-mile run, parade, live music and fireworks. For event information, contact the Chamber at (231) 526-7999. See you on the Fourth and be sure to wear your red, white and blue!

Cadillac Independence Day Celebration

July 4-7, 2013, Cadillac
The event kicks off in the City Park with live evening entertainment. There will be the 2nd Annual Fire on Water (a tribute to our military past, present and future), and a full day of events including the Thunder on the LakeShore Motorcycle Show, Wrestling Extravaganza, children’s bounce houses, food & merchandise vendors, dunk tank, hot air balloon rides, community photo, ‘better than a water park’ event and an evening finale with the fireworks. For more information, visit the website or call (231) 775-0657.

How will you will be spending the 4th of July? Share with us below! For hundreds of more events and festivals happening around the state this month, visit michigan.org