Fireworks in Michigan

Note: Look here for information for the 2011 Michigan Fireworks shows.

Independence Day is just around the corner, so we wanted to share some of the fireworks celebrations taking place all over Pure Michigan!

Fireworks BBQ Sail, July 1, 2010

See the fireworks from the best seat in the house – the Deck of a Tall Ship! Join us on the Appledore IV for a three-hour sail, a BBQ meal and the Bay City Fireworks. Departing from Wenonah Park at 6:00pm and returning at 9:00pm. Stay aboard and watch the fireworks at 10:00pm. Tickets include access to all Wenonah Park Festivities.

Bay City Fireworks Festival, July 1- 3, 2010

Annual three-day community celebration including carnival rides, a craft show, musical concerts, food and one of the largest fireworks displays in this part of the Midwest with fireworks being shot out over the Saginaw River from both Wenona and Vets Park each evening of the festival!

4th of July Bessemer Blast 2010, June 30–July 4, 2010

This week long event has something for everyone. Come out and see an F16 Fighter jet fly over, parade, largest fireworks display in the Upper Midwest region, a mud run, a demo derby, 3 on 3 basketball tournament and a softball tournament. Come out for some small town charm and celebrate with them. Events are free to watch.

An Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration in Wakefield, June 25- July 4, 2010

Come to the Wakefield MI 4th of July Old Fashioned Celebration starting on June 25th and running through July 4th. Come join the fun!

Greatest 4th in the North 2010, June 30– July 4, 2010

The 2010 Celebration will begin Wednesday, June 30 and end on Sunday, July 4. We have a lot of great events that take place, including lots of FREE entertainment. Catch the main stage acts, a clown or even a juggler. Other fantastic finds will be “Battle of the Bands”, a karaoke contest, a two day arts and crafts show, a 2K, 5K and a 10K race. Most of all, enjoy the Grand Parade and fireworks which will take place on July 4th.

Independence Day Festival, June 30- July 4, 2010

Honor our ancestors’ independent, self-sufficient lifestyles, and spend time this weekend with friends and family celebrating this country’s independence. Enjoy a patriotic parade and ice cream social on July 4.

Muskegon Summer Celebration, June 24- July 4, 2010

Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon is home to 11 days of concerts, events, fireworks, arts & crafts and carnival rides. Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, Muskegon Summer Celebration has an event for you. Play in the sand during the Michigan Sand Sculpture contest, or watch in amazement as the Master of the Chainsaw sculpts masterpieces before your eyes. Scheduled performers will be announced as they become available. Check the link frequently.

Soaring Eagle’s Fourth of July Celebration! July 1- July 4, 2010

This Fourth of July, celebrate at Soaring Eagle with a weekend full of fun! July 1-4, enjoy a carnival with a free midway and get a rides wristband for just $15 per day. Get your tickets now for Monster Truck Madness on Saturday, July 3! Then it’s our grand finale on Sunday, July 4 with a free concert from 2:30 to 10:30 pm featuring local bands and The Verve Pipe. Plus, don’t miss our fireworks spectacular later that evening.

Westland Summer Festival, June 30- July 4, 2010

The festival will kick off with a parade. Come enjoy fun entertainment, the Midway by Wade show, the world famous Robinsons racing pigs and so much more. Fireworks are scheduled for the festival’s finale.

Clawson 4th of July Celebration, June 26– July 5, 2010

Festivities include 5K run and a fun run, amusement rides, bingo and food concessions. Watch the parade or the ball games or visit the arts and crafts booths. In the evening, listen to entertainment and view the fireworks display.

Festivals & Fireworks, June 26– September 4, 2010

The St. Ignace waterfront, port to Mackinac Island, will host fireworks shows on June 26, July 4, and then every Saturday through September 4. Ample public viewing space and parking. Free to all visitors.

4th of July Boat Parade on Otsego Lake, July 3, 2010

A parade of boats on Otsego Lake at 4 pm.

Fireworks Display, July 3, 2010

A display of fireworks to celebrate Independence Day at Caseville Harbor Breakwall.

Fireworks-Bay Harbor, July 3, 2010

Join us for a beautiful fireworks display over Bay Harbor Lake on Saturday, July 3. Bring your family and friends down to the Village early and enjoy shopping at our great boutiques and eating at the amazing restaurants! Watch the brilliant fireworks from the lawn panel, it’s a beautiful site to see. Be sure to bring your “oooh’s” and “aaaah’s” with you!

Independence Day Celebration, July 2-3, 2010

Begin your 4th of July holiday festivities with a day at the beach and a stroll through downtown New Buffalo, then cap it off with a concert and fireworks. You can view the fireworks from the beach or all along Whittaker Street, which cuts through the heart of downtown New Buffalo. Independence Day Concert with SMSO at Lions Pavilion Park on July 3.

The Fourth at the Fair, July 2-3, 2010

The annual Fourth of July celebration includes entertainment, food and a motorcycle rally. Celebrate the Fourth, Lenawee County-style.

4th of July Festivities, July 3-4, 2010

Join our celebration of Independence Day. Events include a parade, demolition derby and fireworks.

4th of July Lawn Party, July 4, 2010

Beat the traffic and the crowds and celebrate 4th of July with us! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to join the fun with $1 hot dogs, $1 chips, $1 sodas and $1 bottled water from 6-8pm. Kids activities include Watermelon Eating Contest. Jack’s Deck & Tiki Bar open all day and much more.

4th of July Parade on Main Street, July 4, 2010

Come to the 4th of July Parade in the Village at Bay Harbor. Enjoy the decorative floats, GEM cars, and horses and collect lots of candy to kick off your Independence Day. This is a truly one-of-a-kind parade that you will not want to miss!

An American Picnic, Fort Mackinac, July 4, 2010

Checkered red and white tablecloths spread on the grass on the Fort Mackinac’s parade ground help to create a patchwork quilt welcoming hungry Patriots. Enjoy the Grand Hotel’s all-you-can-eat tangy BBQ baby back ribs, grilled chicken breasts, hamburgers, hot dogs, turkey burgers, corn on the cob, and a slew of salads, fixings and desserts at 6pm. Stay inside the fort for a prime view of the fireworks!

Baraga State Park 4th of July Festivities, July 4, 2010

Celebrate Independence Day at Baraga State Park! Festivities include a Children’s Bike Parade, Bike Decorating Contest, Scavenger Hunt and Games! Local fireworks over the bay at dusk. For further information, call (906) 353-6558. The public is welcome. All motor vehicles entering a state park or recreation area must display a Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the park entrance and headquarters.

Beaver Island’s Fourth of July Celebration, July 4, 2010

Events start with live music downtown starting at noon followed by the 4th of July Parade down Main Street. Then the kids can have a ball at the annual carnival. The Clyde Fogg Memorial Boat Parade begins at dusk on the harbor. Fireworks over the harbor will follow the boat parade.

Corunna 4th of July Celebration, July 4, 2010

The Corunna Fourth of July Celebration is an annual fun-filled community/family celebration in appreciation and remembrance of our heritage and patriotism. Enjoy a bike decorating contest, the Firecracker parade, car cruise, craft show, entertainment and much more. This year’s theme is “4th of July Fantasy.”

Get Ready for the Volksparade at Tulip Time 2010

Special thanks to guest blogger, Dave Lorenz for this post on the Volksparade at the Tulip Time Festival.

Tulip TimeIt’s a beautiful day in Holland! Perfect weather to welcome bus-loads of fans to Holland’s annual Tulip Time Festival.

I’m here today, preparing to emcee the Tulip Time luncheon, which is one of the community highlights during festival week. The luncheon on Wednesday is the kick-off to the Volksparade, where for over 80-years, the community has kept tradition by scrubbing the streets clean, just prior to the parade. Hundreds of Dutch-costumed townspeople carry brooms and buckets of water to literally scrub the streets…then dozens of bands follow with floats and the always popular Exhibition Dutch Dance groups “Klomping” along the route in wooden shoes. It’s a great honor and lots of fun to scrub the streets and to see so many people coming together to show their community pride.

This is Pure Michigan, at its finest!

Dave Lorenz is the spokesperson for Travel Michigan.

Something Old, Something New at Holland’s 2010 Tulip Time Festival

Jen Wilson, Michigan Travel Ideas contributing writer, shares experiences from a trip to Holland, home of the annual Tulip Time Festival.

A trip to Holland is not complete without taking in the 110,000 tulips at Windmill Island Gardens.

Like many other travelers, I arrived in the southwest Michigan coastal town of Holland expecting two things: wooden shoes and windmills. The tidily landscaped, downtown-centric city 186 miles west of Detroit delivers both.

Celebrating Holland’s Dutch culture

Holland thrives as a tourism destination because it’s more than a one-note blast from the past. Named for the home country of founder Rev. Albertus Van Raalte and his pious followers, Holland’s imported windmill, historic Dutch village and museums deliver Dutch history, complete with wooden shoes and Delft pottery. Millions of tulips bloom each May during the popular Tulip Time Festival.

But the founders’ strongest legacy appears to be a close-knit community that feels much smaller than its 35,000 population. Holland is a modern village built on the banks of Lake Macatawa, which meets Lake Michigan at Holland State Park, a beach area with a wooden lighthouse lovingly called Big Red by locals since the Coast Guard gave it its classic barn color in 1956.

Something for everyone

Holland is flat-out pretty and hospitable, especially when it’s ramping up for tourist season each spring. Bulbs planted fresh every fall bloom along city streets and a residential historic district. Nelis’ Dutch Village opens then, too, on the outskirts of town, with Dutch buildings, miniature canals and cheese- and shoe-making demonstrations. Nearby Veldheer Gardens blooms 50 million tulips strong.

A Holland businessman imported this authentic 12-story windmill from Netherlands in 1961

One of the best tourism stops is Windmill Island Gardens, with a carousel and simulated Dutch village. Its imported 12-story windmill is home to the nation’s first Dutch-certified female miller. A family passing through from Leusden, Holland, gives it the thumbs up.

But the most fun memorial to the ingenuity and hard work of Holland’s settlers is in the spirit of downtown. Renovated historic buildings deliver an updated version of the old-fashioned main street, with clothing boutiques, bookstores, coffee shops, a brew pub, restaurants and bars.

“Downtown Holland has had so much love and energy poured into it,” says Ruth James. The New York transplant came for Holland’s Hope College and stayed for scenery. “The fact that we can have shops like this is miraculous. It’s a testimony to the fact that we’re a true community.”

Travel Guide

Tulip Time Festival begins May 1 and runs through May 8. The festival centers around Holland’s Centennial Park and features three parades, concerts and theater, Dutch food, trolley tours and traditional Dutch dancers.

Holland feels a lot smaller than it actually is, because downtown’s inner ring is complete in and of itself with shopping, dining, tourist stops and two hotels. The majority of the vacation can be taken on foot.

As a travel and features writer for the past 12 years, Jen Wilson has worked for magazines such as Midwest Living, National Geographic Traveler, Frommer’s Budget Travel, AAA Living and many others.