Pure Michigan welcomes travelers from every corner of our great nation to unite as one and celebrate Independence Day. Here visitors will find spectacular firework displays hovering over small and historic towns, large and prosperous cities, charming islands, busy ports, green forests and parks as well as soft, sandy beaches. No other state rivals Pure Michigan in regards to summer festivals, parades, fishing, hiking, swimming, and boating. This Fourth of July, choose to play here and check out our statewide calendar of events for July to find out where to join in for festivities.
In downtown Detroit it will be standing room only for the 54th annual Detroit Target Fireworks on June 25. Prior to lighting up the sky over the international border, visitors can enjoy free music, singing competitions and more. Head to Hart Plaza on the Detroit Riverfront for all the fun.
The Henry Ford, located in Dearborn, presents its 20th Annual Patriotic Program June 30 - July 1 and July 3 - 4. The event culminates with a Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and fireworks. Kids can play 19th century lawn games, meet Greenfield Village historic baseball teams and the entire family can enjoy ragtime entertainment prior to the DSO show. Tickets can be purchased in advance.
Step back in time on Mackinac Island on the 4th of July for a 38-gun salute and soldier demonstrations at Fort Mackinac – one of the only two remaining all original Revolutionary War forts in America – and follow it up with a spectacular fireworks show over the Straits of Mackinac. Grand Hotel caters an All American Picnic and kids can enjoy many activities at Windermere Point. Stroll the historic Main Street, bike around the Island, golf, shop, or just sit back and take in this unique Pure Michigan destination.
Enjoy the annual National Cherry Festival in Traverse City July 7-14 and don’t miss the fireworks festival finale on July 14 over West Grand Traverse Bay. Take in more than 150 events at multiple sites in the area, from cherry pit spitting and pie eating contests to parades and breathtaking air shows over the bay.
Wrap yourself in the sounds of booming fireworks, listen to the boats revving their motors, and feel the brisk cool air off Lake Superior when Marquette celebrates the 4th of July. Take a break from everyday life and see the natural wonders and feel the peacefulness of the Upper Peninsula. The day will be filled with plenty of food, a ground and boat parade, and of course fireworks in the evening. You may also want to take the opportunity to hike or bike Hogback Mountain or go cliff-diving near the sandy shores of the lake.
Head to the pristine lakes and rivers of Cadillac and enjoy Independence Day celebrations July 4 - 8. When you’re not fishing in Lake Cadillac or playing a round of golf at one of the state-of-the-art courses, head downtown to listen to music at the Rotary Pavilion or participate in the many other events and activities. During the five days, the city will offer free hot air balloon rides, a water fire tribute, community photos, bike shows, bounce houses, spectacular eateries, and more.
The 10th annual Fourth of July 'Celebration Freedom' event in Holland will be held on July 4, promising fun for the whole family. Festivities will include: children’s inflatables, kid’s games, a free ice-cream social, and a wide array of restaurants and food vendors. The evening will have great entertainment for adults as well with a martial arts demonstration, an animal display, live music, and of course fireworks.
Alpena, nestled along the Lake Huron shoreline, will showcase Independence Day fireworks on July 4. A parade at 11am will jump start the full day of celebration. Explore the quaint downtown district and walk to the port and discover the mysteries behind the more than 200 shipwrecks at the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary. In the evening, settle in at one of the many parks and beaches and watch the sparkling fireworks display.