GH 4th of July, Mitten Style

4th of July, Mitten Style

Summertime in Michigan is essentially one long, awesome outdoor soiree. From time on the lakes, to time in the park, to time spent anywhere in the mitten, Michigan is the tops when it comes to summer fun. The 4th of July is no different. Across the state, Michiganders will be celebrating Independence Day, the most festive of public holidays, with fun and flair.

Photo courtesy of The Parade Company
Photo courtesy of The Parade Company

While the 58th annual Detroit Ford Fireworks are already over with, there is still plenty of excitement to look forward to.

In Southeast Michigan, The Henry Ford is hosting their 21st Annual Salute to America July 3rd through July 6th, and if taking a trip back in time tickles your fancy, this is where you should head to show your patriotic side. In addition to 19th century lawn games, picnics, and general Americana, the Salute to America includes fireworks and live patriotic music (including a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert). The evening will culminate with an awesome fireworks display, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and live cannon fire.

If you’ll be on the west side of the state, consider a trip to Holland for Celebration Freedom. Now in its 11th year, the festivities will begin at noon at Kollen Park and Heinz Waterfront Walkway and last all day. Great for kids, the event will have inflatables, games for youngsters, food vendors, live music and more (including a martial arts display–not many 4th of July celebrations touting that!). And, of course, stick around for the fireworks at dusk.

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford
Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

For those a little further north, let the National Cherry Festival (ongoing in Traverse City from June 29th through July 7th) put the red in your red, white, and blue. For more than 80 years, this fruit and fun centric festival has drawn crowds clamouring to enjoy the world-famous cherries from the Grand Traverse region. On July 4th, festival goers can also look forward to sports (from golf contest to teen volleyball tournament), the Cherry Classic Film Series, a kids’ pie eating contest, fun run, a parade, and (of course) fireworks.

Photo courtesy of the Grand Hotel
Photo courtesy of the Grand Hotel

A little further north, historic Mackinac Island will be hosting Independence Day celebrations of its own. As with those heading to Henry Ford, visitors of Mackinac Island’s Fort Mackinac will be transported back in time; the completely original Revolutionary War fort’s Star Spangled Fourth of July is presented in true 1880s fashion, complete with patriotic music, Victorian children’s games, and a 38-gun salute honoring the states of the period. Also on the island, the famed Grand Hotel will be hosting An American Picnic culminating with a breathtaking fireworks display.

What will you be doing for the 4th of July?

Whatever your plans, low-key or extravagant, we hope you enjoy some fun, sun, and a day of celebrating living in this awesome state in the good ol’ U. S. of A.!

Also check out this comprehensive calendar of Michigan events to help plan your 4th of July and beyond!

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