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20 Explosive Michigan Fireworks Displays to See in Summer 2022

Bright lights. Beautiful colors. The booming sound and crackle that follows. A sense of wonder and amazement. Oohs and aahs. Added all together, these ingredients create perfect Michigan fireworks displays.

No matter how old you are or how many times you’ve seen fireworks, it’s hard not to have a sense of awe and wonder when you see fireworks light up the night sky.

This year, there are plenty of amazing fireworks displays planned in big cities and small towns all across Michigan in the summer. If you’re looking for a fun activity for the whole family, a fireworks display is the perfect way to cap a fun-filled day.

best places to watch Michigan fireworks displays

Memorial Day Fireworks Shows in Michigan

Berlin Raceway | Marne

May 28

Head just outside Grand Rapids for a fun day during Money in the Bank qualifying races. The day also includes a firework show that’s really something to see over the raceway.

Berlin Raceway - Marne, Michigan - Fireworks Displays
Berlin Raceway | photo via @xdragonsbutterflyx

Frankenmuth Fireworks | Frankenmuth

May 29

There’s a lot going on during the three-day Dog Bowl, including hot air balloon rides and lots of events for your furry friends. There’s also a fireworks show that’s visible from River Place field or, really, anywhere in town.

Fourth of July Fireworks in Michigan

Bay City Fireworks Festival | Bay City

June 30, July 1-2

One night of fireworks is fun, but three is even better. Head to the city by the bay for three evenings of fantastic fireworks right over the river.

You can go to either Wenonah Park or Veteran’s Memorial Park to see them. Either way, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. With pageants, live entertainment, and a family carnival among the other festivities, there’s something here for everyone. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

Bay City Fireworks Festival - Bay City, Michigan - Fireworks Displays
Bay City Fireworks Festival | photo via Bay City Fireworks Festival

Greenfield Village Fireworks | Dearborn

June 30, July 1-3

Greenfield Village is a great Michigan landmark to visit any time of year, but its Salute to America every summer is really something to see.

At dusk, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra takes center stage for a performance. The evening ends with all the trappings of a celebration — cannon fire, fireworks, and playing the 1812 Overture. Can it get any better?

Greenfield Village Fireworks - Dearborn, Michigan - Fireworks Displays
Greenfield Village Fireworks | photo via @megc_photos_

Lexington Fireworks | Lexington

July 1

Watching Michigan fireworks displays on the beach is a real treat, and this display in Michigan’s thumb is no different. Lexington Harbor near downtown Lexington is the perfect place to celebrate Independence Day and is only a short drive from metro Detroit. Admission to the fireworks is free.

Au Gres Fireworks | Au Gres

July 2

Any longtime Michigander will tell you that some of the best places to watch a Michigan fireworks display are the small beachfront towns. Au Gres is one such place and is nestled on the shores of Lake Huron. Fireworks here begin at dusk near the Au Gres water tower at Court Street and South Street. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

Fireworks at The Cascades | Jackson

July 3

For more than 80 years, The Cascades inside Sparks Foundation County Park has been the most famous landmark in Jackson and captivated locals and visitors alike. This man-made waterfall is one of the most popular attractions and stands out when it’s illuminated by colorful fireworks.

That makes this the perfect place to ring in the Fourth of July holiday. Admission is $7 per adult and $5 per child aged 4-12.

Fireworks at The Cascades - Jackson, Michigan - Fireworks Displays
Fireworks at The Cascades | photo via Cascades Park

Bay Harbor Fireworks Display | Bay Harbor

July 3

Michigan’s westside beach towns are their own small pieces of paradise. As such, they make the perfect spots to watch summer fireworks displays. Grab your blankets and lawn chairs, and find a spot in the village of Bay Harbor to watch a magnificent display over Little Traverse Bay. Admission is free.

Bay Harbor Fireworks Display - Bay Harbor, Michigan - Fireworks Displays
Bay Harbor Fireworks Display | photo via Bay Harbor

Caseville Fireworks Display | Caseville

July 3

Caseville Michigan is well known for its Cheeseburger in Caseville festival each August, but before that, the city is the perfect spot to watch fireworks for the Fourth of July. Head to Caseville Beach, and be prepared to be wowed. Admission is free.

Caseville Fireworks Display - Caseville, Michigan - Fireworks Displays
Caseville Fireworks Display | photo via @lancegascho

Ellsworth St. Clair Lake Fireworks | Ellsworth

July 3

Ellsworth Lake and Saint Clair Lake provide the perfect backdrop for this free fireworks display in Northern Michigan, which includes the singing of the national anthem.

Ellsworth & St. Clair Lake - Ellsworth, Michigan - Fireworks Displays
Ellsworth & St. Clair Lake | photo via EllClair Committee – Ellsworth St. Clair Lake Fireworks

Frankenmuth Volkslaufe Fireworks | Frankenmuth

July 3

Michigan’s Little Bavaria is a special place to visit any time of the year because it offers so much to see and do.

That includes the Fourth of July, when there are events like a spaghetti dinner, a beer garden, live music, the running of the volkslaufe (people’s race), and, of course, an awesome fireworks display. Admission is free.

Frankenmuth Volkslaufe Fireworks - Frankenmuth, Michigan - Fireworks Displays
Frankenmuth Volkslaufe Fireworks | photo via Frankenmuth

Fourth of July Fireworks | Alpena

July 4

Michigan’s Sunrise Side has some great spots to enjoy fireworks, and Alpena is one of them. Thousands of people gather all day at beachfront parks to frolic and play before the fireworks show at dusk over Thunder Bay.

Admission is free, and if you can’t get a spot at the beach, pull up in the parking lot of a local business. Along the lake, there really isn’t a bad seat in the house.

Fourth of July Fireworks - Alpena, Michigan - Fireworks Displays
Fourth of July Fireworks | photo via Alpena Fireworks

Michigan Fireworks Displays on Labor Day Weekend

Brethren Days | Brethren

Sept. 2-5

Located in the Manistee National Forest over Labor Day weekend, there’s a lot of fun to be had here. After participating in the Bridge Hustle 5K run/walk and playing horseshoes and cornhole, watch the fireworks, which are an amazing sight in Dickinson Township Park. Admission is free.

Crystal Motor Speedway | Crystal

Sept. 3

Watching races at a local speedway can be an exhilarating experience, but a speedway is also a great spot to watch fireworks. So, head northeast of Grand Rapids to watch some great racing and a booming show. Admission is required to watch the races, but the fireworks are part of the festivities.

Crystal Motor Speedway - Crystal, Michigan - Fireworks Displays
Crystal Motor Speedway | photo via @d3racing24d

End of Summer Fireworks | Jackson

Sept. 3

Head back to The Cascades to celebrate the end of summer! This is the highlight of Labor Day weekend and includes music, food, and fireworks from atop the falls. As of now, admission is the same as it is for the Fourth of July show.

Fireworks at The Cascades - Jackson, Michigan - Fireworks Displays
Fireworks at The Cascades | photo via Cascades Park

Fireworks Over the Bay | St. Ignace

Sept. 3

Watching fireworks over the Mackinac Bridge is a thrill, but it’s just as thrilling from the Upper Peninsula too. There are displays every Saturday from July 9 to Sept. 3. Head to downtown St. Ignace to celebrate the end of summer with this awesome display.

Fireworks Over the Bay - St. Ignace, Michigan - Fireworks Displays
Fireworks Over the Bay | photo via Discover St. Ignace

Tuesday & Friday Night Fireworks | Mackinaw City

Sept. 6

Few places in Michigan offer a fireworks viewing experience quite like Mackinaw City, where you can watch the show with the Mackinac Bridge as a backdrop.

These Michigan fireworks displays are free to watch and happen twice a week from May through the end of September. The Labor Day fireworks occur on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Tuesday & Friday Night Fireworks - Mackinaw City, Michigan - Fireworks Displays
Tuesday & Friday Night Fireworks | photo via Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau

Other Places to Watch Fireworks in Michigan This Summer

Comerica Park | Detroit

Multiple Dates

Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, is a great place to watch a game, eat a hot dog, drink a beer, and snack on peanuts and crackerjacks.

It’s also a great place to watch fireworks, and the Tigers host several postgame fireworks shows during the season for which the ballpark provides the perfect backdrop.

Comerica Park - Detroit, Michigan - Fireworks Displays
Comerica Park | photo via Mike Boening Photography

LMCU Ballpark | Comstock Park

Multiple Dates

Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, is a great place to watch some up-and-coming talent. It’s also a great place to watch Michigan fireworks displays. If you’re looking for affordable family fun, a minor ballgame is a great way to go.

Liberty Fest | Canton

June 16-18

The three-day Liberty Fest is packed with fun! There’s a car show, carnival rides, food, midway games, and much more. There’s also a fireworks display, which kicks off the second night of the festival. Entry to the festival grounds is free, but some of the attractions require purchasing a wristband.

Liberty Fest - Canton, Michigan - Fireworks Displays
Liberty Fest | photo via Canton Liberty Fest

Get Ready for Michigan Fireworks Displays & Tons of Fun

As you can see, there are all kinds of wonderful Michigan fireworks displays. If you’re looking for the perfect way to end your holiday weekend, find the nearest fireworks display to you and prepare to be amazed.

No matter if you’re in the Upper Peninsula, a small town, a big city, or even your local park, fireworks are always fun to watch. They’re the perfect activity for a family to enjoy, and it’s hard not to smile as you watch those pretty colors light up the night sky.

Boyne City Fireworks - Boyne City, Michigan - Fireworks Displays
Boyne City Fireworks | photo via Brandi O’Granning

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