Although I haven’t seen many fireworks shows around the United States besides those in Michigan, I think we can all agree that no one lights up the night like Mitten communities. As the 4th of July approaches and the festivities of summer really get under way, make sure you cross “See Fireworks” off of your bucket list, no matter where in the Mitten you are at. Because the 4th falls on a Friday this summer, I found fireworks shows spanning the whole weekend depending where you’re watching; many cities are planning on Friday with Saturday as a rain day back-up but make sure you check before you haul lawn chairs and coolers!
Although I only highlighted a few shows around the state, I found a great site for the year-round fireworks shows in Michigan, a full listing of Northern Michigan fireworks fun, as well as a helpful summer nights guide specific to the eastern side of Michigan.
The big show in downtown Grand Rapids is scheduled for Saturday, July 5th at dusk. The best place to watch will be Ah-Nab-Awen Park, which is a great spot to get familiar with this summer as they put on an assortment of events, including Movies in the Park nights!
This year, being ‘Up North for the 4th’ could be a little different than usual; the Torch Lake fireworks show has been cancelled for the first time in years. There are still plenty of awesome places to see fireworks though, so don’t despair! Friday, July 4th at dusk is the big show over West Grand Traverse Bay, and Leland is offering a display on Thursday, July 3rd at dusk at Hancock Field.
If you’re rocking the east side of the state this 4th, check out Plymouth Township‘s display. This show is also on Thursday, July 3rd, and is scheduled to start at 10:15 PM. At the very top of the lower peninsula, Indian River will be having their fireworks show on Saturday, July 5th at dusk. Just an hour north, St. Ignace is hosting a parade Saturday at 1 PM, followed by evening fireworks at dusk.
Wherever you wind up celebrating freedom, take a moment to appreciate the peninsula around you! The superior pyrotechnics are just gravy. Where are you planning to watch fireworks this year?