July 4th Celebrations!

There are several events taking place throughout the Washtenaw County are to celebrate Independence Day! Below are just a few:

Hudson Mills FireworksThursday, 07/03/14, Dusk (10-10:30 pm)
Near Dexter/Ann Arbor. Tony Vasquez’s DJ Service will provide music from 7-11 pm at the Activity Center with a break for fireworks at 10 pm. Food items such as cotton candy, caramel apples, elephant ears, Bearclaw Coffee, pizza, hot dogs, burgers and popcorn will be available for purchase, as well as’ novelty glow products. There is a $10 special event daily vehicle permit required after 5 pm; free admission with annual permit. Park staff recommends arriving early; the park tends to hit capacity by 9 pm. For more information, call Hudson Mills Metropark at 734-426-8211.

Manchester Fireworks Display Thursday, 07/03/14 (10-10:30 pm)

  • Time: Dusk
  • Address: Carr Park, 600 W. Main St., Manchester
  • Cost: free, donations welcome
  • Phone: 734-476-4565

The Manchester Men’s Club sponsors this annual display, which usually brightens up the night sky at 10:15 p.m.

Plymouth Township Fireworks and Fourth of July FunJuly 3-4, 2014

  • Time: 10:15 pm Thursday, 9 am-4 pm Friday
  • Address: Township Park, 46640 Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 734-453-3840

Enjoy a fantastic firework display on Thursday; then head back to Township Park Friday for a parade down Main Street (9 am) and the “Good Old-Fashioned Picnic” (11 am-4 pm).

Ann Arbor Fourth of July ParadeFriday, 07/04/14, 10 am

  • Downtown Ann Arbor (State, Liberty, Main, and William St). The route is approximately 1 mile long and begins at the intersection of State Street and William Street.

Weather Delay Information: Check the website the day of the parade for any weather-related information. You may also call 734-531-9626 to hear a recorded message or to speak with someone.

Ypsilanti Independence Day Parade – Friday, 07/04/14, 11 am
The parade will begin at the corner of Oakwood and Cross and end at Rice Street in Ypsilanti’s Historic Depot Town.

Whitmore Lake Parade and Fireworks07/04/14

  • Time: 10 am Friday/parade, 10 pm Friday/fireworks (rain date Saturday, July 5)
  • Address: Parade: Barker Road and travels south on Main Street; fireworks: Whitmore Lake, viewing area across from the post office (9725 Main St.)
  • Cost: free, fees/some events, activities
  • Phone: 734-678-5679 (talk to Patricia) or 734-368-1629 (talk to Nancy)

In its 55th year, this family-friendly fireworks display and parade, sponsored by the Kiwanis Clubs of Whitmore Lake and other members of the community, is a great celebration. With live music, games, activities and fun floats, there are plenty of ways to occupy the whole family. This year’s parade theme is “Whitmore Lake Salutes America.”

Scroll through for even more events happening in and around other parts of Southeast Michigan!

Wolverine Lake Tiki Night and FireworksThursday, 07/03/14, Dusk

  • Where: Launched centrally from Wolverine Lake
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 248-624-1710

Enjoy two spectacles brightening up the night sky: a variety of Tiki candles on the shore and the fireworks show over the lake.

Oakland County Boat Club FireworksThursday, 07/03/14, Dusk

  • Address: Over Sylvan Lake, by Oakland County Boat Club, 2330 Ferndale St., Sylvan Lake
  • Cost: free, but community center parking is $15/advance, $20/day of fireworks; donations welcome
  • Phone: 248-682-9870

The Oakland County Boat Club has sponsored these fireworks for over 75 years. With yet another fantastic display by GenX Pyrotechnics, this year’s celebration is sure not to disappoint. 

Lake Orion Fourth of July Fireworks07/04/14, Dusk

  • Time: dusk Friday (rain date is Saturday, July 5)
  • Address: Green’s Park, 100 S. Park Blvd., Lake Orion
  • Cost: free/park; $100/Princess cruise and buffet dinner
  • Phone: 248-693-6224 (to reserve cruise)

This giant fireworks display can be enjoyed all around the lake. Green’s Park is a distance away, organizers say, but you can still spot the show. But the lake’s a prime locale and, if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can watch in style from The Princess boat and indulge and in a dinner buffet at Christi’s Bar & Grill. The Lake Orion Fireworks Association has been hosting this event since 1990.

Independence Fest in Clarkston07/04/14, 10 am – 11 pm

  • Address: Parade: Near Miller and Holcomb roads, Clarkston; Fireworks: Clintonwood Park, 6000 Clarkston Road, Clarkston
  • Cost: $5/car 11 a.m.-2 p.m., $10/after 2 p.m., $2/shuttle from Clarkston High School (6093 Flemings Lake Road).
  • Phone: 248-625-8223

The day kicks off with a 10 am parade at St. Daniel Catholic Church (near Miller and Holcomb roads). Also find newly added attractions, carnival rides, food, craft vendors, music, and activities for kids and a veterans’ celebration. Fireworks shoot off at dusk. If you live nearby, you might also spot the fireworks show from afar.

Huntington Woods Fireworks07/04/14

  • Address: Parade: Primarily on Borgman Avenue between Scotia Road and Wyoming Avenue; Fireworks: Rackham Golf Course, 10100 W. 10 Mile Road, Huntington Woods (parking at the course)
  • Time: 10 am/parade, 10:05 pm/fireworks
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: Parade: 248-541-3030; Fireworks: 248-543-4040

In the morning, there’s a patriotic neighborhood parade sure to get your family in the Fourth spirit. Later on, catch the fireworks at the local golf course (residents are encouraged to bike; others can park at the course lot – be sure to get there early).

Wyandotte Independence Day Parade07/04/14

  • Time: 10 am – noon
  • Address: Biddle Avenue from Mulberry to Pine streets, downtown Wyandotte
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 734-324-4502

This annual affair draws some 100 pipe and drum and marching bands, schools and organizations from both Michigan and Canada.

Northville Fourth of July Parade and Mill Race Village Fun07/04/14

  • Time: 10 am – 3 pm
  • Address: route goes from Griswold Avenue to Main Street, Main to Wing and Wing to Cady; then Cady to First, First to Fairbrook and Fairbrook to Northville Downs; more activities follow in Mill Race Village (215 Griswold Ave.) – all in downtown Northville
  • Cost: free/general, some possible small fees/games
  • Phone: Parade: 248-374-0200; Mill Race: 248-348-1845

Watch as a parade of floats, marching bands, classic and vintage cars, veterans, fire trucks, bikes, and even animals make their way through the streets of downtown Northville. “Celebrating America’s Heroes” is the theme of this year’s parade, which kicks off at 10 am. After, visit Mill Race Village 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for old-fashioned games, food and Civil War-era fun with reenactors.

Gibraltar July Fourth Festival07/04/14

  • Times: 10 am/parade, 10:02 pm/fireworks Friday (rain date is Saturday, July 5)
  • Address: parade goes from Gibraltar City Hall to the Gibraltar Community Center (29340 S. Gibraltar Road); other activities at Hy Dahlka Park (behind center) and in the center, Gibraltar
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 734-671-1466

This celebration turns 50! Things kick off with a festive parade, followed by fun activities like pony rides, arts and crafts, games and carnival rides, as well as live entertainment, food and beer vendors. The festival closes with an awesome fireworks display behind Parsons Elementary School. 

Trenton Independence Day Fireworks07/04/14, Dusk

  • Address: main viewing area is Rotary Park, off Riverside Drive between Harrison and Atwood avenues; also great viewing elsewhere along riverfront
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 734-675-6500

This impressive fireworks display is one of the biggest shows of its kind in Michigan, according to Trenton’s website. Come to Rotary Park early and enjoy a live concert prior to the show that happens 8-10 pm.

Holly Fireworks07/04/14, Dusk

  • Address: Lakeside Memorial Park, near Holly Bush/Park Avenue, off Bush Lake, Holly
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 248-634-9571

The Village of Holly hosts a fireworks show at dusk. Families are welcome to come earlier; sometimes special entertainment is in store.

Harrison Township Fireworks07/04/14, Dusk

  • Time: dusk Friday (attend via water only; no admittance to the host venue)
  • Address: Belle Maer Harbor/Mac Ray Harbor, Harrison Township
  • Cost: free

Got a boat – or know someone who does – on Lake St. Clair? Check out the show with them or (which includes an earlier decorated golf cart parade). Or, if you live nearby, you might also spot the fireworks show from afar.

Hazel Park Raceway Fireworks07/04/14

  • Time: 7:30 pm/races, 10:30-11 pm/fireworks (after last race) Friday; rain date is Saturday, July 5
  • Address: Dequindre Road at 10 Mile Road, Hazel Park
  • Cost: free/admission, parking; fees vary/food
  • Phone: 248-398-1000

Organizers suggest arriving early (even around 6 or 7 p.m.) to beat the crowds. Check out thoroughbred racing (the first time thoroughbreds have hit this local track in 30 years), some live music, grab dinner or a snack and see it all topped off with a dazzling fireworks display. Minus food, it’s all free!

Addison Oaks County Park FireworksJuly 4-6, 2014

  • Time: times of kids’ activities announced the week, Friday-Sunday; of 10 p.m. Friday/fireworks
  • Address: 1480 W. Romeo Road, Leonard
  • Cost: $5/vehicle, $10/after noon, free/with annual permit
  • Phone: 248-693-2432

The annual public display also features plenty of fun for the kids, such as a patriotic bike parade, magic show, pony rides, face painting, games, tie-dying, hayrides, dancing and more! Activities run through the weekend, with fireworks at dusk Friday. Check the Addison Oaks County Park website for full list of event details and times.

Oakland County FairJuly 4-13, 2014

  • Time: fireworks 10 am on opening day (Friday July 4); rest of festival runs July 4-13 (click link above for listing with full schedule of times)
  • Address: Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg
  • Cost: $10/parking and entry, $5/walk-ins
  • Phone: 248-634-8830

A fantastic fireworks display tops off the opening day of this year’s Oakland County Fair, which runs from July 4-13.

Willow Metropark Fireworks07/05/14

  • Time: 5:30-11 pm/music, 10 pm/fireworks Saturday
  • Address: 23200 S. Huron Road, New Boston
  • Cost: $7/vehicle before 5 p.m., $10/vehicle after, free/with annual permit
  • Phone: 734-697-9181

Indulge in tasty treats like cotton candy, caramel apples, elephant ears and pizza while enjoying tunes from Hidden Agenda and the Rick Lieder Band. The bands will play rotationally from 5:30 to 11 pm, with a break in the action for the 10 pm sky show.

Groveland Oaks Park Freedom Fireworks Weekend07/05/14

  • Time: check ahead for start times on activities; dusk/fireworks Saturday
  • Address: 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Cost: $5/daily pass Oakland County residents, $10/non-county residents
  • Phone: 248-634-9811

Come earlier in the day for fun activities for kids such as a magic show, puppet show, inflatable bouncers, pony rides, arts and crafts and more. Then, stick around for an awesome fireworks display shortly after dusk. Note: Most activities happen Saturday, though the event also has Friday and Sunday dates.

Click on the Summer Happenings tab at House of Rana for a list of more fun events in and around Ann Arbor!

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