Much further back than you and I can remember, we have celebrated the Fourth of July with the most grandiose of fireworks displays. But why do we celebrate Independence Day by setting off all of these small explosions?
John Adams penned a letter to his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776. He wrote that the occasion should be commemorated with
“Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illumination from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”
The first commemorative Independence Day fireworks were set off on July 4, 1777.
Now that we’ve been given a little history lesson, let’s get to the good stuff! Check out this list of firework displays in and around Mid-Michigan this Fourth of July!
June 28, 2018
Chesaning: Showboat Park at dusk.
June 30, 2018
Holly: Head to Groveland Oaks Park today for some fun! Pony rides, inflatables, clowns, magic shows and so much more! There is a $15 per vehicle admission for this event, but you may not want to miss the Fabulous Fireworks that will be displayed at dusk!
July 3, 2018
Frankenmuth: Head to Heritage Park tonight at dusk for Frankenmuth Volkslaufe Fireworks!
July 4, 2018
Clarkston: Head to Clarkston for this all-day event that is sure to be one for the summer books! There will be a parade, craft show, games, music and so much more! Top off the 2018 Independence Fest with an amazing fireworks display over Clintonwood Park at dusk!
Clio: Join us beginning at 2pm today in Clio for Family Fun Day! Concession stands, historic and military displays, pet contests, pie eating contests and more! Round out the night with fireworks by Night Owl Pyrotechnics!
Corunna: Head over to McCurdy Park at dusk to check out Corunna’s July 4th Celebration!
Fenton: Come out to Silver Lake Park tonight for the Fenton Freedom Festival! Festivities will start at 10am and finish with a spectacular fireworks display!
Flint: Head to Flint tonight to see fireworks displayed from the grounds of Chevy Commons and seen for miles! The 3rd Annual Flint Water Festival happens from 5pm until 9pm tonight! There will be a BBQ, games, inflatables, prizes and more! Free admission, however, water donations are accepted.
Holly: Catch Holly’s fireworks display tonight at dusk over Lakeside Memorial Park!
Lapeer: Displayed from the parking lot of Rolland-Warner Middle School, head to Lapeer tonight at 9:45pm for a show that won’t disappoint!
North Branch: I may be partial, but this is probably my favorite fireworks display around! Shot from the football field of North Branch High School, check out North Branch Days Fireworks tonight at dusk!
Saginaw: Ojibway Island is home to the Saginaw Area Fireworks at 10:15pm!
July 5 – 7, 2018
Bay City: Everyone should at least experience the Bay City Fireworks Festival at least once! A three-day festival with carnival rides, craft shows, military displays and more, you won’t be disappointed. If you have the opportunity, head to Wenonah Park and check them out this year. Bay City fireworks will be on display July 5th, 6th and 7th at dusk.
July 7, 2018
Ortonville: Brandon Middle School is home of Ortonville’s fabulous fireworks display happening tonight at dusk!
Otter Lake: Head to Otter Lake tonight at 10pm for their Let Freedom Ring fireworks display! Festivities, however, will begin Friday at 5pm and will last all weekend long!
Share your favorite fireworks watching places with us!
Are you going to be out of town, but within the State of Michigan over the Fourth of July holiday?
Check out this full list of Michigan Fireworks Displays!