Fourth of July Events in Southeast Michigan
Fireworks, parades and more are in store for Independence Day! Celebrate the holiday at these 2012 festivals in metro Detroit, Ann Arbor and beyond.
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Families across Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties have been enjoying the warm sunshine, sweet, fresh fruit and lackadaisical lounges in the pool. But summer is nothin' without the spectacular show of blazing color and pops, whizzes and bangs of Independence Day fireworks!
Metro Parent did some sleuthing, and we're geared up to get parents and kids into the spirit of summer and Americana with these ooh and ahh-worthy celebrations that will delight the whole family, conveniently located in your neighborhood. Check out our weekend guide below, divided by day.
Monday, June 25, 2012
- Address: Detroit RiverWalk, downtown Detroit
- Times: 10:06 p.m.
- Cost: Free
Get there early, as this generally draws a large crowd with fireworks being shot off from three barges on the Detroit River. There is also a VIP Rooftop Party held atop the Miller Parking garage with family friendly games, fun activities, music and food.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Red Run Golf Course Fireworks
- Address: 2036 Rochester Road, Royal Oak (private show, but viewable from neighborhood)
- Time: Dusk (rain date is June 29)
- Cost: Free
Friday, June 29, 2012
- Address: 1480 W. Romeo Road, Leonard
- Time: 10 p.m.
- Cost: $5/vehicle, $10 after 5 p.m., free/with annual permit
The annual public display also features plenty of fun for the kids in advance, including tie-dying, inflatables and a climbing tower. (Note: Addison Oaks also is hosting a "Freedom Fireworks Weekend Fun" camping experience, running June 28-July 2, 2012; check out the Oakland County rec website, via the Metro Parent listing, for more information.)
- Address: Near Macomb Place and Main Street, downtown Mount Clemens
- Times: 11 a.m.-midnight June 29-30, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. July 1
- Cost: Free
Check out the fireworks tonight. There's also entertainment, food, art, carnival rides, petting farm, pony rides and more available all weekend.
- Address: Westland City Hall Grounds, 36601 Ford Road, Westland
- Time: 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight June 30-July 1, 4 p.m.-midnight July 2-3, noon-midnight July 4
- Cost: Free, some events and activities may charge
Five days of fun include rides, arts and crafts, food, exotic animals and more; the fireworks topper is July 4.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
- Address: Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
- Time: 6-10 p.m.
- Cost: Advance: $19-$22.50/adults, $12-14/ages 5-12; Gate: $25-$27 and $15-$17.50, free/under 4; $5/parking
This four-day celebration includes kids activities like 19th century lawn games and special visits from members of Greenfield Village's historic baseball teams. Patrons can also enjoy picnics and great food from the Henry Ford's award-winning chefs. The night ends with fireworks accompanied by Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and live cannon fire.