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Fourth of July Fireworks and Events in Southeast Michigan

Flaunt your patriotic side Independence Day at these spectacular 2014 festivals, parades and sky shows in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties

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Plymouth Township Fireworks and Fourth of July Fun

July 3-4, 2014

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

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

Whitmore Lake Parade and Fireworks

July 4, 2014

  • Time: 10 a.m. Friday/parade, 10 p.m. 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."

Lake Orion Fourth of July Fireworks

July 4, 2014

  • 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 Clarkston

July 4, 2014

  • Times: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday
  • 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 a.m. parade at St. Daniel Catholic Church (near Miller and Holcomb roads). Also find newly added attractions, carnival rides, food, craft vendors, music, activities for kids and a veterans' celebration. Fireworks shoot off at dusk.

Huntington Woods Fireworks

July 4, 2014

  • 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 a.m./parade, 10:05 p.m./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 Parade

July 4, 2014

  • Time: 10 a.m.-noon Friday
  • 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 Fun

July 4, 2014

  • Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday
  • 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 a.m. 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 Festival

July 4, 2014

  • Times: 10 a.m./parade, 10:02 p.m./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 Fireworks

July 4, 2014

  • Time: dusk Friday
  • 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 p.m.

Holly Fireworks

July 4, 2014

  • Time: dusk Friday
  • 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 Fireworks

July 4, 2014

  • 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 Fireworks

July 4, 2014

  • Time: 7:30 p.m./races, 10:30-11 p.m./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 Fireworks

July 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 Fair

July 4-13, 2014

  • Time: fireworks 10 a.m. 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 Fireworks

July 5, 2014

  • Time: 5:30-11 p.m./music, 10 p.m./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

Come 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 p.m., with a break in the action for the 10 p.m. sky show.

Groveland Oaks Park Freedom Fireworks Weekend

July 5, 2014

  • 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.

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