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

Fourth of July Events Southeast Michigan

It’s once again that time of year to celebrate America’s independence the best way we know how: with big and colorful explosions in the sky! This Fourth of July, families all over the metro Detroit and Ann Arbor areas are heading out with their blankets and chairs to kick back and enjoy local fireworks shows. Not sure where to go? No worries. From the small town displays to the ones that can be seen for miles, Metro Parent has rounded up a list of remarkable sky displays and fun activities that is sure to please the whole family. (Note: Events are listed in date-order, and some are part of larger festivals.)

Ortonville CreekFest Fireworks

June 19-22, 2014

  • Time: Saturday: 10 a.m./parade, dusk/fireworks; Family fun is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday; other times vary
  • Address: Brandon Middle School, 609 S. Ortonville Road, Ortonville
  • Cost: free, donations welcome
  • Phone: 248-627-8070

This year, Ortonville’s CreekFest and fireworks have merged! This hybrid includes a celebration of Kearsley Creek and local waterways through educational exhibits, live music, contests and more. These four days of festivities include a parade, carnival, beer tent, 10K and 5K runs and spectacular fireworks dusk on Saturday.

Ford Fireworks in Detroit

June 23, 2014

  • Time: 10:06 p.m. Monday
  • Address: Detroit RiverWalk, downtown Detroit
  • Cost: free/general, $200/VIP
  • Phone: 313-923-7400

This 56th annual display draws a large crowd to Detroit’s popular RiverWalk, with fireworks shot off from three barges on the Detroit River. So get there early! There is also a VIP rooftop party atop the Miller Parking garage with family-friendly games, fun activities, music and food (register in advance; tickets sell out fast).

Livonia Spree at Ford Field

June 24-29, 2014

  • Time: fireworks are 10:30 p.m. Sunday June 29; full festival dates are 4-11 p.m. Tuesday, 2-11 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Address: Ford Field, Farmington and Lyndon roads, Livonia
  • Cost: Free/entry, $25/all-day ride bracelets, $50/three-day rides
  • Phone: 734-427-8190

The grand finale of this annual festival features a 30-minute display presented by the Livonia Anniversary Committee. The rides go till 11 p.m., and there’s plenty of other festival fun happening earlier in the day!

Rochester Festival of the Hills

June 25, 2014

  • Time: activities begin at 6 p.m.; dusk/fireworks Wednesday
  • Address: Borden Park, 1400 E. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 248-841-2666

This family-friendly annual event begins at 6 p.m. with fun games, activities and live entertainment. Stick around for Michigan’s second largest fireworks display at 10:06 p.m. If it’s a rainy day, bring your umbrella: This event is held rain or shine.

Clawson Fourth of July Celebration

June 25, 28-29 and July 3-4, 2014

  • Times: vary by date; click into listing for details
  • Address: downtown Clawson
  • Cost: free/many activities, $2/person to enter park (July 3-4)
  • Phone: 248-270-7044

Find out how this small town does Independence Day big! With an ice cream social on Wednesday, a kiddie parade on Saturday, a 5K run Sunday and amusement rides the following Thursday, this week of fun is sure to please the entire family. And of course, don’t forget those 10 p.m./dusk fireworks on July 4! Check Clawson’s Fourth of July Celebration website for the full list of events.

Romulus Community Fireworks

June 26, 2014

  • Time: fireworks at dusk Thursday (rain date Friday, June 27)
  • Address: Behind Romulus Middle School and Wick Elementary School, Wick and Ozga roads, Romulus
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 734-942-7540

Presented by the Romulus Rotary Club, this colorful display can be seen from the area of Romulus Middle and Wick Elementary schools. Vendors will be selling food and glowing products to enjoy during the show.

Red Run Golf Course Fireworks

June 26, 2014

  • Time: dusk Thursday (rain date is Friday, June 27)
  • Address: 2036 Rochester Road, Royal Oak (private show, but viewable from neighborhood)
  • Cost: free/surrounding area
  • Phone: 248-548-7500

This family-friendly fireworks display is for Red Run Golf Course members only, but can be clearly seen from nearby neighborhoods. All you have to do is find a good spot, lay out a blanket or a few chairs and enjoy!

Seymour Celebration in Oxford

June 26-28, 2014

  • Time: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; fireworks at dusk/Friday-Saturday
  • Address: Seymour Lake Township Park, 2795 Seymour Lake Road, Oxford
  • Cost: free/fireworks; fees/some activities; parking: free/daytime, $5/after 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Phone: 248-628-1720

This sixth annual festival promises three days full of carnival rides, games, live entertainment – and, best of all, two fireworks displays (at dusk on Friday and Saturday!).

Taylor Summer Festival

June 26-29, 2014

  • Time: Carnival: 4-11 p.m. Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-8 p.m. Sunday; Fireworks: dusk Saturday (rain date is Sunday)
  • Address: Heritage Park, near Sheridan Community Center, 12111 Pardee Road, Taylor
  • Cost: free/fireworks, $20/unlimited rides, $5/Friday bands, $10-$15/Saturday concert
  • Phone: 734-374-3901

On Saturday, find a fireworks spectacular display kicking off around 10 p.m. Make it a full day of fun with carnival rides, the Heritage Park Petting Farm, live entertainment and more. The entire fest also runs Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Stars and Stripes Festival

June 26-29, 2014

  • Times: noon-11 p.m. Thursday-Sunday
  • Address: Freedom Hill County Park, 15000 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights
  • Cost: free/entry, $25/carnival ride wristband
  • Phone: 586-493-4344

This bigger and better fireworks display will close out this epic weekend of fun with a bang, at 10:30 p.m. Sunday night (June 29). This year, the fest also offers tons of food, art, carnival rides, a petting zoo, and much more all weekend. Don’t miss Family Day on Thursday, June 26, when carnival wristbands are half off!

Stony Creek Metropark Fireworks

June 27, 2014

  • Time: 10:05 p.m. Friday
  • Address: 4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township
  • Cost: $7/vehicle, $10/after 5 p.m., free/with annual permit
  • Phone: 586-781-4242

Visit this annual fireworks display. Arrive early with the family to enjoy the park in advance, get a discount on entry and maybe bring a picnic dinner.

Grosse Pointe Farms Regatta and Fireworks

June 27-29, 2014

  • Time: Saturday: music 7-9:45 p.m., fireworks at dusk; regatta also has events on Friday and Sunday (check ahead for schedule)
  • Address: Pier Park, 350 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 313-885-6600 (Grosse Pointe Farms City Hall)

The 2014 regatta, sponsored by the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club, is jumping with live music, boat races, fireworks and plenty of fun activities for the entire family to enjoy. The Saturday fireworks display follows a free concert featuring Soul Provider Band.

Van Buren Township Fireworks

June 28, 2014

  • Time: 7 p.m./entertainment, 10 p.m. Saturday (rain date is Sunday, June 29)
  • Address: Beck Road baseball fields, between Tyler Road and the I-94 North service drive, Van Buren Township
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 734-699-8921

There will be a DJ, food and drink vendors, glow products for sale and a great fireworks display at dusk.

White Lake Fireworks

June 28, 2014

  • Time: 2:15 p.m./boat parade, dusk Saturday (rain date is Sunday, June 29)
  • Address: south end of White Lake, Highland Township
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 248-887-5658

Various fundraising efforts support this spectacular two-barge display, helmed by the White Lake Citizens League. The theme of this year’s Independence Day celebration is “Family,” and local boaters are encouraged to reflect the theme in the local boat parade held prior to the fireworks display.

Grosse Pointe Woods Fireworks

June 29, 2014

  • Time: 7 p.m./entertainment, dusk/fireworks Sunday (rain date is Monday, June 30)
  • Address: Parcells Middle School grounds, 20600 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 313-343-2408

Come for the live family-friendly music by Digital Vinyl, the spectacular sky show, or both! People tend to arrive early to mark their spots. Buy food from on-site vendors, too.

Lake Erie Metropark Fireworks

June 29, 2014

  • Time: 6 p.m./pre-fireworks events, 10 p.m./fireworks, Sunday
  • Address: 32481 W. Jefferson Ave., Brownstown
  • Cost: $7/vehicle before 5 p.m., $10/vehicle after, free/with annual permit
  • Phone: 734-379-5020

In addition to the fireworks display, you can catch some live music by Hidden Agenda from 6 to 9:30 p.m., or check out an open wave pool and other attractions at the park. Food items and novelty glow products will be available for purchase until the first fireworks go off.

Madison Heights Festival in the Park

June 29, 2014

  • Time: 7 p.m./event starts, dusk/fireworks Sunday
  • Address: Civic Center Park, 360 W 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights
  • Cost: free/fireworks, fees/some events, activities
  • Phone: 248-589-2294

There will be tons of music, games, and fun activities for kids to enjoy such as face painting, inflatables and more at this annual festival. Events and activities begin at 7 p.m., with a colorful firework display topping off the night at 10 p.m.

21st Annual Salute to America

July 2-5, 2014

  • Times: 6-10 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday
  • Address: Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Cost: $24/ages 13-plus, $15/ages 5-12 (note: these prices are for nonmembers at the gate; lower prices for members/advance purchases); $5/parking

This four-day celebration is chockfull of fun games and activities for kids, festive holiday food from The Henry Ford’s award-winning culinary staff, music by Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army Field Band, Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus and more. Stick around for the grand finale: The DSO playing Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, featuring authentic cannon fire and a spectacular fireworks display accompanied by live patriotic music.

Hudson Mills Metropark Fireworks

July 3, 2014

  • Time: 7-10 p.m. Thursday
  • Address: 8801 N. Territorial Road, Dexter
  • Cost: $7/vehicle before 5 p.m., $10/vehicle after, free/with annual permit
  • Phone: 734-426-8211

This Dexter fireworks display is at dusk, and beforehand, a DJ spins music in the activity center from 7 to 11 p.m. Why not make a day of it? Food sales start at 3 p.m. Park staff recommends arriving early; the park tends to hit capacity by 9 p.m.

Beverly Hills/Birmingham Fireworks

July 3, 2014

  • Time: dusk Thursday
  • Address: Lincoln Hills Golf Course, 2666 W. 14 Mile Road, Birmingham
  • Cost: free
  • Phone: 248-530-1660

Parking is available at Seaholm High School, across the street from the golf course. Food, chairs and blankets are welcome! Donation buckets are available to help offset the cost of the display.

Wolverine Lake Tiki Night and Fireworks

July 3, 2014

  • Time: dusk Thursday
  • Address: 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, of course, the fireworks show over the lake.

Manchester Fireworks Display

July 3, 2014

  • Time: dusk Thursday
  • 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.

Oakland County Boat Club Fireworks

July 3, 2014

  • Time: dusk Thursday
  • 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.

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 march troupes 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 Gil Talbert 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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