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15 AMAZING Spots to Watch 4th of July Fireworks in Michigan

Michigan Fourth of July Fireworks Displays

Michigan Fireworks 2022: Where to Celebrate July 4th in Michigan

There’s no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday – America’s Independence Day – than gathering with friends and family on a Michigan beach to see a sizzling spectacular fireworks display over the water.

Watching the bright colors burst against a dark night sky (cue the Ooohhs and Aahhs) while commemorating the birth of the USA is a summer rite of passage for many Michigan residents and visitors alike.

2022 Michigan Fourth of July Fireworks Displays

Although the COVID-10 pandemic put a damper (pun intended) on many fireworks displays in 2021, many displays are back on schedule for 2022.

We’ve found 15 spots around Michigan sure to raise your Independence Day Spirit while enjoying all of the summertime that Michigan beaches and beach towns have to offer.

While this is not a complete list of Michigan firework displays, it should provide you with some tips for choosing a great place to sit back, watch the sky and celebrate the U.S.A.

Read on to discover our 15 TOP Spots for Michigan Fireworks on the Fourth of July

Watch 2022 Michigan Fireworks Here

When it comes to July 4th fireworks displays, Michigan’s beach towns don’t disappoint. Silky, warm beach sand combined with soft lake breezes make for ideal 4th of July fireworks viewing…a perfect location to watch the skies light up overhead.

Read more about these 15 spots throughout the state of Michigan to watch the Fourth of July fireworks. Scroll through the list to discover Michigan beach town Independence Day celebrations or click on each location to go directly to that section.

Fourth of July Celebrations in Michigan

Visitors from around the country flock to Michigan beaches in the summertime, and Fourth of July celebrations are a true summer highlight for many.

Lucky for both Michigan residents and vacationers, the Great Lakes State has more than enough lakes to keep the celebrations going. In fact, some Michigan communities are kicking off the celebration early and hosting fireworks displays before the Fourth of July.

Be sure to CHECK THE DATES for each area listed to ensure you don’t miss the fun!

Michigan Fireworks on July 1 -3

Bay City, MI
Bay City, MI Fireworks Display
Veteran’s Memorial Park and Wenonah Park

Choose from THREE evenings of fabulous fireworks as the “City by the Bay” celebrates Independence Day with an amazing display over the river. You can find a spot on either side of the river in Veteran’s Memorial Park or Wenonah Park: both offer spectacular viewing.

Michigan Fireworks on July 2
Lexington, MI Fireworks
Lexington, MI Fireworks Display
Lexington Harbor

The sandy shores of Lake Huron in Lexington, MI – a charming Michigan beach town in Michigan’s “Thumb” region, is a great place to watch the fireworks over the water.

Just a shore drive from the Detroit-area, Lexington, MI is a convenient location to see a patriotic display of color over Lake Huron.

Lexington, MI’s Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks is scheduled for July 2. Fireworks begin at around 9:30 p.m. by the harbor in Downtown Lexington.

Michigan Fireworks on July 3
Au Gres Fireworks
Snuggled along the shores of Lake Huron just south of Tawas in Arenac County, the cute little town of Au Gres is a perfect spot to view July 3 Fireworks in Michigan.

The Arenac Fireworks Festival is scheduled for July 3. Fireworks begin at dusk on the corner of Court St & South St near the Au Gres Water Tower.

Click here to read more about the beautiful Lake Huron beaches in the Tawas area.

Bay Harbor
Bay Harbor, MI Fireworks Display
Village of Bay Harbor

Watch a stunning fireworks display over scenic Little Traverse Bay

Click HERE to read more about beautiful Petoskey, MI

Caseville Fireworks
Caseville Fireworks Display
Caseville Harbor Breakwall

In true Michigan beach town style, the summer resort town of Caseville will hold a fireworks show over the water on July 3.

Scheduled for July 3 at dusk, the Caseville Spectacular Fireworks Display & Entertainment at the Beach will be on Wooded Island, with parking is on Main Street, Independent Bank parking lot, Wooded Island Sports Grill parking lot, and the Caseville Harbor.

Charlevoix Fireworks
Ellsworth – St. Clair Fireworks
Ellsworth, MI

It’s not called “Charlevoix the Beautiful” for nothing: this upscale Michigan beach town on the shores of Lake Michigan comes alive in the summertime, and the July 4 fireworks celebration in nearby Ellsworth just adds to the fun.

The Ellsworth – St. Clair Lake Fireworks are scheduled for July 4th at dusk. Set on the backdrop of Ellsworth Lake and Saint Clair Lake – also known as the Chain O’ Lakes – the fireworks celebration will include the singing of the National Anthem.

Michigan Fireworks on July 4

Alpena Fireworks
Mich-E-Ke-Wis Park

The northern Michigan beach town of Alpena is made for summer fun, with many wide sandy beaches open to the public.

Set on the shores of Thunder Bay on Lake Huron, the beaches of Alpena are plentiful; offering many amenities for beach-goers including pavilions, picnic tables, playground and more.

The 2021 Alpena Fireworks display will be held at Mich-E-Ke-Wis park, a beachfront location with plenty of space for spreading out and watching as the night sky lights up.

The show begins just after dusk on July 4, and social distancing is requested while enjoying the show.

Learn where to stay, eat and play in Alpena here.

Boyne Fourth of July
Boyne Fourth of July Fireworks
Boyne City, MI

It’s been recognized nationally as one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in nation: two full days of parades, contests, old-fashioned games and activities and just about everything else you need to celebrate Independence Day in style.

The fabulous fireworks display is held over Lake Charlevoix at dusk.

Indian River Fireworks
Indian River Fireworks
DeVoe Beach near Burt Lake State Park

Directly south of Mackinaw City is the little town of Indian River, home of the 40-mile long Inland Waterway, Michigan’s longest chain of rivers and lake.

A year-round playground for boaters, golfers and water lovers of all ages, the natural beauty of Indian River draws vacationers from around the country to its shores. One of the area’s natural gems is beautiful Burt Lake, a large sandy bottom inland lake.

On the 4th of July, watch at dusk as the skies over Burt Lake light up with the Indian River Fireworks Display. The display is held at Devoe Beach near the Burt Lake State Park.

Indian River is within close proximity to the best Michigan beach towns including both Petoskey and Mackinaw City.

Mackinaw City Fireworks
Mackinaw City
Downtown Mackinaw City

The bustling Michigan beach town of Mackinaw City is set along the shores where Lakes Michigan and Lake Huron meet, and it’s a spectacular setting to watch a Michigan Fourth of July fireworks display.

Billed as the largest fireworks display in Northern Michigan, the Mackinaw City Independence Day celebration kicks off at dusk with a performance of the Straits Area Concert Band at Conkling Heritage Park.

Mackinac Island Fireworks
Mackinac Island Fireworks
Mackinac Island Public School

Fabulous Mackinac Island IS “Summer Capital of the World,” and this beautiful island at the tip of Michigan’s lower peninsula never disappoints.

A 15-minute trip across the water on one of the famed Mackinac Island ferries will deliver you to the island docks, where the scent of freshly-made fudge and other confections mingles with the lake air.

Travel back to simpler times and visit this “eight-mile around” island are cars are not permitted and join in the island’s Independence Day celebration.

The Mackinac Island fireworks show is set to begin just after 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 4. Visitors are encouraged to make their way to the expansive boardwalk and Windermere Point on the west side of the island to view one of the island’s most notable celebrations each summer.

Residents and visitors should arrive well in advance of the show’s start and are asked to closely adhere to social distancing and health guidelines set by state officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Marquette Fireworks
Marquette Fireworks Display
Marquette, MI

A spectacular fireworks display over Marquette Harbor on Lake Superior? Yes, please.

The fireworks are the finishing touch of a two-day Independence Day celebration featuring food vendors, a beer tent, kids game and a boat parade.

Port Austin Fireworks
Port Austin Fireworks Display
Port Austin Breakwall

The quaint, little harbor town of Port Austin, located near Caseville at the tip of Michigan’s “Thumb” region will host its annual firework display again on July 4, 2021. With Lake Huron’s clear, blue Saginaw Bay as a backdrop, the show is sure to be quite stunning.

The festivities begin with a holiday parade in downtown Port Austin: watch for floats, a marching band and a lot of Independence Day spirit.

PRO TIP: If you go, be sure to plan some time to stop in at the Lake Street Emporium, home of one of the world’s oldest operational Soda Fountain and enjoy a sweet treat.

At dusk, make your way down to the harbor to “oohh” and “aahh” at the fantastic fireworks display over the water

St. Ignace Fireworks
St. Ignace Fireworks Display
St. Ignace, MI

On the northern side of the Mackinac Bridge is charming St. Ignace, with beautiful Lake Huron views and Mackinac Island a backdrop.

Fireworks over the Lake begin in downtown St. Ignace at dusk.

Tawas Fireworks
Tawas Fireworks Display
Tawas Bay

The resort towns of Tawas City and East Tawas, located on Lake Huron’s sparkling blue Tawas Bay, provide a beautiful setting for the fourth of July fireworks in Michigan, this year scheduled for July 4.

The absolutely incredible fireworks display promise to be incredible, as the fireworks are scheduled to be set off from a barge in the center of Tawas Bay.

Find a spot along the waterfront parks along the Lake Huron shoreline or along the state dock at the East Tawas State Harbor and watch the colorful show.

Walloon Lake
Walloon Lake Fireworks Display
Walloon Lake, MI

It’s called the “Big Show over the Little Village” in picturesque Walloon Lake, just south of Petoskey, MI, and it’s a great spot to celebrate Independence Day.

If you get there early, you’ll find live music in Village Green Park from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM with Jedi Mind Trip and fun activities for the whole family.

Torch Lake Fireworks
Located approximately 30 minutes east of Traverse City, the Torch Lake Fireworks display is scheduled for July 3 and will be held at the south end of Torch Lake at dusk.

Plan your visit to the Traverse City area here.

Michigan Fireworks Q and A’s

Are fireworks legal in Michigan?

According to Click On Detroit, 7/2/20, State law requires that consumer-grade fireworks only be ignited from personal property. It is illegal to ignite fireworks on public property (including streets and sidewalks), school property, church property, or another person’s property without their express permission.

Is Mackinaw City still having fireworks?

Billed as the largest fireworks display in Northern Michigan, the Mackinaw City Independence Day celebration kicks off at dusk with a performance of the Straits Area Concert Band at Conkling Heritage Park.

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