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31 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 31 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 31 TOP Spots for Michigan Fireworks on the Fourth of July!

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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 31 spots throughout the state of Michigan to watch the Fourth of July fireworks. Scroll through the list to discover the best Michigan beach town Independence Day celebrations.

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!

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What: Bay City, MI Fireworks Festival
When: June 30, Jul 1-2, 2022 at 10:12 p.m.
Where: 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.

What: Greenfield Village Fireworks
When: June 30, July 1-3, 2022
Where: Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI

Head to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan for a stunning celebration and “Salute to America.” At dusk, strolling elements will pause and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will take center stage on the Village Green for a triumphant musical performance in celebration of Independence Day. The evening will end with a stirring “1812” Overture performance, cannon fire and a brilliant fireworks finale.

What: Lexington, MI Fireworks
When: July 1, 2022 at 9:30 p.m.
Where: 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 1. Fireworks begin at around 9:30 p.m. by the harbor in Downtown Lexington.

What: Au Gres Fireworks
When: July 2 at dusk
Where: Corner of Court St & South St near the Au Gres Water Tower.

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 2 Fireworks in Michigan. The Arenac Fireworks Festival is scheduled for July 2. Fireworks begin at dusk on the corner of Court St & South St near the Au Gres Water Tower.

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What: Jackson, MI Fireworks at the Cascades
When: July 2, 2022 at Dusk
Where: Cascade Falls Park, 1401 S. Brown Street, Jackson, Michigan 49203

Head to the beautiful Cascades Park in Jackson to watch a patriotic display of fireworks light up the sky.

What: Port Sanilac Independence Day Fireworks
Date: July 2, 2022 at Dusk
Where: Harbor Park, 7376 Main Street, Port Sanilac, Michigan 48469

Quaint Port Sanilac is a great place to watch the Fourth of July Fireworks over Lake Huron. This quiet little town on Michigan’s Thumb Coast is big on charm. Get there early and wander the little town and marina for some extra fun.

What: Bay Harbor Fireworks Display
When: July 3, 2022 from 7 – 10 p.m.
Where: Village of Bay Harbor

Watch a stunning fireworks display over scenic Little Traverse Bay. Celebrate Independence Day with our fabulous fireworks display over Bay Harbor Lake on July 3rd! Bring blankets and chairs and reserve your spot early in the Village.

TPlan some extra time to explore beautiful Petoskey, MI, just down the road from Bay Harbor. You might want to head north along M-119 and take a scenic drive through Michigan’s famous Tunnel of Trees.

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What: Caseville Fireworks Display
When: July 3, 2022 At Dusk
Where: 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.

What: Charlevoix Fireworks – Ellsworth – St. Clair Fireworks
When: July 3, 2022 at dusk
Where: 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 3 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.

What: Frankenmuth Volksläufe Fireworks
When: July 3, 2022 at Dusk
Where: Heritage Park, 601 Weiss St, Frankenmuth, MI

Celebrate America in Michigan’s Little Bavaria! Head to Frankenmuth in mid-Michigan for a one-of-a-kind Fourth of July fireworks celebration. Make sure you plan enough time to enjoy a world-famous chicken dinner at Zenhders or The Bavarian Inn. Not sure which one is right for you? Use our Guide to Frankenmuth Restaurants for more info.

Michigan Fourth of July Fireworks

What: South Haven Light Up The Lake
When: July 3, 2022 at Dusk
Where: North Pier over Lake Michigan

They’re finally back: the amazing South Haven Fourth of July fireworks display. After a two-year hiatus, this much-missed southwest Michigan fireworks display promises to be better than ever. Head to a South Haven beach to watch the sky light up over Lake Michigan in celebration of the July 4 holiday!

What: St. Joseph Fireworks
When: July 3, 2022 at Dusk
Where: Shadowland Pavilion, Silver Beach County Park, St Joseph, Michigan 49085

Silver Beach is one of the top beaches in Michigan, and what better place to watch the fireworks than from this beautiful spot on Lake Michigan? Be sure and plan some extra time to explore St. Joseph, one of teh top travel spots in Michigan. The St. Joe’s beaches are legendary, so make it a point to finf you way to at least one of them.

What: Leland, MI Fireworks
When: July 3, 2022 at Dusk
Where: Hancock Park, Union Street, Leland, Michigan 49654

Fireworks in Fishtown? Yes, please. Located in northern Michigan on the Leelanau Peninsula, lovely Leland is the perfect plane to celebrate the Fourth.

What: Torch Lake Fireworks
When: July 3, 2022
Where: South End of Torch Lake at Dusk

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.

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Michigan Fireworks on July 4

What: Alpena Fireworks
When: July 4 at Dusk
Where: 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 2022 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.

What: Beulah Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2022 at Dusk
Where: Downtown Beulah and Crystal Lake

Picturesque Crystal Lake in northern Michigan, not far from the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, is where you’ll find this fireworks display. Beluah is a quiet town, but don’t let it fool you: you’ll find a perfect spot for a Fourth of July getaway, both here and nearby Frankfort, MI.

What: Boyne Fourth of July Fireworks
When: July 4, 2022 at 10:30 p.m.
Where: 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.

What: Copper Harbor Fireworks Display
When: July 4, 2022 at Dusk
Where: On the waterfront in Copper Harbor, Michigan 49918

Head to the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula this Fourth of July to play games, have good food at the cookout in Township Park put on by the Copper Harbor Volunteer Fire Department.

What: Indian River Fireworks
When: July 4, 2022 at Dusk
Where: 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.

What: Grand Marais Burt Township Fireworks
When: July 4, 2022 at Dusk
Where: Over the harbor In Grand Marais, Michigan 49839

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What: Ludington Freedom Festival Fireworks
When: July 4 at Dusk
Where: Fireworks over Lake Michigan (viewable from any area beach)

Lovely Ludington is the site of a fabulous Fourth of July celebration. If you’re going, plan to find your spot along Ludington Avenue by 1 p.m. to watch the floats, local bands and the Scottville Clown Parade! The Freedom Festival Parade and Fireworks includes a one-mile dash along the parade route prior to the parade.

At dusk, head to Stearns Park or Waterfront Park to see an amazing Michigan fireworks display.

What: Mackinaw City Fireworks
When: July 4, 2022 at Dusk
Where: Downtown Mackinaw City Harbor

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.

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What: Mackinac Island Fireworks
When: July 4, 2022 at 10 p.m.
Where: Downtown Mackinac Island

Fabulous Mackinac Island is the “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.

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.

What: Marquette Fireworks Display
When: July 4, 2022 at Dusk
Where: Downtown Marquette Harbor, 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.

What: Port Austin Fireworks
When: July 4, 2022 from 9:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Where: 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. Plan some extra time to explore the beautiful beaches in Port Austin.

What: St. Ignace Fireworks
When: July 4, 2022 at Dusk
Where: 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.

What: Tawas Fireworks Display
When: July 4, 2022 at 10:20 p.m.
Where: 402 E Lake Street, Tawas, MI

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.

What: Traverse City National Cherry Festival Great Lakes Fireworks
When: July 4, 2022 at 10:30pm
Where: West Grand Traverse Bay, E Front Street, Traverse City, Michigan 49684

Gorgeous West Bay is the setting for this amazing fireworks display during the National Cherry Festival.

What: Walloon Lake Fireworks Display
When: Monday, July 4, 2022 at 10:30 p.m.
Where: 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.

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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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Michelle

Tuesday 28th of June 2022

Would south haven or silver beach be a better option if we can’t get to the beach until around 4?

Dale

Sunday 26th of June 2022

Hi. Doesn't Ludington have fireworks this year?

My Michigan Beach Team

Sunday 26th of June 2022

Hi Dale! Thanks for reaching out! Yes. Ludington DOES have a spectacular fireworks display over Lake Michigan planned for July 4. Please see our updated post for more information and have a great Fourth of July!