On the Fourth of July, we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Throughout West Michigan, you’ll see Independence Day celebrated with a variety of traditions, including fireworks, parades, and outdoor activities. Spend the holiday with friends and family, and enjoy the United States’ 241st year of independence with these patriotic events in West Michigan.
Fourth of July in Southern West Michigan
Fireworks Sails are back at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven. Enjoy one of West Michigan’s finest displays of fireworks from the deck of the museum’s tall ship, Friends Good Will. You’ll have the best seat in the house when the fireworks light up the lake on Monday, July 3rd for the South Haven area’s firework display. Thousands of beach-goers gather as fireworks are launched from the South Pier and illuminate the lakeshore.
Celebrate Fourth of July early as the South Haven Center for the Arts presents the 59th Annual South Haven Art Fair on July 1st and 2nd. The fair features the original artwork of over 120 local and national artists, exhibited in peaceful Stanley Johnson Park, one block from the sandy, sunny shores of Lake Michigan. Experience drawings, paintings, works in clay, digital art, fiber art, glass, photography, sculptures, mixed media, and jewelry, accompanied by a backdrop of music, local Michigan food, and fun art activities for kids. Don’t miss the patriotic music of the Casco Band, a fun Independence Day treat, on Sunday, July 2nd at 2pm.
Round Barn Winery in Baroda is hosting their two-day Reds, Whites, & Brews event on July 1st and 2nd. The event highlights Round Barn’s brewery, with craft brews on draft, live music, wine, cocktails, and more. Kids will love the bounce house, inflatable slide, and yard games. Soak up the sun with a drink in your hand and dance to your heart’s content at this annual event.
A Southwest Michigan favorite, check out the St. Joseph fireworks at dusk on Tuesday, July 4th! While you wait for the show to begin, bring the kids, curl up on a blanket, and relax for an evening under the stars with a concert featuring many patriotic favorites. Fireworks and Tchaikovsky’s rousing “1812 Overture” complete this summer tradition.
Celebrate Independence Day in Marshall! The Brooks Memorial Fountain Circle is the site of a delicious BBQ chicken lunch and free ice cream sandwich on Tuesday, July 4th from 10am to 12:30pm. While you eat, the Rotary Concert Band will play some of your favorite tunes. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to get the most out of this fun event.
Are you taking an extended weekend for the Fourth of July? Be sure to visit the wineries along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail! Many of the wineries are planning events around the Fourth of July, so check out what your favorite winery has in store!
The Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival is June 29th to July 4th at the W.K. Kellogg Airport. Spend your Fourth of July at the event, with air shows from noon to 5pm and balloon launches throughout the day. Fireworks will conclude both the holiday and the festival the evening of the 4th.
The Fourth of July weekend at Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater gets a solid start with the Thunderwüde concert on Saturday, July 1st. The concert features a blend of American roots rock, bluegrass, country, and folk presented in the beautiful historic setting of the Tibbits Opera House. Opening the concert is The Jim Stout Band, a fan favorite in the lower Michigan music scene, the group crosses genres with an emphasis on vocal harmonies. The concert kicks off at 7:30pm with tickets ranging from $14 to $16.
Experience one of the finest hometown festivals in Coldwater. Start the Fourth of July with the 30th Annual Independence Day 5K walk and run. Afterwards, make your way to Quincy for the Annual Fourth of July Parade followed by the traditional Rotary Pork Chop BBQ.
Fourth of July in Central West Michigan
In celebration of the Fourth of July, Big Rapids is hosting a special parade on Tuesday, July 4th. The parade begins at 6pm at Big Rapids Middle School and makes its way south down Michigan Avenue. There will be a fireworks at the Mecosta County Fairgrounds at dusk with a rain date of Friday, July 7th.
The Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant is celebrating Fourth of July weekend with concerts each night and a carnival all weekend long. Concerts include Vince Neil on June 30th, Skid Row on July 1st, and Three Dog Night on July 2nd. There will be a firework show on Saturday, July 1st at dusk.
The Grand Haven annual 4th of July Fireworks display lights up the night after the evening’s Grand Haven Musical Fountain evening show and National Anthem performance. The City of Grand Haven has several areas for viewing this spectacular fountain and fireworks show! Arrive early with your blanket, lawn chair, and picnic basket to get the best spot for all the festivities.
Fourth of July in Grand Haven is one of the best times to be around the area. The shops are open, the streets are taken over by the parades, and fireworks ignite the sky. With so much traffic and little parking, one of the best ways to make your way through Grand Haven is on an electric bike from the Electric Bike Place. It’s easy to make your way around town, simply locking your bike up when you stop. You’ll be spending less time finding a parking spot and more time enjoying the Fourth of July with your family and friends.
Parrot’s Landing Jeep Rentals and Tours in Mears has a special offer for the Fourth of July. With the fireworks launching over Silver Lake Sand Dunes on Tuesday, July 4th, rent a jeep that evening for a front row seat to the show! You can even bring your dog along with you, ensuring that the whole family gets celebrate the holiday.
There’s a variety of events celebrating Independence Day in Muskegon, including some notable fan favorites. The Muskegon Rockstock is July 3rd and 4th at Heritage Landing. This is an exciting family event with local food, craft beers, vendors, and music. If you’re looking for a traditional Fourth of July venture, the White Lake Area Fourth of July Parade & Fireworks begins at 10am on Tuesday, July 4th. Later that evening, watch Muskegon’s fireworks display with the best seat in the house aboard the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for only $5. Bring a chair and sit on any of the three decks. Muskegon is the place to be if you’re looking for a rocking Fourth of July!
The Ludington area kicks off the Fourth of July celebration with their Children & Pet Parade on Monday, July 3rd in downtown Ludington. The parades don’t stop there, as the Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival Grand Parade brings even more fun on Tuesday, July 4th. If you want to be on the water, check out the S.S. Badger’s Fourth of July Shoreline Cruise. You’ll love your time on the Badger, whether you’re on the top deck or spending time with family down below. The day finishes with the Freedom Festival Fireworks later that night.
Join Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant in Holland for their 4th of July Celebration on Tuesday, July 4th from 7pm to 11pm. They will be having a backyard barbecue, with delicious food, live music, cash bars, patio games, and a prime view of the firework display! Tickets are $40 per person, with $5 of each ticket purchase being donated to Thin Blue Line of Michigan, a non-profit organization providing various assistance to active and retired Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Dispatchers, Corrections, EMT, EMS and Administrative Clerks. Tickets will be on sale until Thursday, June 29th.
Fourth of July in Northern West Michigan
Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville is hosting their Independence Day celebration, the Family Carnival and Fireworks, on Monday, July 3rd. Bring the entire family as Crystal Mountain is converted into “Main Street USA.” Kids and kids at heart will have a blast on the inflatable obstacle course, human hamster balls, and at the petting zoo. Find a good spot to watch the bike parade before heading over to the Family Carnival. The day rounds out on the slope-side lawn as you watch the fireworks shoot over the mountain beginning at dusk.
Stay at the Inn at Bay Harbor in Petoskey to celebrate the Fourth of July in style. On Monday, July 3rd, Bay Harbor is hosting a performance by the Petoskey Steel Drum Band, followed by their annual fireworks display over Bay Harbor Lake. The Fourth of July Parade on Main Street returns on Tuesday, July 4th at 11am for your viewing delight. The Inn at Bay Harbor is your homebase for everything Fourth of July in the Bay Harbor area!
Join the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island for their Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July Celebration from July 2nd to 5th. Your stay will be filled with fun, including a children’s carnival, ice cream social, cookout luncheon, cocktail receptions, full breakfast and five-course dinner daily, and more. Enjoy an American Picnic for dinner at Fort Mackinac followed by celebratory fireworks on Tuesday, July 4th. The Grand Hotel invites you and your loved ones to a unique Fourth of July filled with island tradition.
For the Fourth of July, Fort Mackinac, part of Mackinac State Parks, is going to be decked out in patriotic finery with banners, flags, and bunting. It is a proper 1880s Independence Day, with 38-gun salutes honoring the states of the period, performances of patriotic music, and Victorian children’s games. Guests can join the party and participate in Victorian dances and games on the fort parade ground. Spend the day exploring the grounds and experiencing an authentic Mackinac Island Fourth of July at Fort Mackinac.
Enjoy an All-American Fourth of July in Mackinaw City. Throughout the afternoon on the 4th, families will enjoy games like the frisbee toss, penny scramble, three-legged race, and more on the Marina Lawn. The Straits Area Concert Band will perform a free patriotic concert at Conkling Heritage Park and at dusk, the largest fireworks display in northern Michigan will light up the sky over the State Dock and the waters of Lake Huron.
Celebrate Independence Day in the Charlevoix area. You can spend the weekend in centrally located Charlevoix, boating on Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix or exploring the stores of downtown Charlevoix and Boyne City. Stop by the fun holiday festivities in downtown Boyne City before wrapping up the holiday weekend watching the fireworks.
The Fourth of July is the perfect time to take a trip with the Beaver Island Boat Company! Catch the ferry in Charlevoix and head over to America’s Emerald Isle for a big parade held right in the heart of downtown St. James Harbor on Beaver Island. Floats, flags, ferries, and fireworks can all be seen on the island in addition to the beautiful views of Lake Michigan.
Boyne City offers a variety of events and activities every Fourth of July. The fun kicks off on Monday, July 3rd with the 41st Annual Waterside Arts & Crafts Show, pre-registration for the Soap Box Derby, and early registration for the Annual Independence Day Run. A performance by the Big Boss Band rounds out the night. Taking the spotlight on Tuesday, July 4th is the Grand Parade at 10am and the fireworks over Lake Charlevoix at 10:30pm. Throughout the day, additional events and activities will be happening all over the city.
The Petoskey area is all about the red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July holiday. Between Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor, and Boyne City, the fun will be happening all weekend long. In Petoskey, it’s parade time at 6pm on Tuesday, July 4th followed by live music at the waterfront. Harbor Springs events include their Red, White & Brew event on July 1st and 4th, the Paul Revere fun run, a juried art show, and parade. The Fourth of July weekend will be nonstop fun in the Petoskey area!
Looking for a tranquil winery experience for the Fourth of July? Starting in July, Waterfire Vineyards in Kewadin is offering personalized picnic baskets. Select from a variety of snack items, a bottle of your favorite WaterFire wine, and a blanket, before heading off into their stunning and serene vineyard landscape for an unforgettable afternoon.
Head to Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire to get a jump start on celebrating Independence Day! Shanty Creek Resorts kicks off the holiday on Monday, July 3rd with their Freedom Festival. The festival includes games and activities for kids, bounce houses, live music, food and drinks, lawn games, disc golf, swimming, face painting, and more! There’s something for everyone all day long. The evening rounds out with a bonfire and s’more kits (available for purchase) and fireworks show at dusk. Admission is free with a nominal fee for some activities.
Benzie County is hosting their Annual Firecracker 5K on Tuesday, July 4th. The run begins at 8am and is followed by a July 4th Pancake Breakfast Buffet. Throughout the day, enjoy kids games in the park, facepainting, a coin hunt on the beach, and more. At 10:30pm, watch fireworks explode over Crystal Lake, bringing an end to this year’s festivities.
Frankfort’s Fourth of July celebration is one of the area’s best. The fun begins with a carnival from July 1st to 4th. On Tuesday, July 4th, enjoy additional activities including a parade, Art in the Park, and a sand castle sculpture contest. The fireworks at Frankfort Beach kick off at dusk.
Gaylord is hosting fireworks over Otsego Lake on Saturday, July 1st. The day starts with a Boat Parade on Otsego Lake at 4pm with the fireworks lighting up the sky at dusk. You can even park at the Otsego Lake County Park to get the best view of everything going on.
On the Fourth of July, Sault Ste. Marie is having an Independence Day Parade, which will be followed by fireworks over the St. Marys River. The parade route starts on upper Ashmun St. and concludes on Portage Ave.
The jdek at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids and The Kitchen By Wolfgang Puck are hosting a viewing party for the firework display on Monday, July 1st from 6pm to 10pm. The jdek watch party will have live music, a DJ, backyard BBQ food, outdoor bars, Independence Day swag, JW Marriott giveaways, and a fantastic view of the fireworks over the river! For more information, click here.
Rounding out your Fourth of July week, St. Ambrose Cellars in Beulah is hosting their Bayou in the Barn event on Friday, July 7th. This evening fundraiser celebrates the cultural connections that Louisiana and Michigan share through music, food, and community leisure. National and local musicians perform blues and zydeco music, while Louisiana cuisine is made from scratch with Michigan ingredients. Tickets are available via MyNorth Tickets.
Nearby Fourth of July Celebrations
Michigan City and LaPorte Indiana have Fourth of July fun to celebrate America’s holiday. The 71st Annual LaPorte Jaycee’s 4th of July Parade starts at 10am, where you can watch floats make their way through downtown. Later that evening, both Michigan City and LaPorte are hosting fireworks displays at dusk.