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’ 242nd year of independence with these patriotic events in West Michigan.
Live Music That Will Keep You Tapping Your Feet All Week Long
Come by the Village at Bay Harbor on Tuesday, July 3rd and enjoy an always-amazing show by the Petoskey Steel Drum Band with an unparalleled firework display over Bay Harbor Lake starting at dusk. Make sure you get your seat on the lawn early, as it’s always a popular show!
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the Thornapple Plaza in Hastings on Wednesday, July 4th to enjoy patriotic tunes performed by Hastings City Band, one of the oldest municipal bands in the country. After the band’s performance, there will be a bright and beautiful firework display.
Stop by Round Barn Winery for their Jammin’ in the Vineyard “Reds, Whites, and Brews” event on Saturday, June 30th. Craft beers and a high-energy lineup of four dance bands are on tap. Don’t forget to stock up for your Fourth of July barbecue with a growler or two of your favorite brews.
St. Ambrose in Beulah is hosting Bayou in the Barn over Fourth of July weekend on Friday, July 6th. This fundraiser for Grow Benzie features live music that will keep you moving all night long!
Something For Everyone in the Family
Castle Farms in Charlevoix is celebrating their 100th anniversary with three days full of fun! On Tuesday, July 3rd, peek into the Past with a historical photo exhibit, guided tours, antique dress display, and tunes by the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic and Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. Let your kids play in the castle all day on Wednesday, July 4th with bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, story time, and much more. On Thursday, July 5th, rock out to some live music and end the celebration with fireworks!
Hotel Walloon on Walloon Lake is celebrating their inaugural Independence Day Celebration at the Village Green Park on Wednesday, July 4th. Come out for games and activities for the kids, live music in the park, a huge firework display, and more!
Freedom Fest on the CauseWay is a Fourth of July staple for its good food, live music, beer tent (including non-alcoholic beverages), and street vendors. Grab your friends, family, and some chairs, and celebrate the Fourth of July in Newaygo County on Saturday, July 7th!
Bring the family and join in the fun at Crystal Mountain’s annual old-fashioned carnival in Thompsonville on Tuesday, July 3rd! Carnival highlights include games, a petting zoo, a bounce house, tasty food, live entertainment, and more. At dusk, bring your blankets and chairs to relax on the slope-side lawn and watch the fireworks shoot over the mountain.
Head to Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire to get a jump start on celebrating Independence Day! They are kicking off the holiday on Tuesday, July 3rd with the Freedom Festival. The event includes kids’ games, live music, food and drinks, lawn games, swimming, face painting, and more.
Celebrate the Fourth of July at the Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival from July 1st to 4th in Battle Creek. In addition to the hot air balloons and air shows, the event also features carnival rides, live entertainment, and fireworks.
Nelis’ Dutch Village in Holland is celebrating their 60th anniversary right in time for the Fourth of July holiday! Kick off the festivities starting on Tuesday, July 3rd with a vintage car show, displaying fifteen cars from the 1940s and 50s.
Following the hustle and bustle of the Fourth of July holiday, Turkeyville in Marshall is proud to be hosting their one-of-a-kind inaugural Vintage Camper Show over Fourth of July weekend on July 7th and 8th. Plan on strolling through the dressed-up vintage campers and craft show and join in on all kinds of games from years past. Afterwards, stop by the Turkeyville restaurant for a world-famous turkey sandwich and a slice of homemade pie.
Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City is offering a special golf rate right in time for the National Cherry Festival and the Fourth of July from June 30th to July 8th. Check out all of their great deals and packages going on this summer!
Spend your Fourth of July at TreeRunner Adventure Park in Grand Rapids for their holiday special! Bring your group down for a day full of adrenaline-pumping fun. The more people you bring along, the larger the discount you will receive!
Fourth of July is one of the most popular times in Grand Haven. One of the best ways to make your way through Grand Haven is on an electric bike from the Electric Bike Place. The shops are bustling, the streets are taken over by parades, and fireworks light up the skies. Spend less time finding a parking spot and more time enjoying the day with your family and friends.
Eat and Drink Your Way Through the Holiday
Visit the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids on Saturday, July 7th for their party on the jdek, with live music, drink specials, delicious food, and a great view of the river and firework shows. With fantastic and mouthwatering specials being offered from Cygnus 27 and the nearby The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, part of the Amway Grand Plaza, you cannot turn this celebration down!
Celebrate the Fourth of July with a tour at Long Road Distillers. Don’t miss out on a behind-the-scenes look at one of West Michigan’s favorite distilleries!
Need some fresh produce to throw in your Fourth of July fruit salad or cherry pie? Farmers Markets of West Michigan has got you covered. July is the perfect time of year for sweet and sour cherries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and more from the farmers markets located throughout West Michigan!
Have a long weekend planned for the Fourth of July holiday? Make sure you check out some (or all) of the wineries along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail. Most of the wineries are planning events and specials around Independence Day, so check out what your favorite one has in store this year.
Firework Shows That Will Blow You Away
Stop by Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant on Wednesday, July 4th for mid-Michigan’s largest fireworks show! Relax on the hill with friends and family while you “oooh” and “ahhh” at the amazing display.
Take a stroll down Grand Haven Main Street for an unforgettable Fourth of July evening featuring the historic Musical Fountain, synchronized with a spectacular fireworks display. This patriotic tribute show will leave your family dazzled and delighted.
Looking for the perfect place to view Fourth of July fireworks over the water? Look no further than Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant in Holland. Here, you’re provided with a fantastic and unforgettable view of all the lights and sounds over Lake Macatawa.
Rent a jeep from Parrot’s Landing in Mears this Fourth of July for a front row seat to the fireworks launching over Silver Lake Sand Dunes! Your family will love this unique view of the area’s firework display.
Celebrate an all-American Fourth of July in Mackinaw City. Hosted on Wednesday, July 4th, the event includes an afternoon of games followed by live music. At dusk, the largest fireworks display in northern Michigan will light up the skies over the Straits of Mackinac.
Bring the family to Saugatuck-Douglas on Wednesday, July 4th for their Fourth of July Parade and Waterfront Festival. The annual celebration includes live music, food trucks, a children’s corner, and even a celebrity dunk tank, followed by fireworks on the harbor. The activities are free and the fun is priceless!
Downtown Cheboygan is hosting a memorable parade through the town this Independence Day. With boating and cookouts throughout the day and a firework show at dusk, there is something for everyone all day long!
The Fourth of July is a busy time in the capital city of Lansing! First, there is the annual Fourth of July Celebration with a parade that will definitely blow you away. Later that evening, the local baseball team hosts an extravagant firework show following their game. Of course, don’t forget about Common Ground Music Festival kicking off the next day on Thursday, July 5th!
The Fourth of July in Mecosta area is packed with events, including parades, scavenger hunts, picnics, hot dog eating contests, a bake sale, and even a 5K walk/run for those that feel like being a bit more active on the holiday! The celebration concludes with an extraordinary fireworks display at dusk.
Stop by Muskegon for days worth of Fourth of July fun! The area’s Fourth of July celebration is July 3rd and 4th, featuring lots of great food, craft beers, live music, and more! Later in the evening, board the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for the best seat in the house and enjoy the awesome fireworks display over Muskegon Lake. Don’t forget to come back on Friday, July 6th for Michigan’s number one art show, the Lakeshore Art Festival.
Visit the White Lake area for their Fourth of July parade on Wednesday, July 4th! With over 100 entries, you won’t want to miss this family-favorite parade. Later in the evening, watch the awe-inspiring fireworks show at the scenic north end of White Lake.
The Fourth of July in Petoskey is small town celebrations done big! A parade starts off the evening’s entertainment, which includes kids activities and live music. New for 2018 is the Big Show Over the Village: Fireworks Over Walloon Lake as the grand finale.
Fourth of July celebrations are taking place all over Benzie County, including events at both Frankfort and Beulah. These celebrations include fireworks, parades, a Firecracker 5K Foot Race, and other fun-filled activities.
More Pure Michigan Cities with Some of the Best Holiday Hotspots
Long summer days, beautiful sunsets, endless fudge and ice cream, and unique shopping await you in Charlevoix this Independence Day. July is a great time to take a vacation and spend some time in northern Michigan. Enjoy the weekend with family and friends, creating lasting memories along the way!
Marshall hosts their Fourth of July extravaganza on Wednesday, July 4th! Start the day with the Pet & Bike Parade at 10am. A chicken barbecue follows the parade, with a special performance by the Marshall Rotary Band and a men’s quartet.
Looking for more West Michigan fun for the Fourth of July? Spend the holiday at one of these Michigan cities for a day full of sunshine, celebrating, fun activities and fireworks that will blow you away!