July Events & Celebrations

Find 4th of July fireworks, porch decorating contests, late night kayak floats, special golf outings, and more to enjoy in West Michigan this month!  

Due to COVID-19, many summer events throughout Michigan are being updated and changed on a daily basis. While this article was accurate to the best of our knowledge upon publication, we strongly suggest confirming with festival organizers before making plans to attend the below events.

4th of July Celebrations

Please note: As of 7/1/20, the Silver Lake Sand Dunes fireworks show has been canceled.

Visitors to Downtown Holland this 4th of July will have the opportunity for big savings as part of the annual Celebrate and Save! shopping and dining promotion. Over 30 shops and restaurants will be offering savings of 20% off at least one item to all customers wearing red, white or blue Saturday, July 4th. Just look for the participating business signs on the door to see who is taking part in the promotion!

Celebrate America at Vacation Station RV Resort in Ludington with bingo, tie dye crafts, bike and golf cart parade, site decorating and a pancake breakfast on July 4th!

The Ludington Area Jaycees Porch Decorating Contest will be held throughout greater Mason County to celebrate Independence Day. Dress up your outdoor area with red, white and blue for this new, festive event with chances to win a prize. Find details on the Jaycees’ website

Saturday, July 4th from 10:00am – 2:00pm is the 4th annual Heykoop Veteran Memorial Car Cruise & Benefit, starting & ending at the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum in Muskegon, benefiting Lighthouse For Veterans and the fight against Veteran suicide.

Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville has a host of 4th of July activities planned starting Wednesday July 3rd, all with social distancing and safe family fun in mind, including outdoor laser tag, Alpine slide rides, art projects, chairlift rides, campfires, and a family bike parade.

Northern Michigan’s Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire is getting a jump start on celebrating Independence Day this year. Kick off the holiday weekend with fireworks on Friday, July 3rd. Make a weekend of it and stay, golf, hike or just relax and reconnect with family.

Celebrate the holiday and enjoy a perfect summer evening with spectacular fireworks show July 3rd at Treetops Resort in Gaylord!

The Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce hopes to capture some of the holiday spirit by organizing a #SafeHarbor 4th of July online celebration to create a driving tour of patriotic homes, businesses, and vehicles. Local residents and businesses are encouraged to decorate their homes, businesses, and vehicles and post the pictures on the chamber’s Facebook page. Please include the address of home or business of pictures sent in. Photos will be shared on social media, as well as the chamber newsletter and website. Contest will honor the best of these categories: Most Patriotic Business, Most Patriotic Home, Most Patriotic Family, and Most Patriotic Vehicle. 

Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau looks forward to seeing everyone in Mackinaw City for fireworks on the 4th of July!

4th of July Fireworks will take place in St. Ignace at dusk and there will be fireworks every Saturday night after that through Labor Day Weekend.

Although the Independence Day Parade has been cancelled, the Sault Ste. Marie 4th of July fireworks will still be taking place at dusk. 

More Events and Happenings in July 

Harbor Springs Area Historical Society will be hosting the Blessing of the Fleet boat parade July 2nd at 6:00 pm on Little Traverse Bay. This annual event, now in its eighth year, is the official start of summer in Harbor Springs and honors the rich maritime history of the area. Vessels of all shapes and sizes are welcome to take part and decorations are encouraged. When registering, participants can select from several options which include offers of commemorate baseball caps.

Cornwell’s Turkeyville in Marshall welcomes back the Flea Market & Antique Show 10:00 am-4:00 pm July 3rd-5th.

Put your paddles in the river on July 4th with Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service in Muskegon for a 1 & 1/2 hour full moon float at the Hungry Ghost Moon Full Moon Kayak Float. Your float includes a kayak, paddle, life vest, glow stick, and transport back to your vehicle. Kayak owners are welcome to join, but must provide transport for themselves and their kayaks upstream. Book your float online or call 231-740-0227 for more information

During what would have been the National Cherry Festival week in Traverse City (July 4th-11th), members of the community are invited to join in the Very Cherry Porch Parade by decorating their porch, yard, or window to bring a smile to your friends and neighbors. The theme of the porch parade is Cherries to celebrate the region’s favorite fruit! The Very Cherry Porch Parade will take place from July 4th to July 11th. Registration is quick, simple and free.

Robinnette’s Apple Hause Barnyard Sale will be held at the Grand Rapids farm July 8th-11th. Enjoy discounts of 50-70% off!

If you’ve never experienced a fresh Michigan sweet cherry picked right off the tree, then you’re in for a real treat!  Lewis Adventure Farm and Zoo in New Era is celebrating cherry season with everything from food to fun. Bring your family and friends to enjoy cherry donuts, cherry pie, cherry orchard tours, U-pick cherries, cherry pit spitting contest, and so much more at the Cherry Jubliee, July 11th and 12th. 

Enjoy a Ladies Day and golf clinic on July 19th at The Lynx Golf Club in Otsego.  Options for either 9 holes, or 18 holes with a skills clinic by Patti Butcher, LPGA.  Register online at

Come shoot sporting clays at Blendon Pines Gun Club in Zeeland! Great for families or friends, as you are outside and can easily distance in the fresh air! It’s like golf with a gun. New shooters, no problem! Onsite instructors will start you with a safety talk and demonstration.  Great for couples, families, small groups and those seeking a new experience. Full gun store, with ammo, clothing, guns, flashlights, knives, hats, shirts, and more available onsite. Blendon Pines is open Wednesday through Saturday. For more, call 616 875-7000 or visit Blendon Pines online.

Find more on our events calendar.