Fourth of July Fireworks Ready to Pop in Traverse City

Celebrating our nation’s independence will feel a little more normal this year with the return of a fireworks display in Traverse City. After securing approval from the city of Traverse City and establishing safety protocols, organizers said today they are gearing up for a show that will light up the sky with one of the biggest fireworks displays in northern Michigan.

The show was cancelled last year due to the COVID pandemic, but organizers expect a spectacular display this year. “This is a show for everyone,” said Traverse City Boom Boom Club President, Tim Hinkley. “You get a sense the entire region is excited about the thought of bringing the kids and family together so we can all celebrate.”

The fireworks will be launched from a barge about 1,000 feet from shore of the Traverse City Open Space. The show is slated to begin at 10:30 p.m. on July 4th and last nearly half-an-hour. Organizers say the launch location provides for excellent viewing on miles of shoreline along West Grand Traverse Bay. “That allows spectators to space out in an outdoor setting and stay safe,” Hinkley said.

The Club has organized and conducted fundraisers to support the fireworks since 2011. This year the show got a major boost when TC Mirror and Shower Door pledged a three-year financial commitment as a sponsor. “The fireworks display celebrates our country’s birth,” said company owner Victor D’Ercole. “Support for the fireworks shows the pride and patriotism our employees feel, and our company supports. This is a day that really brings our community together and we’re grateful to be part of it.”

A limited number of VIP viewing tickets are available where the fireworks will be choreographed to music. Seating will be at a prime location at the north side of the Open Space. The ticket price includes food, soft drinks, entertainment and a cash bar is available. Tickets are on sale now at for $30 a seat and up to $1,500 for a ten-person table. If tickets are still available on the day of the event, they will be sold at the VIP Party Gate.

Organizers are encouraging everyone who attends to get a COVID vaccination before the fireworks. “There is still time for the vaccine to have a full effect before the show if people get their vaccine soon,” said Hinkley. “We want this to be a great show, but we also want everyone to be safe.”

The 2021 Fireworks Show coincides with the National Cherry Festival. Boaters should note that a safety perimeter will be set up around the launch barge and maritime traffic will be prohibited.