Detroit has it covered when it comes to fireworks around the 4th of July holiday. There are hundreds of events around town and in the city, ready to explode in a glorious display of colors overhead. From fireworks that explode above the water and fireworks set to music, to attending a week-long event surrounding the fireworks on the 4th, there are a bevy of ways to celebrate with friends and family. Check out a blast from the past – the best fireworks from 2012 in the Detroit Metro area, and continue reading below to see the greatest hits of 2013.
Clawson 4th of July
1098 North Bywood Ave.
Clawson, MI 48017
Date: July 4, 2013 at 10 p.m.
Clawson’s 4th of July has been a town tradition since 1933. This celebration features an arts and crafts show, sporting events, a flag-raising ceremony and fireworks. Additional events surrounding this extravaganza include an ice cream social, freedom run, children’s garage sale and band concerts. And don’t miss the Independence Day Parade that is held in conjunction with this event and includes floats and bands performing resounding renditions of patriotic tunes.
St. Clair Shores Fireworks Extravaganza
Veterans Memorial Park
32400 Jefferson Ave.
St. Clair Shores, MI 48082
Date: June 28, 2013 at dusk
Pack up the family and head out for a glorious display of fireworks as they catapult into the evening sky, reflecting on the lake below. The fireworks at Veterans Memorial Park feature a day-long roster of activities guaranteed to build up excitement surrounding the main event. Kids will have a blast at the Splash Pad or eating ice cream and hot dogs, available for purchase from various vendors. Live musical performances will be held throughout the day, culminating at the end of the night in an explosive serenade — the grand finale of all fireworks set to music. A live broadcast of the music accompanying the fireworks can be heard on 87.9 FM.
Sparks In The Parks
Milford High School
2380 N. Milford Road
Highland, MI 48357
Date: June 29, 2013 at 3 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m.
Sparks in the Parks in Milford features an array of fun activities for the entire family, not to mention the fireworks themselves. The greatest activity has to be “The Great Campout” which invites participants to set up a tent and roast hot dogs, make s’mores at the campfire, take a refreshing dip in the pool and play lawn games with friends and family. Or check out the “Sparks Market Avenue,” an extravaganza of crafts, produce and flowers. As a prelude to the fireworks, live music will be performed on the grounds, adding a special feel to this well-attended event.
Lake Erie Metropark Fireworks
Lake Erie Metropark
32481 W. Jefferson Ave.
Brownstown, MI 48173
Date: July 3, 2013 10 p.m.
The Lake Erie Metropark is located on the shores of Lake Erie and features a stunning visual display of nature, as well as an array of exciting activities for the entire family. Birdwatchers will revel in the hawks that fly overhead, kids love the giant wave pool and playground, while everyone appreciates the nature trails and boat launch area, where families can set sail in a boat or explore in a kayak. An added bonus includes an 18-hole golf course on the premises. Prior to the fireworks blasting overhead, live music will be performed to get spectators in the mood for the main attraction.
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Livonia Spree ’63
Henry Ford Field
14281 Farmington Road
Livonia, MI 48154
Date: June 30, 2013 at 10:15 p.m.
The Livonia Spree isn’t just about fireworks, it is a huge event that celebrates the founding of Livonia itself. Bring a picnic and settle in with family and friends while lively conversation and laughter fills the air. Activities include a magic show, petting farm, pig races, clowns and a pancake breakfast. There will be a carnival on site with fast rides and old-fashioned fare. Live music performances will be held throughout the week, featuring everything from jazz and rock to country. The festivities come to a close with the fireworks blasting above for a full half hour. Click here for a schedule of events.
After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at www.metalleaves.com and Examiner.com.