Celebrate the arrival of 2014 by watching a spectacular fireworks show. Cities around the Metro area and beyond welcome crowds to bid farewell to 2013 as they host an array of events that are engaging for everyone. From an art festival and street party to a hockey game, southeast Michigan has a variety of locations that will have fireworks lighting up the New Year.
Jackson Eve On The Ave
Jackson, MI 49201
Stroll down the quaint streets of downtown Jackson during Eve on the Ave to find culinary delights, festive live music and the main attraction – fireworks. The New Year’s Eve street party has the feel of a neighborhood event, with all the trappings of a celebratory bash. A ball drop accompanies the countdown and signals crowds to look skyward for the fireworks to begin. This event has become an anticipated tradition for many families throughout the many years it has been held.
Midland Midnite On Main New Year’s Eve Bash
128 E. Main St.
Midland, MI 48640
Ring in 2014 with a fireworks display preceded by a fun evening of entertainment and events for the family. Midland’s Midnite on Main is packed with special activities everyone will love such as ice sculptures on display, a live children’s concert and a dance and karaoke party especially for teens. Also featured is a beer and wine tent and live musical entertainment. The biggest ball drop in the state leads the countdown, while the wondrous sparkle of fireworks will start the new year off with a bang.
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Grand Rapids Griffins New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
Van Andel Arena
130 W. Fulton St.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
This unique experience includes a hockey game followed by an explosion of indoor fireworks. The exciting event occurs at the Van Ardel Arena, who will be hosting the event against the Marlies. An open skate is held after the game. Please check the website to purchase tickets for this event. Sports fans, don’t miss the opportunity watch one of the largest displays of fireworks launched indoors in Michigan after the exciting match.
Downtown New Year’s Eve Gala
33 Market St. at N. Main St.
Mount Clemens, MI 48046
Fireworks in Mount Clemens are launched in the downtown area from the top floor of the county garage. A fun-filled roster of activities are scheduled, including karaoke and live music. This family-friendly event features a petting zoo, train rides, magic shows, crafts and stories. The fireworks are scheduled to begin precisely as 2013 turns into 2014.
Kalamazoo New Year’s Fest
200 S. Rose St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
The Kalamazoo New Year’s Fest celebrates the performing arts and is an exciting way to commemorate the arrival of 2014. This event welcomes the entire family for this wintertime extravaganza filled with the sights and sounds of the season. Storytellers, mimes and magicians will be sharing their talent and entertaining the crowds with their unique abilities. Watch musicians live on stage or catch a special performance from a comedian, impersonator or juggler. Count down the seconds until 2014 with the traditional ball drop and stay past the stroke of midnight to watch the fireworks light up the night sky.
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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.