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Compiled by Gina Myers

The 4th of July is upon us, and for those who won't be heading north to camp out, there is still plenty to do in Mid-Michigan. If you're looking for more than just a backyard barbecue and at home fireworks display, consider the following options:

Bay City

The Bay City Fireworks Festival kicks off on Thursday, July 1st and runs through Saturday, July 3rd. The event features a carnival that runs daily from noon to midnight on Veteran's Memorial Park, live music nightly at Wenonah Park, and three nights of fireworks. On Thursday and Friday nights, the fireworks start at 10:10 pm and run for about fifteen minutes. Saturday is the grand finale, getting underway at 10:12 and running for about forty minutes. For more information, visit http://baycityfireworksfest.com/.


Launching from Ojibway Island, the Saginaw Fireworks Show takes place on Sunday, July 4th, starting at 10:15 pm. Lasting approximately thirty minutes in length, the fireworks are set to music that airs on WSGW and News Radio 790, and the show will also be televised on SGTV and WNEM TV 5. According to the Saginaw Area Fireworks website, "A centerpiece of the fireworks has become the 'waterfall' of fireworks, shot from the Holland Street Bridge." The website advises, "The show may be seen from anywhere along the Saginaw River, with the best viewing spots being the parking lot of Danaher Motion and the Court Street Bridge." For more information, visit http://www.saginawareafireworks.com/.


Also on Sunday, July 4, the Midland Fireworks launch from Chippewassee Park. Starting at 5 pm, live music, featuring Maybe August and The Laurie Middlebrook Band, will be going on for free. Fireworks get underway at 10 pm and will last from twenty to thirty minutes. For more information, visit http://midland-mi.org.


The Flint Fireworks Show returns this year, after being cut due to budget problems last  year. The fireworks are part of the two-day  "I Am Flint" Fourth of July Festival, taking place on Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4. Located in downtown Flint at Saginaw and Kearsley Streets, the festival will feature a carnival, live music, and a three-on-three basketball tournament. The fireworks will get underway at 10 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit http://celebrateflint.org/.


A number of other towns in the area will be hosting their own Fourth of July events. The Chesaning Fireworks Display takes places at Showboat Park in Chesaning on Saturday, July 3 at dusk. Clio Family Fun Day is on Sunday, July 4 at Clio City Park with activities all day long and fireworks at dusk. West Branch Heritage Days also takes place on the 4th, with a parade and other activities. You can find more information for other cities on http://MichiganFireworks.com. If there is something you'd like to list, you can add it to our event calendar here

© Gina Myers, 2010