Independence Day is a day meant to celebrate the day, long ago in 1776 when America officially declared its independence from Great Britain with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Even back then, the day was marked with celebrations that included parades, fireworks, and bonfires. Today, Independence Day in Michigan is no different. Come along with us to explore all of the different ways that you can celebrate the 4th of July this year in Michigan.
Independence Day Parades in Michigan
Parades are often a local conglomeration of people within the community, getting together to promote and celebrate local businesses and groups. In Michigan, you will find multiple parades to help you celebrate July 4th. Oftentimes, they are even combined with other events and activities.
On West Washington St. in Marquette, Michigan is a great parade to help you celebrate the 4th. The parade includes fun floats, local marching bands, and even a display of classic cars. What’s unique about this spot, is that if you come back around 9 pm, you can even catch a boat parade. In addition to these great events, they are introducing a new laser show to this year’s roster.
While you’re in the area, be sure to visit Presque Isle Park to see some beautiful, accessible spots around Lake Erie. Downtown Marquette is also a very accessible city to wander around in, complete with friendly residents to guide you along, so be sure to explore the area while you’re there. You can even rent one of our wheelchair-accessible vans to help you get around with ease.
Boyne City, MI
Boyne City’s Independence Day celebration is known to be the “best fourth in the north,” so you know their July 4th events will be exciting. The fun actually begins on July 3rd, with a craft fair, bounce houses for the kids, and even water slides. At 10 am. on July 4th, however, is the beginning of the Grand Parade, starting at the corner of East and Waters St. The excitement doesn’t stop there, as the boat parade starts at noon and visitors can enjoy various activities all day long.
Allendale’s Grand Parade is quite the experience, beginning with the Hooligans Flight Team flyover to kick off the start of their parade. You will also get to see a great display of military vehicles, emergency vehicles, buses, bikes, and more as the whole town gets involved with the celebration. If you stick around for the evening events, you can catch the festival at Allendale Community Park, followed by a spectacular fireworks display.
Fourth of July Festivals in Michigan
Nothing is more enjoyable than spending the Fourth of July with loved ones at a traditional festival. Michigan has some great festivals around town to make sure that you have every opportunity to celebrate the Fourth.
Traverse City, MI
Perhaps one of the most popular festivals in Michigan is the National Cherry Festival. In fact, Traverse City is actually known for being the “cherry capital of the world.” On Union St., you’ll find yourself in the middle of an eight-day festival featuring three parades, an air show, concerts, craft fairs, and more. While you’re there, make sure to explore the rich history of the cherry by visiting the local farms, restaurants, and shops. You can visit our Traverse City location to rent one of our wheelchair-accessible vans to help you see the town’s greatest attractions.
In nearby Frankfort, MI, you’ll find the Frankfort Carnival, a great family event held on the Fourth of July each year. The day starts off with a parade at 10 pm. You can also view local art throughout the day and even enjoy classic carnival rides, food, and games. You can even take part or spectate in the Sand Sculpture Contest from noon to 3 pm. Finish the day off with a dramatic firework display at 10:30 pm.
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Independence Day Fireworks in Michigan
Nothing says Independence Day like finishing the night off with incredible displays of fireworks. Although we have already mentioned a few fireworks shows above, there are still more that deserve their spot on this list.
Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids is a great city to celebrate Independence Day in. During the day, enjoy a whole host of summertime activities, visit some great accessible restaurants, and shop locally. Finish the night off at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, located in downtown Grand Rapids, and enjoy your evening with some beautiful weather, concerts, live entertainment, and fireworks to end the night.
About an hour and a half’s drive from Grand Rapids, Michigan, lies the coastal town of Ludington. On July Fourth, the S.S. Badger can take you on a late-night cruise along the Ludington Shoreline. While on board, you will have many options for the night’s entertainment, including movies, shopping, bar service, a museum, and multiple lounges. Tickets include food and live entertainment while on the ship. The whole night is patriotic-themed and will end with a spectacular display of fireworks. If you need a wheelchair-accessible van to get you to your cruise, be sure to stop by our Grand Rapids location to reserve a rental van
Whether you spend your night on a relaxing cruise or have an exciting night playing games at a carnival, you have many accessible options for your Independence Day celebrations in Michigan.
At Clock Mobility, we are all about simplifying your travel plans. We have a great selection of rental vans to get you where you’re going. Or, if you’re looking for a more permanent transportation solution, we also offer new and used wheelchair-accessible vans for purchase. To top it off, we have a variety of mobility aids to make your transportation even more accessible. Contact us today with any questions or inquiries.