Wondering where to go to catch all of that fourth of July magic? MCM has you covered. Here’s our fourth of July events list!
It’s the Fourth of July! Kids running around with sparklers, hot dogs on the grill, patriotic parades and bursts of vibrant color in the sky during community fireworks displays. This is how Americans celebrate the birth of our nation, which was established in 1776 with the pen strokes of 56 Founding Fathers on the Declaration of Independence.
According to wallethub.com, 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on the Fourth of July! While making a toast to good ole Uncle Sam, people will spend more than $1.6 billion on beer and wine. And, there is a slew of July 4th fireworks displays, parades and festivals. So, put on your red, white and blue and get out and enjoy the festivities on our nation’s birthday. Here’s what’s happening in Greater Flint and Genesee County.
Bay City Fireworks Festival 2019
July 4-6, 10:12pm
This three-day event organized by Michigan Festivals and is one of mid-Michigan’s premier events. People travel from all over the U.S. for the amazing fireworks display. During the day, you can bring your family to the Skerbeck Family Carnival while waiting for the evening’s fireworks. Dozens of vendors sell their wares right at the carnival entrance, and on the opposite side of the river, Wenonah Park offers great local and regional entertainment on the bandshell stage right up until the fireworks begin.
Fireworks begin on Thursday, July 4 10:12pm (duration 15 minutes), Friday, July 5 at 10:12 pm (duration 15 minutes), and Saturday, July 6 at 10:12 pm (duration 36 minutes).
July 3, Dusk
Showboat Park, South Front St.
Clio Family Fun Day & Fireworks
July 4 2pm-11pm
Clio’s Downtown Entertainment District, Vienna Rd.
Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad
6140 N. Bray Rd., Flint
Carnival games near the vintage rides, face-painting, Boy Scout Troop 129 Flag Retirement Ceremony 1pm and an Ice Cream Social at Eldridge House after the ceremony (10am-5pm)
Fenton Freedom Festival
This patriotic, all-day event attracts people by the thousands! Businesses and the public alike can celebrate the holiday by taking part in or watching the famous Freedom Festival Parade, running the Firecracker 5K race, visiting local arts and craft vendors, enjoying music, a chicken dinner and children’s games, and ending the day taking in the spectacular sights of fireworks displayed from Silver Lake Park. (The park will be closed to the public). Parking for spectators will be available in all public parking lots on Silver Parkway, Owen Road and Silver Lake Road. All are welcome to join in the fun!
Flint Fourth of July Festival
July 4, 6-11pm
Visit Downtown Flint for this annual family-fun celebration. Enjoy a Fireworks Display and a live performance by the Flint Symphony Orchestra (concert at 7pm) playing classic Beatles hits and patriotic favorites.
Frankenmuth Volksläufe Fireworks and Road Race
Heritage Park, 601 Weiss St.
The Frankenmuth Jaycees are proud to host their annual Independence Day races! Festivities kick off on July 3 with food, entertainment and a patriotic Fireworks display at 10:05pm. Then, get ready to race on July 4! The Volksläufe, (German for “the people’s race”) is held annually in celebration of family, friendship, and fitness! Certified 5k, 10k, and 20k courses begin and end in beautiful Heritage Park. The scenic routes wind runners around historic Frankenmuth, over the famed Holz Brucke wooden bridge and Cass River. For younger race enthusiasts, there is also a family themed 2k Fun Run!
July 4, Dusk
Montrose Township Fireworks
July 4, Dusk
Barber Park, 11410 Seymour Rd.
This fireworks display is presented by the Montrose Patriots Club and Montrose area businesses. Plans are to have a massive sky lantern launch at dusk to salute military veterans, if weather permits. Sky lanterns will be available for purchase at Powell Sand and Gravel, 170 W. State St., Montrose. Funds raised from the sky lantern launch support local veterans.
Planning Backyard Fireworks?
If you’re planning to light your own fireworks this year, keep in mind Michigan passed a new fireworks law in December 2018. According to geneseehealthplan.org, the new law reduces the number of days consumer fireworks may be used each year. According to the State of Michigan, consumer fireworks include: Roman candles, bottle rockets, missile-type rockets, aerials, reloadable shell devices, firecrackers, helicopter/aerial spinners, single-tube devices with report. Consumer fireworks may be used after 11am until 11:45pm from June 29-July 4 and on July 5, because it falls on a Friday, according to the new law. Fireworks are not permitted on public property such as schools or churches, or the property of another person without their permission. If you have any specific questions about fireworks safety or laws in your area, we encourage you to call your city hall or township office.