Fourth of July celebrations in Genesee County are a little different this year. Many cities and towns have canceled their annual Independence Day events, including the city of Fenton. The annual Fenton Freedom Festival has attracted thousands of visitors over the years. The festival is a four-day event that includes a firework display at Silver Lake Park, parade, Rubber Ducky race, craft show, children’s games, barbecue, pancake breakfast and a 5K race. This year due to the pandemic, most of the events are canceled with the exception of a virtual race, virtual parade and fireworks display.
The virtual parade can be viewed on July 4 at 10am and will be broadcast on Channel 191. Runners can register for the race online, pick any starting location, and then upload their time to the website to receive a medal and T-shirt.
Firework displays at some private lakes in the area are still on, including Lake Fenton and Lake Ponemah. Many people, however, choose to celebrate the holiday this year with a backyard barbecue with family and friends and their own fireworks display. Consumer fireworks are permitted in the state of Michigan from June 29-July 4, 11am-11:45pm.
Fireworks Displays nearby
Frankenmuth will have a fireworks display that can be seen in many areas around town. The fireworks will be launched from Frankenmuth’s Heritage Park, which will be restricted to the public.
A small fireworks display will take place in Caseville along Saginaw Bay on Wooded Island.
Au Gres Michigan will hold their fireworks display at dusk at the corner of Court and South Street, near the Au Gres Water Tower.