Happy 242nd Independence Day America, it’s time to celebrate! The American Pyrotechnics Association estimates that more than 14,000 fireworks displays light up the United States skies each Fourth of July. It truly is an American tradition to enjoy fireworks while spending time with loved ones and enjoying classic foods like hot dogs and s’mores.

In addition to attending your favorite fireworks display, try something unique this year and enjoy:

  1. An Independence Day-themed concert: Join the Northport Community Band in Glen Arbor for a performance that will get you ready to celebrate America’s independence the right way. Bring the whole family and some lawn chairs to Glen Arbor’s Old School House Lawn to enjoy this community tradition.
  2. A food fest: What better way to celebrate the melting pot that is the United States than by enjoying an International Food Festival in Marquette? From Monday, July 2 to Wednesday, July 4 you can sample all types of ethnic cuisines including German, Asian, Italian, Mexican, Cajun, and American delights.
  3. A double party: Celebrating one anniversary is fun, but what about two? Lake City is turning 150 this year and has planned a weeklong festival filled with activities for kids and adults, earning the name “The Greatest Fourth in the North.”
  4. An air show: Going on from June 28 through July 4, attend Battle Creek’s Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival for big thrills and beautiful sights.
  5. A patriotic run: The Stars, Stripes & Splatter is taking place at Grand Traverse Resort on Saturday, June 30 and is the perfect way to get the whole family moving during a holiday. This is a color run-style event featuring patriotic color stations. Can’t make it? Check out the Stony Lake Sparkler 5k on Sunday, July 1 or the Firecracker 5k in Beluah on July Fourth.

For more ways to get involved in your community, check out the Your Neighborhood tab on Empowering Michigan.

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