Posted by: Kath Usitalo | June 12, 2012

The Land Of Ahhhhs: Michigan Fireworks Explode

The 54th fireworks show over the Detroit Riverfront takes place June 25 (Parade Company photo)

Just in time for fireworks season, Tucker the Wonder Dog has found a new safe spot as his retreat from the loud noises: the bathtub. We couldn’t get him near the thing for a scrub down, but recently he claimed the empty tub as his refuge when the booms of thunderstorms and neighborhood pyrotechnics turn him to a mass of Jell-O with four legs and a tail.

He’ll be spending a lot of time there in the coming weeks. Our local fireworks show explodes just a few blocks away on June 24, and we can hear the booms when the surrounding cities host theirs, as well. Not to mention the neighbors’ homegrown shows.

In 2009 I wrote about, a great resource for fireworks displays across the state all year ’round. Meg Geddes, a confirmed fireworks lover from Ann Arbor, launched her first website  in 1999 with just two sky shows: Detroit’s and Ypsilanti’s.

Today she lists 457 fireworks displays that cover the calendar and are searchable by county, city, and by date. She even provides links to the event websites where available. The information is free, a labor of illuminated love.

Check out and grab a blanket or your folding chairs and get ready to oooh and ahhh.

A sampling:

One of the most impressive displays in the U.S. is over the international waters of the Detroit River, and thrills hundreds of thousands of spectators on both sides of the border in Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The 54th annual Target Fireworks show begins at 10:06 p.m., Monday, June 25, and features more than 10,000 explosive effects set to music. Zambelli Fireworks Internationale produces the show for The Parade Company of Detroit. Free.

The 20th Annual Salute to America at Greenfield Village features a concert of patriotic music by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, capped by the 1812 Overture complete with cannon fire followed by a fireworks display. Dates are Saturday, June 30, Sunday, July 1, and Tuesday-Wednesday July 3-4. Admission is charged; advance reservations suggested.

The annual Bessemer Blast celebrates the “Spirit of America” beginning June 27 and wrapping up July 4 with a 7 p.m. parade featuring an F16 flyover and “Thunder on the Mountain” fireworks display.

St. Ignace
A full day of Fourth of July festivities in St. Ignace wrap up with a fireworks show over the Straits of Mackinac. The Independence Day tradition kicks-off the weekly fireworks display on the St. Ignace waterfront, every Saturday evening from July 7 through Labor Day Weekend. Free.

Traverse City
The annual Fourth of July Fireworks happen over West Grand Traverse Bay at 10:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, just days before the National Cherry Festival  kicks off on July 7. The annual celebration of the regional fruit closes with another fireworks show at the waterfront on Saturday, July 14. Free.

Bay City
The 50th Bay City Fireworks Festival features entertainment and family fun by day and fireworks over the Saginaw River each of the three festive evenings, beginning at 10:05 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, July 5-7. $1 admission at Veterans Memorial Park, $5 admission at Wenona Park.

Visitor Info: Pure Michigan



  1. Thanks for the reminder on the wbsite – it’ll help when we are looking for the fireworks on the 4th in Petoskey Looks like there are options…. Also, the Parade Co. shouldn’t go through all that fuss just for my b-day.

    • Yes—Petoskey and Harbor Springs have dueling shows over Little Traverse Bay on July 4th.
      And you’re right, the city is going all out for your birthday. Are you buying cake for everyone assembled—or at least those on the U.S. side of the river?

  2. Love fireworks!

    • Used to love watching them from Windsor; traffic got tooo crazy, haven’t ventured there in years. Maybe it’s time to give it another try.

  3. Tucker should try a Thundershirt! Cotton finds his moderately helpful. It may help TUcker with the fireworks. But really, don’t we all wish to retreat to the bathtub in times of stress and anxiety? Who can blame him, poor puppy…

    • I’ll have to look up a Thundershirt (!?). Yes, I agree on the tub therapy.

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