Fireworks have captivated people ever since they were invented in China over 2,000 years ago. At first, fireworks were simple orange and white bursts that were believed to ward off evil spirits, but, over the centuries, they have expanded to include an enormous variety of colors, shapes and sounds. Now we use them for all kinds of festivities! This summer, Macomb County has tons of firework events to choose from, so make sure you check out the “rockets’ red glare” and “bombs bursting in air” at one of these fantastic celebrations.
June 11 – Art & Orchard Festival Fireworks
Township Hall Park, Van Dyke and 26 Mile Road
Festival lasts June 10-12. Includes a carnival, 5K fun run, lots of music, food and games! Fireworks on Saturday night at dusk and Chili Cook-Off on Sunday!
June 18 – Rosefest Fireworks
Veterans Memorial Park, 27325 Barkman St.
Festival lasts June 16-19. Carnival rides, games and concessions, movie in the park, car shows and more! Fireworks are at dusk on Saturday.
June 23 – Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival Fireworks
Waterfront Park, 36300 Front St.
Festival lasts June 22-26. Includes a pageant, carnival, parade, contests and games, music, food and fireworks. Rain date for fireworks: June 24 at dusk.
June 24 – St. Clair Shores Fireworks Extravaganza
St. Clair Shores
Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave.
There is a cost per person if you wish to view the fireworks at Memorial Park. That price is to be determined. In the case of rain on that day, the fireworks rain date will be Saturday, June 25.
June 24 – Mount Clemens Independence Day Fireworks
Downtown Mount Clemens – Riverfront, N. Main St.
Independence Festival Carnival lasts June 23-26, and there is a concert on the 24 before the fireworks!
June 24 – Stony Creek Fireworks
Stony Creek Metropark, 4300 Main Park Rd.
Plan to arrive early for these popular fireworks events. A $15 special event daily vehicle permit is required after 5 p.m. Free admission with annual permit.
June 25 – Utica Riverwalk Festival
Riverwalk/Clock tower next to City Hall, 7550 Auburn Rd.
Festival lasts June 22-26. Carnival rides, live entertainment, beer tent, petting zoo, canoe and kayak rides, and more!
June 25 – Center Line 80th Anniversary Festival
Memorial Park, 25355 Lawrence
Festival lasts June 24-26. Come down to Memorial Park; sit and relax, dance to the music and enjoy the various treats offered by a variety of vendors. Fireworks will take place at approximately 10 p.m.
July 1– Lake St. Clair Metropark Fireworks
Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metro Parkway
A $15 special event daily vehicle permit is required after 5 p.m. Free admission with annual permit. There will also be a concert by Holy Ghost Tent Revival!
July 3 – Stars and Stripes Festival
Freedom Hill Park, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway
Festival runs June 30 – July 3. Includes fireworks on Sunday, laser shows, national music acts, a carnival midway, lots of food and fun for the kids!
July 4 – MacRay Harbor Fireworks
30675 North River Rd.
Relax on your boat, or anchor out front and watch one of the best firework displays on the lake! Fourth of July parking passes must be picked up at the Member Services office by July 2. Limit two per well. Fireworks will take place around 10:15 p.m.
July 16 – New Haven Rocketfest
New Haven High School, 57700 Gratiot Ave.
The event will include a hometown idol contest, a barbeque competition, live entertainment, track and field events, a firework show and more.
July 24 – Fraser Picnic and Parade
Walter C Steffens Park, 33000 Garfield Rd.
Parade at noon, food, music, games, rides and fireworks! Crafter and Vendor show starts at 1 p.m.
Aug. 6 – Memphis Festival Days
Festival lasts Aug. 4-7. Memphis City Festival Parade on Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Lots of other events; check the link for the full daily schedule. Fireworks are at 10 p.m.
Aug. 26 – City of Warren Birthday Bash
City Square – Van Dyke, north of 12 Mile Rd., 1 City Square
Warren celebrates its birthday Aug. 25-28 with a carnival every day, live music, food and more!
Sept. 10 – Richmond Good Old Days Festival
Festival grounds, 69500 Beebe St.
Festival lasts Sept. 8 – 11. Events include a demolition derby, Figure 8 derby, pageants, food, music, parades and much more! Fireworks on Saturday night.
Jenna Russell is a summer intern for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development. She is a junior at Oakland University.