I’m a student teacher and last semester I taught my class a lesson on American poetry. Before we began reading our poems, though, I asked them a simple question:
“When you hear the word ‘America,’ what comes to mind?”
The chalkboard was soon filled with a diverse list of words – some positive, some negative and some in-between. One student even rattled off the old familiar jingle, “Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet.” A common idea everyone seemed to agree upon is Americans have a fierce pride in our country. Through thick and thin, patriotism still endures.
Americans show their pride in many ways, and never more so than in the summer. Camping out on blankets and lawn chairs, we all come together to watch beautiful fireworks burst in the skies above us in celebration of our independence. It’s one of my favorite times of the year, and luckily, Macomb County offers tons of fireworks shows throughout the summer. So bring your pet bald eagle, grab a hamburger, and crank up the country music to enjoy these truly spectacular celebrations of America all summer long.
RoseFest Fireworks, at dusk (approximately 9:30 p.m.)
Veteran Memorial Park, 27325 Barkman Street, Roseville
Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival, at 10 p.m.
Walter & Mary Burke Park, 36300 Front Street, New Baltimore
Stony Creek Metropark Fireworks, at dusk
Stony Creek Metropark, 4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township
Mount Clemens Independence Day Fireworks, at dusk (approximately 10 p.m.)
Riverfront North Main Street, Mount Clemens
Utica Riverwalk Festival Fireworks, at 9:45 p.m.
Clock tower next to City Hall, 7550 Auburn Road, Utica
Center Line Fireworks, at 10 p.m.
Memorial Park, 25355 Lawrence, Center Line
Lake St. Clair Metropark Fireworks, at dusk
31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township
St. Clair Shores Fireworks Extravaganza, at dusk
Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Avenue, St. Clair Shores
Shelby Township Independence Day Fireworks, at dusk
Packard Proving Grounds, 49965 Van Dyke Avenue, Shelby Township
Fraser Parade, Picnic, and Fireworks, at dusk
Steffens Park, 33000 Garfield Road, Fraser
Jenna Russell is a summer intern at the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development. She is a senior at Oakland University.