12 Fireworks Shows to Celebrate Fourth of July

Ford Fireworks, Clarkston Independence Fest Fireworks, Frankenmuth Volksläufe Fireworks, and more.
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Ford Fireworks Signature Shot
The Ford Fireworks take place in Detroit on June 26.  // Photograph courtesy of The Parade Co.

Nothing says “Happy Fourth of July” quite like the booming atmosphere of a fireworks show. Head to one of these displays to celebrate.

Cars Under Stars Fireworks Spectacular

Gates open at 5 p.m. for this event and fireworks start at 10 p.m. Along with the show, attendees can enjoy food trucks, craft beer stands, and live music from the metro Detroit dance-rock cover band Vavoom. $5 for Pontiac residents, $10 for walk-ins. June 25. M1 Concourse, 1 Concourse Drive, Pontiacm1concourse.com.

Ford Fireworks

The Ford Fireworks will light up the Detroit Riverfront with more than 10,000 pyrotechnic effects. The show can be viewed in-person at the Rooftop party or virtually via WDIV Local 4’s live broadcast. WJR and Paul W. Smith will provide special radio coverage of the event. No cost to watch the fireworks downtown. Fees apply and vary for area viewing parties. June 26. Downtown Detroit area; theparade.org.

Festival of the Hills Fireworks

Rochester Hills hosts its Festival of the Hills at Borden Park each year. The fireworks show, which is the largest display in Oakland County, is the finale to an evening of family-friendly entertainment, games, food, and fun. The festival includes inflatable play centers, a petting zoo and a screening of Minions: Rise of Gru at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. No cost, donations accepted. June 28. Borden Park, 1400 E. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills; rochesterhills.org.

Salute to America at Greenfield Village

Greenfield Village presents Salute to America to honor and celebrate America. In partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, patrons can enjoy drinks, food, and music in celebration Independence Day. The finale will conclude with an “1812” performance, cannon fire, and a fireworks finale. This celebration is from June 30-July 3 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. $35.75 for members, $42 for public, children are free. June 30- July 3.  Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; thehenryford.org. 

Clarkston Independence Fest Fireworks

Each year, Clarkston hosts its Independence Fest at Clintonwood Park. The day begins at 11 a.m. and includes a K9 show featuring police dogs, along with games, a petting zoo, and food. Live music begins at 7 p.m. and is followed by the 10 p.m. fireworks show over the park. No cost. July 1. Clintwood Park, 6000 Clarkston Road, Clarkston; indtwp.com.

White Lake Fireworks

White Lake is known for its Fourth of July celebration. Following the annual boat parade, the White Lake community hosts a fireworks show over the water. Viewers can watch from shore or take their boats out to get a front row seat to the excitement. No cost. July 1. White Lake Road area, White Lake; wlcl.org.

Field of Flight Fireworks

The Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival offers two separate fireworks displays to celebrate the Fourth. The 15-minute displays are scheduled for 10:30 p.m. on July 1 and 4, and they’ll be set to patriotic music as well as rock, pop, and country tunes. The festival also includes live music, food and craft vendors, an incredible airshow, and a hot-air balloon launch. $14, free for kids 3 feet and under. July 1 and 4. Battle Creek Field, 3140 Fifth Ave., Battle Creek; fieldofflight.com.

Frankenmuth Volksläufe Fireworks

German for “The People’s Race,” Volksläufe is a celebration of friends, family, community, and fitness. With 2K, 5K, and 10K options, the racing event is fun for all ages and fitness levels. The fireworks show takes place at the end of the first day of races and is visible throughout Frankenmuth. The show begins at 9:30 p.m., and the best spot in town to watch the display is at Heritage Park. No cost. July 3. Heritage Park, 601 Weiss St., Frankenmuth; frankenmuth.org.

Tiki Night Fireworks

The 36th annual Wolverine Lake Tiki Night features music, food, and fireworks. It’s a major event for the community and a celebration that many look forward to all year. The fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and are open to the public. Watch from shore or take the boat out with your friends and family to watch the display. No cost. July 3. Wolverine Lake area; wolverinelake.com.

Lake Erie Metropark

The fireworks begin at 10 p.m. over the park grounds and viewers can watch from the comfort of their cars, picnic blankets, and lawn chairs. No cost, Metroparks pass required. July 3. 32481 W.Jefferson Ave., Brownstown; metroparks.com.

Friday Night Fireworks

Following the Tigers game against the Oakland Athletics on July 4, Comerica Park presents a fireworks display. Tickets are still available and are necessary for viewing the fireworks from inside the park. The first 15,000 fans in line will receive a Fourth of July-themed patriotic grilling apron, presented by Miller Lite.  The game begins at 6:40 p.m. $22+. July 4.  Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit; mlb.com.

Clawson 4th of July Celebration in the Park Fireworks

This all-day festival celebrates Independence Day with tons of family-friendly fun. The celebration has been a tradition in Clawson since 1933 and includes a 5K and 1-mile fun run, an arts and crafts fair, parade, music, and concludes with fireworks at 10 p.m.  It’s a lively event that unites the community and welcomes visitors. No cost, donations accepted. July 4. Clawson Park, 935 N. Custer Ave., Clawson; clawson4thofjuly.org.

This post has been updated for 2023.