When the fourth rolls around every July, Northern Michigan seems to go on a mutual vacation. Celebrations of family, friendship, independence, and good food & drink merge together to make a holiday occasion that’s simply timeless. With such big plans in store and so many ways to celebrate, we put together a little bit of everything you need to have the best Northern Michigan Fourth of July.


Nothing is better than free fun and, luckily, the Fourth is a holiday that doesn’t require much cash. Especially with the multitude of Northern Michigan Fourth of July Parades and festivals taking place from Petoskey to Pentwater—opportunities to celebrate independence with countless other Michigan residents are everywhere you turn.

Apart from celebration via parade or festival, there will always be one classic Fourth of July activity that lights up the night: fireworks! Here, we’ve compiled a Complete Guide to Fourth of July Fireworks to help plan your ideal celebration after nightfall.


Northern Michigan is one of the Midwest’s top summer travel destinations and it’s easy to see why. From a bounty of Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Traverse City to a picturesque, Star Spangled Fourth of July on Mackinac Island it only takes visitors one stay to become a lifelong fan. Make your Fourth of July vacation an event to remember with these St. Ignace Fourth of July Ideas and Fourth of July Events on Little Traverse Bay.

Food & Drink

Nothing completes a memorable Northern Michigan Fourth of July celebration like the right dishes to complement the evening’s activities. Whether you’re headed to a family picnic on the beach or prepping for a backyard bonfire, we have what you need in these Northern Michigan Fourth of July Recipes and Red, White, and Blue Cocktails. Also, see Mario Batali’s Classic Fourth of July Recipes to recreate some of the world renowned chef’s unique holiday eats and treats.

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Cornerstone: Fourth of July 2016

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