Top 10 Best Northern Michigan 4th of July Fireworks

More than 10,000 voters from across the state weighed in on 101 things they love about Northern Michigan. Their votes determined over 300 Red Hot Best winners and 700 honorable mentions. Here you’ll find the best Northern Michigan 4th of July Fireworks.

Fireworks may be one of the most traditional 4th of July traditions, but it takes some tech to pull off a show as elaborate as Traverse City’s July 4th spectacle. For starters, the whole display is choreographed to music—a custom blend of classic rock, country, jazz and the requisite patriotic favorites that fireworks guru Bruce Tyree starts assembling at least six months in advance.

Once he has a 30-minute mashup he’s satisfied with, he then loads the soundtrack into a proprietary software program that allows him to perfectly coordinate different pyrotechnics to every crescendo and cymbal crash. He can even run a simulation to get a sense of how it’s all going to look. When everything’s just so, he then outputs a “fire file” that will direct the whole show via a computer on the big night. Organizers will have plenty of speakers blaring Bruce’s custom mix if you want to take in the show with the sound included. Or he has a new app so you stream the soundtrack if you’re watching from beyond earshot of West Bay.

First Place: Traverse City
Second Place: Frankfort/Elberta
Third Place: Northport

More Red Hot Best winners for Northern Michigan 4th of July fireworks in alphabetical order:

  • Boyne City
  • Crystal Mountain
  • Elk Rapids
  • Frankfort
  • Mackinac Island
  • Petoskey
  • Torch Lake

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