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2017 Michigan Fireworks Free 4th of July at Select State Parks

  • Synopsis: Published: 2017-06-29 (Revised/Updated 2017-10-19) - Fireworks-Free Fourth of July provides veterans quieter camping options in several Michigan state parks - Michigan Department of Natural Resources (

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Quote: "Michigan Fireworks Free Fourth provides an alternative when celebrating our nation's freedom."

The DNR and the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency have collaborated to offer Michigan Fireworks-Free 4th of July alternative camping options for veterans and other visitors, including pet owners, seeking a quieter holiday July 1-4, 2017. These selected campgrounds are located farther away from traditional community firework displays.

The following parks will host Michigan Fireworks-Free Fourth of July, July 1-4:

  • Bewabic State Park (Iron County)
  • Hayes State Park (Lenawee County)
  • Wells State Park (Menominee County)
  • Craig Lake State Park (Baraga County)
  • Leelanau State Park (Leelanau County)
  • Cheboygan State Park (Cheboygan County)
  • Sleepy Hollow State Park (Clinton County)
  • Rifle River Recreation Area (Ogemaw County)
  • Tippy Dam Recreation Area (Manistee County)
  • Lake Hudson Recreation Area (Lenawee County)
  • Brighton Recreation Area-Bishop Lake Campground (Livingston County)

Camping reservations can be made up to six months in advance, which means that the window to reserve these campsites is already here.

The DNR cannot guarantee that fireworks will not be set off near the Michigan state parks.

In December 2011, Governor Rick Snyder signed P.A. 256 of 2011, Michigan Fireworks Safety Act, which allows the sale and use of consumer-grade fireworks in Michigan.

Aerial fireworks such as Roman candles and bottle rockets are not allowed in Michigan state parks at any time, but small, low-impact fireworks such as fountain fireworks, sparklers and ground spinners are allowed.

LARA/Bureau of Fire Services are responsible for administering and enforcing the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act and General Safety rules to ensure retail locations throughout Michigan comply with nationally accepted standards for the sale of consumer and low-impact fireworks.

To check camping availability and make a reservation, visit or call 1-800-44PARKS (1-800-447-2757).

The Fourth of July: Fireworks, Family, Free of Misfortune

FEMA have released the following fireworks safety information:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging families to plan ahead to enjoy a safe Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Hazards commonly associated with this holiday include extreme heat, fires and injuries due to fireworks and outdoor cooking. In fact, studies show that more than 200 people on average go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries during this time of year.

"The 4th of July is a time to enjoy family and friends, fireworks and celebrate America's Independence," said FEMA Administrator Brock Long. "We encourage everyone to take a moment to review your household safety plan and talk with your family about the best ways to ensure the 4th of July remains a fun occasion for all."

Some simple safety tips include:

  • Have a plan when attending large gatherings, to ensure you know where to meet up if you get separated from friends or family;
  • Attend public fireworks displays and leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals;
  • Enjoy outdoor celebrations and cookouts, but remember to keep a three-foot "safety zone" around grills and campfires;
  • Monitor the weather; download the FEMA App to receive weather alerts for areas you'll be visiting.
  • Drink plenty of water - even if you don't feel thirsty;
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles;
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who don't have air-conditioning and spend much of their time alone.

There are plenty of resources available online for additional safety information.

The FEMA App (available in English and Spanish) connects people to disaster resources and safety tips for more than 25 natural and man-made hazards. The app allows users to receive National Weather Service alerts for up to five locations, provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies; help with family communication plans, and maps of open shelters and recovery centers.

FEMA's program, "You Are the Help Until Help Arrives," offers training to empower people to take action in emergency situations and provide lifesaving care before professional assistance arrives. Since its launch in February 2017, more than 20,000 people have taken the training. The program is a result of interagency collaboration, spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and its Medical Reserve Corps, the Uniformed Services University's National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, and FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division. Visit to learn more.

Finally, other heat safety and fireworks safety tips can be found at and

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