Non-Firework Fourth of July Festivities

Here’s a handy guide of non-firework festivities for this holiday weekend to tire out your sweet toddler with the hopes they’ll sleep right through the fireworks.

Fourth of July + Night = Fireworks.

Fireworks + Sleeping Toddler = Nightmare



Salute to America at Greenfield Village – Dearborn

June 30-July 3

6:00-10:00 p.m.

Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn

Picnic games, activities for the kiddies, and of course, Detroit Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with authentic cannon fire and fireworks.

Free with Village admission: $26.00 (ages 13 and up), $19.50 (ages5-12), free for four and under, $6.00 parking


Stars and Stripes Festival –  Sterling Heights

June 30-July 1 at the Freedom Hill Ampitheater
Petting zoo, arts and crafts, BMX stunt show and carnival
Free admission, some events cost extra

Independence Day Celebration at the Troy Aquatic Center – Troy

July 2

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

3425 Civic Center Drive, Troy, MI

$10.00 for a day pass, $5.00 after five – military, police or fire are free!


Ann Arbor Summer Festival – Downtown Ann Arbor 

This three week long celebration wraps up July 1-3 and offers concerts, movies, a kidzone and all sorts of other activities.
Some events are free and some cost money, see the website for more details.

Free First Friday at Cranbrook Institute of Science – Bloomfield Hills

July 1, 2016

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 

Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills

After 5:00 p.m., families can explore the cafe, conservatory, bat or planetarium show



Michigan Rib Fest – Pontiac

July 1-4 at the M-1 Concourse

Live bands, pig races, monster truck rides. bounce houses, kid zone, face painting and more

$3.00 before 3pm
$5.00 after 3pm

Gibraltar July Fourth Festival and Fireworks – Gibraltar

July 3- July 4 Noon – 10:00 p.m.

Gibraltar Community Center Field area, 29340 S. Gibraltar Road

This two day event includes a petting zoo and carnival

Free Admission, parking is $3.00 and rides cost more 


2016 Independence Day Parade – Clarkston  

July 4  at 10:00 a.m.   
Downtown Clarkston – Starts at St. Daniel Church and ends at the Clarkston United Methodist
ChurchTheme for 2016 is:  “Land of the FREE, because of the BRAVE.”


Fourth of July Festival – Clawson 

July 3- July 4 at 10:00 a.m.
Downtown Clawson
Arts and crafts fair, bands, Midway games and rides both days. On the Fourth, there’s a pancake breakfast, mile run and a parade.
$2.00 entry fee

Northville Fourth of July Parade – Northville

July 4 at 10:00 a.m. 

Downtown Northville.

This year’s theme is “Cheers for Team USA.” Also includes vintage cars, bike parade, pet parade and more! 



Wyandotte Independence Day Parade – Wyandotte

July 4 at 10:00 a.m.

Runs along Biddle Avenue from Ford Avenue (Northline) to Eureka



Ford Free FunDay at the Michigan Science Center – Detroit

July 4

10:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to explore the science center with the family!

Free general admission


If we missed a non-firework event let us know! We love hearing from YOU! 



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