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
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
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
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
$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
Fourth of July Festival – Clawson
Northville Fourth of July Parade – Northville
July 4 at 10:00 a.m.
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
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!