Ann Arbor Area Celebrates the 4th of July

Ann Arbor Celebrates 4th of July

  • The Ann Arbor 4th of July Parade: Always sponsored by the Ann Arbor Jaycees, begins 11 a.m., Sunday. The parade will begin at State, Liberty, Main, and William Streets in Downtown Ann Arbor. As part of the parade there will be a  Patriotic Bike Decoration Contest for children under the age 12.
  • The Ypsilanti Independence Parade, is sponsored by American Legion Post 282 & Ypsilanti Jaycees. The Ypsilanti Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday. The parade begins at Cross Street at Wallace, and travels down Cross to Rice Street in Depot Town.
  • A short drive from Ann Arbor is the Whitmore Lake 4th of July festivities.  The day begins with the Thunder Road Car Show & Cruise. The Independence Day Parade, “The Eagle Has Landed,” features local bands, merchants, and floats.Beginning at 7:00 in the evening the ski show starts followed by the Parade of Lights, where thousands gather on the lakefront to see decorated boats float by in their glory. The fireworks display in Whitmore Lake begins after dusk.
  • The Sunrise Senior Living Center are holding a carnival on the 4th of July Carnival at Sunrise Senior Living, 1901 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor. Beginning at Noon and ending today. The event a the Sunrise Center is free for anyone who wants to come celebrate the holiday with residents at Sunrise. The carnival will have games, prizes, food, and entertainment. For information, call 734-741-9500.
  • Irish Hills on Devils Lake also has an annual 4th of July fireworks. Beginning after dark, a large barge is brought out the the sand bar where the fireworks are shot off. The last few years this is where we have been.  The show is well worth the drive as it is long and some of the best displays I have ever seen.
  • Dexter, Michigan begins its celebration with a concert at the Hudson Mills Park at 7:00.  The fireworks begin at 10 or after dark. This is a hugely popular event so you need to plan to leave early so you are not sitting in traffic for the fireworks.

Regardless of where you celebrate the 4th of July, take a moment to reflect on the big “why’ of why we celebrate. We celebrate the birthday of our Great Nation where a few men and an entire nation broke the chains of bondage and birthed One Nation, Under God, Indivisible with Liberty and Justice for all.

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