Fun-filled independence

Hit the road:

In Traverse City, it’s the National Cherry Festival, July 2-9. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels return to West Grand Traverse Bay for three shows, Sat.-Mon. The TC Boom Boom Club’s fireworks display Monday night.,

National Cherry Festival kicks off the weekend in Traverse City until July 9.

In Grand Rapids, a number of events are scheduled throughout the city July 4. A music and entertainment schedule culminates with the Amway Family Fireworks display at 10:30 p.m. Sat., Ah-Nab-Awen Park.

Music and entertainment events are lined up before the Amway Family Fireworks on Saturday.

In Muskegon, the Lakeshore Art Festival and the Rockstock Music Festival runs Fri.-Sat. at Hackley Park.,

In Toledo, Weird Al Yankovich performs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. in the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium concert series. Tickets: $37.50-$65. Zoo summer hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Get outdoors:

Try the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, which include 13 parks throughout southeast Michigan, some beaches, golf courses and water parks, plus the Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center, that follow the Clinton and Huron rivers from Mount Clemens in Macomb County to Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County. Admission: $7 daily, $30 annual, $20 seniors (62-plus).

Local attractions:

Automotive Hall of Fame, 21400 Oakwood, Dearborn, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., Sat. and Sun. Closed Mon. $10 adults, $6 seniors (62-plus) and students 13-18, $4 youth 5-12. Group discounts available. (313) 240-4000,

Belle Isle Aquarium, Open: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Sun. Closed Mon. (313) 331-7760,

Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward, Detroit. Free for members and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Non-residents: $12.50 adults, $8 seniors 62-plus, $7 students, $6 youth age 6-17, free ages 6 and younger and active military. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Sun. Closed Mon. (313) 833-7900,

Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile at Woodward, Royal Oak. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $14 ages 15 and above, $10 ages 2-14, seniors 62-plus and active military with ID, free age 2 and younger.

Fort Wayne, 6325 W. Jefferson, Detroit. Free. Guided walking tours are optional and available for $5 per person. Tours last from 1-1 ½ hours. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Sun. Closed Mon. (313) 628-0796,

Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. $26 adults, 62-plus $23.50, youth 2-12 $19.50, free age 2 and younger. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Mon. (313) 982-6001,

Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. $21 adults, $19 seniors 62-plus, $15.75 ages 3-11 and free under 3. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Sun. and Mon. (313) 982-6001,

Motown Museum, 2648 W. Grand Blvd. Detroit. $15 adults, $10 for seniors, youth $10, and free ages 5 and younger. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Closed Mon. (313) 875-2264,


All displays begin at dusk.


■Indian Springs Metropark, 5200 Indian Trail, White Lake. (248) 625-6640.

Romulus Community Fireworks, Romulus Middle School and Wick Elementary School, Wick and Ozga roads, Romulus.(734) 942-7540.

■Sibley Park, 48900 Pontiac Trail, Wixom.


Freedom Fireworks at Addison Oaks County Park, 1480 W. Romeo, Leonard.$10 per vehicle after noon, free with annual permit. (248) 693-2432.

Hazel Park Raceway Fireworks, 1650 E. 10 Mile, Hazel Park. (248) 398-1000.

■Lake St. Clair Metropark, Fri. 31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township. (586) 463-4581.


Grosse Pointe Farms Regatta and Fireworks, Pier Park, 350 Lake Shore, Grosse Pointe Farms. (313) 885-6600, Grosse Pointe Farms City Hall.

■Freedom Fireworks at Groveland Oaks Park, 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly, $10 per vehicle after 5 p.m. (248) 634-9811.

Lake Orion Fourth of July Fireworks, Green’s Park, 100 S. Park, Lake Orion, $6 single day pass. (248) 343-2215.

■Whitmore Lake Fireworks, Whitmore Lake, 9725 Main. (734) 449-2880.

■White Lake Fireworks, White Lake, Highland Township. (231) 893-4585.


A multitude of Metro Detroit cities are ready to light up the sky with colorful firework displays.

Birmingham Fireworks Show, Lincoln Hills Golf Course, Lincoln and Cranbrook. (248) 530-1900.

Manchester Fireworks Display, Carr Park, 600 W. Main, Manchester, (734) 904-2658.

Plymouth Township Fireworks, Township Park, 46640 Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth. (734) 453-3840.

■Sylvan Lake Fireworks, Sylvan Lake, near Oakland County Boat Club, 2330 Ferndale, Sylvan Lake. (248) 682-9870.

■Willow Metropark, 23200 S. Huron, New Boston. (734) 697-9181.

Wolverine Lake Tiki Night and Fireworks, Wolverine Lake. (248) 624-1710.


■Clintonwood Park, 6000 Clarkston, Village of Clarkston.

Clawson City Park, 935 N. Custer, Clawson, $2 per person. (248)589-0334.

Gibraltar July Fourth Festival and Fireworks, behind Parsons Elementary School, 14473 Middle Gibraltar, Gibraltar. (734) 671-1466.

Huntington Woods Fireworks, Rackham Golf Course, 10100 W. 10 Mile, Huntington Woods. (248) 541-4300.

Independence Fest in Clarkston, Clintonwood Park, 6000 Clarkston, Clarkston, parking, $5 before 6 p.m., $10 after 6 p.m. (248) 625-8223.

Adventure Parks

Cedar Point, an amusement park with 17 roller coasters and a water park, on a narrow peninsula in Lake Erie, just outside of Sandusky, Ohio. Fireworks every night, July 1-4. Park admission, $39.99 each for four or more.

From Friday to Independence Day, Cedar Point ends each night with fireworks.

Michigan’s Adventure, an amusement and water park, featuring more than 60 rides including the Shivering Timbers, one of the world’s top-ranked wooden roller coasters, outside Muskegon. Tickets: $31.