There are lots of fun activities planned for this year’s Fourth of July in Livingston County.
If you are planning to celebrate the holiday at home, be aware of the rules surrounding fireworks, and please be a good neighbor, mindful of those in your neighborhood who may not share enthusiasm for the sound of explosions, including military veterans and dogs.
The Michigan Fireworks Safety Act allows that legally purchased fireworks can be set off between 8 a.m. and midnight on the day before, the day of, and the day after national holidays by persons over 18 and not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Communities can set ordinances that are more restrictive. Check with your local city or township to learn whether other restrictions have been set by your community.
Kensington Metropark (Friday, June 29)
Fireworks at Kensington Metropark, 4750 Huron River Parkway in Milford, has been a tradition for years! The fireworks show on Friday, June 29, provides a safe and exciting way to celebrate our nation’s birthday, while enjoying the natural beauty of Kensington.
Food vendors will be open at 5 p.m. A DJ will provide entertainment beginning at 7 p.m., and the fireworks will begin at dusk which is bout 10 p.m.
A Metroparks vehicle permit is required to enter, and is only $35 annually for regular admission, $21 annually for seniors or $10 daily.
The 12th Annual Hungry Duck Half Marathon and 5K hosts three races this year. The half marathon will begin at 7 a.m., the 5K at 7:15 a.m., and the Duckling Dash (for children age 10 and under) will start at 9:30 a.m. The races will take place on St. Paul Street, east of Grand River Avenue.
Immediately following the Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club’s Duck Race raffle will be the Independence Day parade at 10 a.m. The parade route goes through downtown from the church on Main Street, to wind up at Brighton High School.
Oak Grove United Methodist Church is serving a pancake breakfast from 7-9:30 a.m. They will be accepting donations. Michigan’s State Troopador and Cohoctah’s own Neil Woodward will be performing from 8-9 a.m.
Family Events will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will include a craft show, free bounce house, cotton candy, face painting, kids zone, petting zoo, pony rides, decorated bike contest, and a photo booth. There will also be a silent auction to benefit Meals on Wheels. In addition, a DJ from Mobile Rhythm Entertainment and Barry Manilow impersonator will perform from 9-10 a.m.
The roads will close by 10 a.m. and the 29th annual parade will start at 11 a.m. Fred Buckner will be the grand marshal. The parade will move through town, turns around, and goes back.
Calvary Bible Church will have a pig roast on Elm Street after the parade and family events. They will be accepting donations.
First Baptist Church of Fowlerville at 214 S. Grand Ave. will be hosting family events that are fun for all ages. These include a bounce house, games, live DJ (who will be taking requests all day), face paintings, and a car show. Registration for the car show begins at 2 p.m. and all events run 3-6 p.m.
The parade through downtown begins at 7 p.m.
United Brethren Church, 9300 W. Grand River Ave., will host a family picnic open to the public with food, live entertainment, games, bounce houses, and face painting, beginning at 8 p.m. or when the parade ends.
The fireworks show will begin at 10 p.m. or dusk.
Carrie Holmes and the Modern Day Drifters will be performing at Community Park at 8 p.m. until the fireworks.
• Saturday, June 30
Fireworks start at 10 p..m — no alcohol is allowed.
The Red, White & Blue Color Run 5K/10K race will be held at 8877 Main Street or Whitmore Lake Middle School. Registration and packet pick up will begin at 7 a.m. The 10K race begins at 8 a.m., the 5K at 8:15 a.m., and awards and prizes will be presented at 10:15 a.m. Awards will be given to top overall male and female finishers. Prizes will also we awarded to the top three finishers in each age group (14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & Over). All proceeds will be put toward scholarships for the graduating WLHS seniors.
• Wednesday, July 4th
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Barker Road and will proceed down Main Street, finishing at the Public Safety building.
The Root Beer Float Social at Northfield Township Community Center will provide free root beer floats at noon.
Banana Split Eating Contest begins at 3 p.m. Contestants can sign up from 2-3 p.m. on July 4th and space is limited.
Boat Parade of Lights will launch at 9:50 p.m. Contestants can decorate their boats for free and line up in front of Mac’s Marina at 9:30 p.m.
Southwest Church of the Nazarene will hold a service under at tent in the park at 10 a.m., along with early chicken barbecue chicken sales, sold in the township office entryway.
Participants will line up on the northwest side of town (as directed by others) for the parade at 10 a.m. and must be in line by 11:30 a.m. The parade will process at noon sharp. Gordie Kunzelman is emcee. Jan and Mike Sheehan are the grand marshals, with Heidi Raus performing the National Anthem.
Cloggers will perform in front of the Unadilla Township Fire Department at 11:30 a.m. before the parade.
Judging for the kids’ bicycle decorating contest (ages 3-12) will begin at 11:45 a.m. at M-106/Stonehouse Road.
The Unadilla Firefighters Famous Chicken Barbecue dinner sales at are 1 p.m. Also at 1 p.m., the Fourth of July Committee’s “Cathy’s Famous Bake Sale” will be held at the township offices entrance, Boyer the Magic Guy will be roaming the grounds performing balloon twisting, and there will be and assortment of vendors an activities until 3pm. These will be located in the park, at the playground, and on Webb Street and include three bounce houses, penny hunt, kids crafts and games. The pie eating contest on Webb Street will also begin at 1:30pm.
The comedy magic show by Boyer the Magic Guy will take place at 2 p.m. under the tent in the park.
A survival flight helicopter landing will begin at 2:45 p.m. in the field.
The Renegades Band will also be playing from 5:30 p.m. until dusk.
Fireworks will go off at 10 p.m. (dusk) with parking available in the ball field. All donations support the Gregory 4th of July Celebration.