Safety Tips for a Fun 4th of July Weekend
Due to COVID-19, many cities and towns in West Michigan are not lighting off fireworks. For example, Kollen Park in Holland postponed their firework show on June 17, 2020.
Other west Michigan cancellations include:
Baroda Township fireworks
St. Joseph fireworks
Marshall Fourth of July Celebration
Schoolcraft Fourth of July parade and fireworks
Ada Township Fourth of July events
Cascade Township Fourth of July Festivities
Grand Rapids fireworks
Lakewood Club fireworks
Muskegon Rockstock fireworks
Hesperia Family Fun Fest and fireworks
Grand Haven fireworks
South Haven fireworks
Manistee National Forest Festival
Hamlin Lake fireworks
Ludington’s Freedom Festival
However, it is important to mention areas where the fireworks are still taking place!
- July 3; 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM FireRock Fireworks in Caledonia
- July 3; Green Lake Boat Parade and Fireworks in Caledonia
- July 4; 10:30 PM – dusk Dorr’s 4th of July Celebration: Parade and Fireworks
- July 4; 10:45 PM Camp Lake Association Fireworks and Boat Parade
- July 4; Caledonia Township Fireworks
- July 4, Allendale 4th of July Fireworks
- July 4, Silver Lake Fireworks: Thunder over the Dunes
Check out any of these seven places to catch the fireworks. However, if you chose to stay home and light off your own fireworks, it is important to remember a few important tips on having a safe and fun Fourth of July, according to FEMA.
Remember, in Michigan, it is illegal to light fireworks on public property, such as schools, churches, or the property of another person without permission. Those who violate this law can be subject to a $500.00 fine. Fireworks are permitted from June 29 at 11:00 AM until July 4th at 11:45 PM. Those who violate the ordinance created by a community will receive a fine of $1,000.00 fine.
- Be sure all fireworks at legal in your area before using or buying them.
- Always have an adult supervision. Fireworks are dangerous so never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Sparklers alone account for 1/4 of the emergency room firework injuries.
- If you set off fireworks, have a bucket of water handing in case malfunction.
- If a firework malfunctions, don’t relight it! Douse it in water then throw it away.
- Never ignite a firework in a container, especially glass or metal.
- When cooking on your grill for all guests, keep it away from deck railings and your home. Away from branches and overhangs.
- Open your gas grill before lighting.
- Periodically, remove grease or build up from the trays of the grill to prevent the grill from catching fire.
- Keep pets at least three feet away from the grill. Create a “pet free safe zone”.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing while igniting fireworks and cooking on a grill.
Now some of these may be no-brainers but they are equally as important to remember. We hope everyone has a fantastic holiday weekend with friends and family.