Fireworks-free parks announced for Independence Day

LANSING — Veterans looking for a quiet Independence Day weekend this July will have several options.

The Department of Natural Resources is teaming up with the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency to offer Fireworks–Free Fourth of July celebrations at twelve state parks, including four here in the U.P. Craig Lake, Bewabic, and Wells State Parks, as well as the Menominee River State Recreation Area, are among those listed as quieter options for those who may be affected by post traumatic stress injury or are otherwise sensitive to the noise of fireworks celebrations.

The idea came from a conversation with a veteran who noted how fireworks and other loud noises could bring up distressing memories from military experiences. to find out how you can reserve a campsite at these or any other Michigan State Parks.

Below is the DNR’s list of parks celebrating Independence Day without fireworks this year:

  • Bewabic State Park (Iron County)
  • Brighton Recreation Area-Bishop Lake Campground (Livingston County)
  • Cheboygan State Park (Cheboygan County)
  • Craig Lake State Park (Baraga County)
  • Hayes State Park (Lenawee County)
  • Lake Hudson State Park (Lenawee County)
  • Leelanau State Park (Leelanau County)
  • Menominee River State Recreation Area (Dickinson County)
  • Orchard Beach State Park (Manistee County)
  • Rifle River Recreation Area (Ogemaw County)
  • Sleepy Hollow State Park (Clinton County)
  • Wells State Park (Menominee County)