2017-07-02 / Insight

Celebrating the Fourth

Communities across county to launch fireworks

There’s no shortage of things to do — and fireworks to see — during the Independence Day extended weekend in Lapeer County. No matter where you may be in the county, there are daytime events and nighttime fireworks displays right around the corner. While Otter Lake’s festivities have already passed, several other Lapeer County hamlets and cities will feature fireworks displays unique to them, as well as in many cases, festival atmospheres and parades.

North Branch Days, kicking off Monday, July 3 with a Freedom 5K Glo Run/Walk, will run through the Fourth of July on Tuesday with an 11 a.m. grand parade and a chicken dinner courtesy of the Knights of Columbus. Visitors can head to the ball fields and Banker Street to enjoy Kids Day, which includes inflatables, face painting, llama and pony rides and other activities. As daylight gives way to dusk, North Branch’s fireworks display will begin, firing from the grounds of North Branch High School.

The Hadley Fourth of July celebration annually features nearly 5,000 people and organizers expect Tuesday’s event to be no different. The festivities kick off at 8 a.m. with a 5K walk/ run called “Hadley Run of the Mill” as well as a pancake breakfast at the Old Town Hall. During the day, visitors can enjoy a craft show at the Old Town Hall and a parade — known for its tractors and a giant squirt gun fight — in downtown Hadley beginning at 10 a.m. For those in the Lapeer area, the Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show will be launched from Rolland-Warner Middle School beginning at dusk on Tuesday, and always draws thousands of people.

Fireworks displays outside Lapeer County but nearby include displays on Tuesday in Clio, launched from the Clio City Park, Fenton, fired from Silver Lake Park and St. Clair, launched from Palmer Park in downtown St. Clair at 10 p.m. On July 7-8, fireworks can also be enjoyed during the Seymour Celebration in Oxford, launched from Seymour Lake State Park.

— Nicholas Pugliese

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