The big event in southeastern Michigan is of course the International Freedom Festival, which will be held tonight (Wed. 6/27). This event features a huge fireworks over the Detroit River, which celebrates the U.S.'s Fourth of July (Detroit, Michigan) and Canada's Canada Day (Windsor, Ontario).
My family enjoys the fireworks display a little closer to home. We take the short scenic drive from Chelsea to Manchester, Michigan to see the fireworks at Carr Park. We went last year, and despite the rain, we had a very nice and relaxing time. Here are the details:
Leslie's insider tips for fireworks outings:
- Get there early and bring what you need to be comfortable walking and sitting for quite some time.
- Bring bug spray
- Go to the Dollar Store and buy the kids some glow sticks. You can buy them at the event, but they are pretty pricey.
- Bring a plastic grocery bag to put trash in.
- If you arrive early enough to get a good spot, there will be quite a bit of waiting til dark. Bring a book, magazine or playing cards.
- Use the potty BEFORE you need to. The lines get crazy.
- Bring a flashlight. It's hard to find all your stuff when it gets dark!
- Pack light. Remember you have to carry everything back to the car when you're tired and it's crowded.
- Don't bother looking for a parking spot close to the display. Look for a parking spot that will allow you easy access OUT.