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Veterans can take advantage of Fireworks-Free Fourth of July at 12 Michigan State Parks

LANSING — For veterans looking for a quieter Fourth of July celebration, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is making 12 state parks fireworks free this year.

“While fireworks are a traditional Fourth of July festivity, some veterans and others prefer a calmer celebration with a little less excitement,” said DNR Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson. “We are pleased to honor our veterans and offer that opportunity in several of our beautiful state parks.”

Taking place from July 3 through July 5, the Fireworks-Free Fourth of July is a partnership between the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and the DNR.

There is no guarantee no fireworks will be set off near the state parks, but officials hope the state parks are far enough away from urban areas that the mood will stay low-key. Aerial fireworks are banned in state parks.

The 12 state parks are:

Bewabic State Park in Iron County

Brighton Recreation Area-Bishop Lake Campground in Livingston County

Cheboygan State Park in Cheboygan County

Craig Lake State Park in Baraga County

Hayes State Park in Lenawee County

Lake Hudson State Park in Lenawee County

Leelanau State Park in Leelanau County

Menominee River State Recreation Area in Dickinson County

Orchard Beach State Park in Manistee County

Rifle River Recreation Area in Ogemaw County

Sleepy Hollow State Park Clinton County

Wells State Park Menominee County

Campground reservations can be made at and all regular camping fees apply.

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