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Get ready for another exciting summer vacation especially when you get ready for a trip up North to Traverse City. Come explore our Michigan home this summer right on the edge of Lake Michigan. The summer season is a great time to visit as the kids are off school for the summer and you can take advantage of long weekends, especially ones that overlap holidays. This summer take advantage of the Fourth of July holiday taking place on a Thursday to give yourself an extended weekend getaway to Traverse City. You will find a variety of patriotic events and summer activities taking place here in the city. Take a look at how to spend the Fourth of July this summer here in Traverse City:

July 4th Fireworks

You cannot think of a Fourth of July celebration without thinking first and foremost about a fireworks show. Most Fourth of July celebrations all over the country come to an end with a fireworks show and Traverse City is no different. What makes a fireworks display in an area such as Traverse City so special is the light reflecting off the lake water.

Come enjoy our Fourth of July Fireworks taking place during the National Cherry Festival each year. Our fireworks demonstration is one you will not want to miss that lights up the night sky and provides a dazzling display seen nowhere else. The Fourth of July Fireworks is a full hour of fireworks fun and kicks off at 10:30 p.m.; with Traverse City being so far North our nights do not start until late in the evening!

The fireworks demonstration is free of charge and is perfect for all ages to see. The best viewing areas are anywhere along the Grand Traverse Bay where you can sit back and enjoy the show. The fireworks display is always a popular event so getting to your viewing area early is ideal. Come see why this fireworks demonstration is the best in the state of Michigan!

National Cherry Festival

Since you will have an extended weekend to enjoy your stay in Traverse City you will have to participate in the largest event of the year: the National Cherry Festival! As the name suggests the festival is all about cherries and is over a week long with daily celebrations to enjoy.

Cherries have become synonymous with Traverse City, and you will see why when this festival attended by millions in the past takes place. The best place to start when enjoying the National Cherry Festival is the main festival grounds that are located at the West Grand Traverse Bay Open Space Park that are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The festival grounds are where you can find various cherry related events taking place.

The Kids Chery Pie Eating Competition is a friendly show where your children will love indulging themselves with delicious cherry pie. There is also a fun run to make sure they can balance the sweets out with a little physical activity! Visitors will also find the Michigan State University Horticultural Research Station nearby that offers 137 acres of farmland for the cherries. The research station has plenty to see inside with educational exhibits, samples of tasty cherries and cherry products, and tours of the farm too.

Head on over to the American Farmland Trust’s Cherry Farm Market where visitors can find all the festival and cherry products they want to take home with them. The Fourth of July has plenty of events lined up at the National Cherry Festival that will make it easy to spend some time before heading to the fireworks in the evening. The Ultimate Air Dogs competition features 100 dog athletes participating in a variety of competitions. X-Golf Traverse City will be hosting a hole-in-one competition that any golf lover in your family will want to join.

Head over to Arnold’s Amusements Midway for classic amusement park rides such as a Ferris Wheel and much more. There will be plenty of midway games too where you can attempt to win cool prizes for the kids. Other activities that the adults may enjoy include the onsite beer garden complete with your favorite craft beer and a corn hole tournament. The National Cherry Festival takes place from June 28th through July 6th so you will have plenty of time to check it out during your Fourth of July stay in the area!

More Fun Right Here in Traverse City

The Fourth of July holiday is the perfect time to finally come and see Traverse City in person. The area is known for beautiful summer fun and the holiday events make it even better. Reserve one of our properties today and come see Traverse City for yourself.