Fireworks-Free Fourth of July offers veterans quieter camping options in select Michigan state parks

Contact: Stephanie Wirtz (DNR), 989-274-6182 or Lauren DeVol (Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency), 517-284-5236
Agency: Natural Resources

Jan. 25, 2016

Roasting hot dogs at a campfireAlthough winter feels like it has just started, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources wants to remind visitors they can make camping reservations in select state parks during this year's Fireworks-Free* Fourth of July. Camping reservations can be made up to six months in advance, and summer is just around the corner.

For the second year in a row, the DNR and the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency have collaborated to offer alternative camping options for those veterans and other visitors, including pet owners, seeking a quieter holiday. These select campgrounds are located farther away from traditional community firework displays.

“We are pleased to help honor our veterans by offering alternative camping options in several of our beautiful state parks,” said DNR Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson. "This is an alternative for anyone seeking a quieter Fourth of July celebration."

The following parks will host Fireworks-Free* Fourth of July, July 2-4: 

*The Michigan Parks and Recreation system cannot guarantee that fireworks will not be set off near the state parks; however, the DNR encourages campers to refrain from setting off fireworks in participating state parks during this special weekend. Aerial fireworks such as Roman candles and bottle rockets are not allowed in Michigan state parks at any time, but small novelty fireworks such as fountain fireworks, sparklers and ground spinners that are typically allowed will be discouraged. 

“We are excited to partner with Michigan state parks to offer veterans and their families a way to enjoy the holiday without worry or stress,” Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes said. "Post-traumatic stress injury, also known as post-traumatic stress disorder, can occur after a person has been through a traumatic event. For some, fireworks and other loud, unexpected noises can trigger intense feelings of stress, fear or anger, and Fireworks-Free Fourth provides an alternative when celebrating our nation’s freedom.”

Learn more about services for Michigan veterans at or call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838).

Join the conversation online and spread the word about Fireworks-Free* Fourth of July with the hashtag #FwF4th. For more information, please contact Stephanie Wirtz (DNR) at 989-274-6182 or Lauren DeVol (MVAA) at 517-284-5236.

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*For parks with campgrounds: Camping reservations can be made up to six months in advance. To check camping availability and make a reservation, please visit or call 1-800-44PARKS (1-800-447-2757).

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to