• The DNR and the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency are highlighting quieter camping options over the Fourth of July. Veterans, pet owners and other visitors can find camping options situated in campground locations that are farther away from traditional fireworks displays.

    The idea came to the DNR from a veteran whose own combat experience helped him understand how fireworks and other loud noises could stir up past memories. Approximately 12 percent of all veterans experience PTSD and may wish to avoid certain activities. 

    Aerial fireworks are always banned in state parks, so please abide by these regulations to help us accomplish our goal of providing an honorable and comfortable celebration for our veterans and other campers.The DNR cannot guarantee that fireworks will not be set off near the state parks. Aerial fireworks such as Roman candles and bottle rockets are not allowed in Michigan state parks at any time; however, smaller novelty fireworks such as fountains, sparklers and ground spinners are still permitted.

    Camping reservations can be made up to six months in advance. To make a reservation, visit MiDNRReservations.com or call 1-800-44PARKS (1-800-447-2757).

    Visit the MichiganVeterans.com to learn about resources, services and benefits for veterans and their families.