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Accessible State Recreation
Fireworks Free Fourth of July
The Department of Natural Resources and MVAA have collaborated to offer alternative camping options for veterans and other visitors seeking a quieter holiday. Select campgrounds located farther away from traditional community firework displays typically participate in this event.
Although 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.
Free State Park Access
Medal of Honor Recipients, 100 percent disabled veterans and ex-prisoners of war receive free entry into facilities requiring a Recreation Passport. These veterans must have the specialty license plate designation in order to gain access.
Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Disabled veterans can receive hunting and fishing licenses for free. To be eligible, a veteran must be deemed totally and permanently disabled or individually unemployable by the VA. When applying for the license, the veteran must present documented proof of their disabled veteran status. In addition, veterans should carry such proof when using the license.
Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors
The mission of this collaborative partnership is to provide outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities to wounded veterans and individuals with health challenges and coordinate a support network that facilitates their recovery through connecting with nature. MiOFO activities are centered around DNR-managed Sharonville State Game Area and the neighboring Camp Liberty property. The partners in this effort include the Department of Natural Resources, Camp Liberty, Brain Injury Association, Zero-Day, the Passing Along The Heritage Foundation, the Eisenhower Center, Safari Club International Foundation, Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and others.