Nothing can beat spending the week of the Fourth of July in Traverse City, thanks to the countless events that are approaching in and around the area. In fact, the real challenge will be trying to complete everything on your bucket list for America’s birthday. Let’s explore some of the Fourth of July happenings in Traverse City to celebrate our nation’s independence. Below is a list of 2022 events, while some of these may happen again in 2023, it's always best to check back for details. 

The main attraction in Traverse City during early July is the National Cherry Festival. It spans from July 2nd to July 9th and is all about celebrating and promoting cherries, community involvement, and the Grand Traverse region. On the Fourth, you’ll be able to catch some rides at Arnold’s Amusements Midway, grab a refreshing drink at the Beer Tent, take your little ones to the Kid’s Club, and close out your holiday by watching the National Cherry Festival fireworks display over West Grand Traverse Bay after sunset.

Looking to get your boogie on? For live music enthusiasts, Collective Soul and TESLA will be playing at the Bayside Music Stage at 6 pm on July 4th. Tickets can be purchased online at  

National Cherry Festival

Embark on a National Cherry Festival Orchard Tour. There will be educational exhibits, samples of cherry products, and tours of an MSU research farm. The Orchard Tours will run from July 4th to July 8th and the shuttle to the farm will depart every half an hour from Traverse City Tourism during the hours of 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Crystal Mountain is hosting their Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration from July 1st-4th. The four-day celebration entails family crafts, chairlift rides, live music, campfires, lawn games, a 5k run, a golf scramble, a bike and golf cart parade, and all of the other fun amenities that Crystal Mountain has to offer.  

If you already have an action-packed day planned for the Fourth of July, check out the Great American Picnic on July 3rd at the Hagerty Center. The whole family can enjoy cherry-themed picnic food while watching the U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform over West Bay and joining in on outdoor games. 

Blue Angels over TC

For those who are looking to get active on Independence Day, register for the Firecracker 5k Run. The race is held in Beulah Park with views of Crystal Lake at the start and finish of the course. 

Trying to escape the hustle and bustle of Downtown Traverse City but don’t want to miss the firework show? Head over to the lawn of the Marina at Bay Front of Haserot Park to see the Northport fireworks on the evening of the Fourth.  

Experience Frankfort in all its red, white, and blue glory by attending the 2022 Frankfort July 4th Parade and enjoying the rides and games at the Frankfort 4th of July Carnival. The carnival will be in action from June 30th-July 4th and the parade commences at 10:00 AM on the Fourth. Close out the holiday at dusk while watching the Frankfort Fireworks show. Be sure to pick up a pair of 3-D glasses at the Frankfort Elberta Chamber of Commerce and on the beach for only $1 a pair. 

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No matter how you choose to spend your Independence Day in beautiful northern Michigan, you're guaranteed to have an unforgettable time! Happy Fourth of July.