It’s no surprise that the Fourth of July is going to look a little different this year. But while the big parades and firework shows are postponed to 2021, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day in Traverse City.

Shop Red, White, and Blue at a Farmers Market

There are tons of farmers' markets in northern Michigan, and now is the perfect time to get fresh fruits and veggies. Around July 4, expect to find the summer harvest in full swing with strawberries, raspberries, cucumbers, peas, hoophouse tomatoes, and the first of the cherries. You can also find other delicacies from local bakeries, butchers, cheese artisans, and more.

Vibrant Sunset at the Dunes in Michigan

Watch Nature’s Fireworks

If you haven’t seen a sunset in northern Michigan, you’ve been missing out. The rainbow wash of the sky above a lake or bay is absolutely stunning, and best of all, it’s free! Just bring a blanket and a camera, and you’ll have everything you need.

Enjoy Barbeque to Go

If you’re skipping the big cookout this year, you can still get your BBQ fix from restaurants like the Blue Tractor, Sparks BBQ, and Dickey’s Barbeque Pit. Dine outside or get your meal to go and head to a park or beach for a summery meal.

Eat a Cherry Pie

Don’t miss dessert, especially when it’s a cherry crumb pie from Grand Traverse Pie Co. Stop by their location on Front Street for a whole pie or find their adorable food truck—nicknamed Genevieve—for a slice for the road!

Replace Sparklers with Sparkling Wine

This one is for grown-ups only! Head to MAWBY for a bottle or two of incredible sparkling wine to ring in our country’s birthday. Explore their award-winning array of red, white, and rosé wines, complete with happy bubbles. (If you’re looking for a less carbonated experience, stop by their sister property, Big Little Wines, right next door.)

The Bear Golf Course GTRS

Celebrate on the Course

The beginning of July is peak golf season in TC. The courses are in gorgeous shape and the days are long and beautiful. Many local courses, like Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, have specials running to help you celebrate on the green.

Learn Our History

Celebrating the long weekend with friends and family is fun, but we must also remember and honor those who first called the United States home. The Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center highlights the past and present of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the original inhabitants of northern Michigan. (Please check their hours of operation under COVID-19 before visiting.)