If snakes, smoke bombs and sparkles don't do it for you, leave it to the professionals and check out the list of 2013 Summer Fireworks in Detroit.
Note: In addition to fireworks, the Metro-Detroit area hosts several events, parades and festivals over the weekends surrounding the July 4th holiday.
When and Where: Wednesday, July 3rd at 10 PM / Fireworks / City of Birmingham at Lincoln Hills Golf Course on West 14 Mile Road.
When and Where: Thursday, July 4th at dusk / 4th of July Fireworks Show / Columbia Middle School Football Field
Entertainment: No Reason will perform.
When and Where: Wednesday, July 3rd at 10 PM / Fireworks / Lake Erie Metropark
Entertainment: Flashback will perform from 6 to 9:30 PM.
Note: Admission is free with an annual pass to the park; but if you arrive after 5 PM, you will be charged a $10 fee for a special event daily vehicle permit.
When and Where: Friday, June 14th at dusk / Fireworks at the Canton Liberty Fest / Heritage Park
Note: The fireworks are part of the Canton Liberty Fest, a three-day event that runs from Thursday, June 13th through Saturday, June 15th and includes live entertainment, a carnival, Zumba Party, 5K and 10K runs, car show, Lumberjack shows, and more.
When and Where: Thursday, July 4th / Fireworks as part of 2013 Independence Fest / Clintonwood Park
Entertainment: Motor City Soul performs at the festival from 8 PM to 10 PM.
Note: The fireworks take place as part of the 2013 Independence Fest that includes a morning parade, live entertainment, a craft show, and carnival rides (7/4 through 7/6).
When: Wednesday, July 3rd; Thursday, July 4th; Friday, July 5th; and Saturday, July 6th
What: Finale Fireworks at the 21st Annual Salute to America
Where: Greenfield Village
Entertainment: The Fireworks Finale is choreographed to cannons and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overature at Greenfield Village's 21st Annual Salute to America.
Note: The event includes food and 19th-century lawn games.
When and Where: Saturday, June 29th at 10 PM / Fireworks / Hudson Mills Metropark
Entertainment: A DJ provides music from 7 to 11 PM.
Note: Admission is free with an annual pass to the park, but if you arrive after 5 PM, you will be charged a $10 special event daily vehicle If you don't have an annual pass, a $10 fee will be charged for a special event vehicle permit.
Grosse Pointe Woods
When and Where: Sunday, June 30th / July 4th Fireworks / Parcells Field
When and Where: Friday, June 28th / Medilodge Fireworks at the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest / Howell High School Complex
Note: The Medilodge Fireworks are part of the three-day Michigan Challenge Balloonfest (June 22nd through June 24th). In addition to balloons, the festival includes stunt kites, sky divers, arts festival, and live entertainment.