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Celebrate the 4th of July in Ann Arbor

As Independence Day approaches, Ann Arbor is gearing up for many events to celebrate the 4th of July. From parades and pool days to races and fireworks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here’s a guide to the key events happening around town.

1. Attend the 4th of July Parade

Where: Washington St, William St, Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
When: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Presented By: Ann Arbor Junior Chamber
Date: July 4, 2024

The Fourth of July Parade, hosted by the Ann Arbor Jaycees, returns to Downtown Ann Arbor in 2024. Thousands of people usually show up yearly to see the parade’s floats and groups, including community groups, government leaders, representatives, bands, and clowns.

2. Spend The Day at the Pool 

Spend the holiday weekend and beyond at Ann Arbor’s outdoor pools. For details about each pool and to plan your trip visit Fuller Park Pool, Buhr Park Pool, and Veterans Memorial Park Pool pages. Additionally, on Thursday, July 4, the Veterans Memorial Park pool will host open swimming from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. for your enjoyment.

3. Run the Firecracker 5K

The annual Firecracker 5K kicks off at 8:00 AM on Thursday, July 4. The race offers the Firecracker 5K, a 1-Mile Fun Run, and the Kids’ 200-Meter Dash. There is also a hot dog-eating division and a flag-carrying division. Anyone interested can register or learn more online.

4. Shop 4th of July Sales

The 4th of July is a great time to shop for appliances, household items, gardening supplies, and outdoor gear. Big chains and stores at Briarwood Mall often have big appliance sales around the 4th of July. 

Here are some local sales to check out:

  • Bivouac – Ann Arbor: Up to 50% off select items. Through 4th of July Week and Weekend.
  • Turners – Ann Arbor: Sale Week of 4th of July and the Week after. 
    • Buy One Get One Free: Perennial grasses and daylilies 
    • 25% off all annuals 
    • 25% off Spirea, Magnolia, Weeping trees, Dapples willow, hicks yew b&b, and ornamental potted trees
    • 35% off Rhododendron

5. See Fireworks!

Celebrate with fireworks at various locations:

In the past, the Burns Park and Hunt Park neighborhoods have also had great fireworks displays, usually organized by residents, though these are not publicly announced.

Check out the Ann Arbor Observer calendar for more 4th of July events. Gather your family and friends, and take part in the 4th of July festivities!

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