Fireworks Light Up the Sky in Oakland County

Fireworks on lake with many boats on lake

The Fourth of July is nearly here! All across Oakland County, communities are putting on firework displays in celebration of our country’s Independence Day. Visit Highland for their Red, White and Blues Festival on June 25th and stay for the fireworks, starting at dusk, or celebrate July 4th on the day itself in Holly at Lakeside Park. Wherever you decide to go, grab a blanket, pack a picnic basket, and get ready to shout, “OOH” and “AAH” at any of the many shows in Oakland County.

Visit our “List of Fireworks in Oakland County” page or use the list below to find firework displays:

Clarkston/Independence Township

July 2: Independence Fireworks

Clawson

July 4: Clawson 4th of July Festival

Davisburg

July 8: Oakland County Fair Fireworks

Highland

June 25: Red, White & Blues Festival

Holly

July 4: Holly Fireworks

Huntington Woods

July 1: Huntington Woods Fireworks 

Lake Orion

June 25: Lake Orion Jubilee

Madison Heights

June 26: Festival in the Park

Milford

July 2: Fireworks at Kensington Metropark

Ortonville

July 3: Ortonville Fireworks

Oxford

June 11: Seymour Celebration

Pontiac

June 26: Cars Under the Stars

Rochester Hills

June 29: Festival of the Hills

Royal Oak

June 30: Red Run Golf Course Fireworks

Sylvan Lake

July 3: Oakland County Boat Club Fireworks 

Walled Lake

June 25: Walled Lake Summer Festival

Waterford

July 2: Lake Oakland Fireworks

July 2: Maceday-Lotus Lakes Association Big Bang Fireworks

July 3: Otter Beach Fireworks

July 15: Elizabeth Lake Fireworks

White Lake

July 2: White Lake Fireworks Display

Wixom

June 23: Lite the Nite Fireworks

Wolverine Lake

July 3: Wolverine Lake Tiki Night and Fireworks

Celebrate without Fireworks

A fireworks-free experience around the Fourth of July is well-received by veterans, families with small children, pet owners, and others. There are plenty of ways to celebrate America’s birthday without fireworks:


Do you know of any other firework displays in the Oakland County area? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, contact us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leave a comment below.

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Oakland County Mobile Boat Cleaning Stations Help Prevent Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

Mobile boat cleaning station at park

Oakland County is home to thousands of lakes and rivers our residents use for boating and paddling, fishing, and hunting. These outdoor activities can unintentionally disperse aquatic invasive species (AIS); non-native plants, animals, and other organisms that can harm our local economy, environment and even our health.

In the summer of 2020, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners established the Clean, Drain, Dry, Dispose (CD3) Pilot Program to raise awareness about the dangers of aquatic invasive species and to educate residents about how to help prevent the spread of these species in Oakland County waters.

The CD3 Pilot Program utilizes mobile boat cleaning stations to empower local water enthusiasts to better protect Oakland County waterways. These stations help users to clean, drain and dry their watercraft, and to dispose of any living organisms (plant or animal) that may be clinging to the crafts. With support from Oakland County Parks and Recreation, the pilot program ran for the final weeks of the 2020 boating season, throughout the 2021 season, and just launched for the 2022 season.

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2022 NoHaz Collection Days

Paint being collected at NoHaz event

Let Oakland County’s NoHaz Collection team help you safely dispose of household hazardous materials ranging from pesticides, paints, air fresheners, propane cylinders, cleaning solutions, prescription medicines, and more.

You’d be surprised just how many everyday items are considered hazardous waste. Many of the objects that help us in our daily lives become dangerous when disposed of alongside regular rubbish. Do you have an item you’re unsure about? View lists of accepted and non-accepted materials in the FAQ section of Advantage Oakland’s NoHaz web page, or call the NoHaz Hotline at 248-858-5656.

2022 NoHaz Collection Dates and Locations

Registration links will be posted approximately three weeks prior to each collection event.

All events will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 30

Oakland County Service Center Campus
1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac
Follow signs once on campus

Saturday, June 4

Oxford Middle School
1420 Lakeville Road, Oxford
From M24/Lapeer Road, travel east on Burdick Street

Saturday, July 23

Kensington Church
4640 S, Lapeer Road, Orion Township

Saturday, September 24

Oakland County Service Center Campus
1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac
Follow signs once on campus

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Poison Sumac: Tale of a Toxic Trailside Beauty

red poison sumac

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

As the crisp days of autumn draw near, I increase my explorations of the wondrous world of our wetlands, swamps, and marshlands. They take on a special peaceful splendor in the waning days of summer, especially in the dawn’s early light. The wetland-embracing trails on the wilder side of Oakland County lure me in as surely as honey bees fly to flowers for nectar and pollen. However, this year as in the years before, I will be watchful for and ever wary of one wetland plant in particular. This plant presents a clear and present danger to humans that have the misfortune of making physical contact. Even touching or brushing against any part of this toxic trailside beauty may lead to a world of woe and in some severe cases of exposure, a visit to an emergency department follows.

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Chicory: Queen of the Roadside!

blue chicory blossoms

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

The sultry days of summer are here. Goldfinches flutter over meadows. Dragonflies patrol the sky. Bullfrogs sound off from ponds. Tomatoes ripen on vines.Crickets sing to the night. Rabbits are everywhere. Thunder rumbles. But it’s chicory (Cichorium intybus) that really proclaims that the heat of summer is on.

Chicory is one of our most abundant midsummer flowers but sadly, it also carries the demeaning title of being classified as a weed. I guess that’s technically correct since it’s a non-native plant that grows profusely along many rural roadsides and other areas that have disturbed, well-drained soils that are bathed in full sunshine. However, their beautiful periwinkle blue flowers on spindly stalks make them an unmistakable sign of summer. It’s abundance in mid-August also reminds me summer is at its peak and the season will soon fade away.

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