Swimming Under the Oakland County Sun

Inflatable playground in lake at Holly Recreation Area

Oakland County is home to a huge variety of perfect swimming spots to cool off during the hot summer weather. Plenty of parks are lakeside and house beautiful beaches, such as Groveland Oaks County Park in Holly or Independence Oaks County Park in Clarkston.

If you prefer pools, you can find a pool at Waterford Oaks Waterpark in Waterford or Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights. If you are looking for adventure, you can find splash pads and water obstacles at Normandy Oaks Park in Royal Oak and the WhoaZone at Heron Beach in Holly.

Being out on the water is one of the best parts of summer, but it is vitally important to stay safe while you are swimming. Take a look at these swimming safety tips before taking a dip in your favorite lake or pool.

To find a beach, swimming pool, splash pad, or waterpark near you, check out our our recently updated interactive map or list below.

Interactive Map

Swimming Spots in Oakland County map with a search bar and icons for beaches, pools, splash pads, and waterparks. A picture of Red Oaks Waterpark waterslide and wave pool with text below that states, Stay cools this summer at one of the many public outdoor swimming spots in Oakland County! From water-parks and splash pads to public access lakes and beaches, you can find summer fun in the water and sun near you.

List of Swimming Spots

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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
July 2: Lake Orion Fireworks

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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Memorial Day Events in Oakland County

American Flag

Take time this Memorial Day weekend to honor the lives of those who sacrificed everything for our freedom. Use our list of Memorial Day 2022 observances and pay tribute at a parade, ceremony, or service near you. From Troy to Holly and Waterford to Ferndale, there’s an activity to help Oakland County remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom.

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Swimming Under the Oakland County Sun

Inflatable playground in lake at Holly Recreation Area

Oakland County is home to a huge variety of perfect swimming spots where we can cool off during the hot summer weather. Plenty of parks lay lakeside and house beautiful beaches, such as Groveland Oaks County Park in Holly or Independence Oaks County Park in Clarkston. If you prefer pools, you can find a pool at Civic Center Park in Southfield or the Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights. If you do like the sand, and are looking for adventure, you can find splash pads and water obstacles at the WhoaZone at Heron Beach in Holly or the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake. 

For a complete list of swimming spots across Oakland County, visit our master list using the button below.

List of Swimming Spots in Oakland County

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