Arbor Annie’s Fourth of July Planner

Happy Independence Day! Arbor Annie has all the details to help you plan your day – from parades to fireworks to other activities.

Arbor Annie's Fourth of July Planner

Arbor Annie’s Fourth of July Planner

The day starts early in Ann Arbor with the Firecracker 5K. There is a kids race – and you can still sign up or show up to cheer on the runners.


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For many families, parades are the kick-off to the day. We love the Ann Arbor Jaycees Parade. It has a new route this year, so be sure to check out the details and get our tips for attending. After the parade stop in at the Firefighter’s Spray Park on Maynard and Washtenaw Dairy’s 85th Year Celebration.

Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July Parade - Handing out Candy

There are also parades in Whitmore Lake and Ypsilanti.

It’s scheduled to be another hot day. Cool off at a local pool, water park, or spray ground.  They’re all open on Fourth of July, but can be crowded. Also, be sure to keep an eye on the weather. There’s a chance of scattered thunderstorms again.

11 Places to Get Wet: Ann Arbor Swimming Pools

Fourth of July is the last day for Strawberry picking at Rowe’s. Slow Farm is closed for the weekend. Fresh strawberries would be a great addition to your Fourth of July BBQ.

Ann Arbor Strawberry Picking

If the storms come, movie theaters are a great way to spend time indoors. Quality 16 has their Free Morning Movie – Hotel Transylvania 3 at 10a. Spiderman opened on Tuesday and should be a great choice for tweens & older. We aren’t seeing it until Friday so I don’t have a review to share yet. Toy Story 4 is a good option for all ages.

Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: ™ FAR FROM HOME

Yes, Top of the Park is held on Fourth of July. The KidZone Tent is Independence Day Activities with Harvest Mission Church. Music on the 4th is provided by Brain Plasticity Ukulele Collective, Chris DuPont, Laura Rain & The Caesars, Lady Sunshine & The X-Band. The night ends with Bohemian Rhapsody as the movie.

Ann Arbor 2019 Top of the Park Kids Guide

My favorite way to wrap up the holiday is with Fireworks. Saline Fireworks is the big scheduled fireworks event. I know my neighborhood usually has a couple of groups setting off fireworks which makes an impressive show. I have heard that the Burns Park and Hunt Park neighborhoods usually have people setting off displays.

Ann Arbor Fireworks Displays
Don’t forget to check out our list of What is Open or Closed on July 4th.

What's Open in Ann Arbor on July 4th

Arbor Annie’s Fourth of July Picks

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Date/Time Event
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07/04/2019
8:00am-10:00am
Firecracker 5K & Fun Run
at Main Street Area, Ann Arbor MI
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07/04/2019
10:00am

Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July Parade


at Main Street Area, Ann Arbor MI
The Ann Arbor Jaycees Parade has a new route for 2019!! The Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July Parade will be held at 10a on Saturday, July 4th. The parade starts on State St at Liberty, proceeds north on State to Washington, heads west on Washington to Main, south on Main St...Read More
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07/04/2019
10:00am
Hotel Transylvania 3 - Free Morning Movies
at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
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07/04/2019
10:00am
Whitmore Lake Fourth of July Parade
at Whitmore Lake, Whitmore Lake Michigan
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07/04/2019
11:00am-2:00pm
Washtenaw Dairy's 85th Year Celebration
at Washtenaw Dairy, Ann Arbor Mchigan
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07/04/2019
11:00am
Ypsilanti Fourth of July Parade
at Downtown Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Michigan
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07/04/2019
12:00pm-1:00pm
Firefighter's Spray Park
at Maynard Parking Structure, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/04/2019
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: Harvest Mission Church - Independence Day Activities
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/04/2019
5:00pm-11:00pm
Top of the Park Music
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/04/2019
8:00pm-11:00pm
Fireworks
at Liberty School, Saline Michigan
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07/04/2019
10:00pm-11:59pm
Bohemian Rhapsody: Top of the Park Movie
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

Looking Forward to the Weekend

With the holiday on Thursday, Arbor Annie’s Weekend Picks won’t come out until Friday. In the meantime, here is a start on her picks for the weekend.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Date/Time Event
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07/05/2019
10:00am
Hotel Transylvania 3 - Free Morning Movies
at Quality 16, Ann Arbor MI
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07/05/2019
10:00am-4:00pm

Slime Time


at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
The Hands-On Museum is offering special workshops all summer long. Join them to investigate the states of matter with slime as you make your own Sessions at 10a, 11a, noon, 2p, & 3p
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07/05/2019
2:00pm-3:00pm
Make It in Metal!
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/05/2019
2:00pm-3:00pm
Tic Tac Toe Rocks
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/05/2019
5:00pm-8:00pm
First Friday at the Farm
at The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farms, Ann Arbor MI
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07/05/2019
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: LSNC All Walks of Life: Live Animal Exploration
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/05/2019
5:00pm-11:00pm
Top of the Park Music
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/05/2019
9:30pm
Whitmore Lake Boat Parade of Lights
at Whitmore Lake, Whitmore Lake Michigan

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Date/Time Event
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07/06/2019
9:00am-4:00pm
Booksilanti Readers Fair
at Ypsilanti Freighthouse, Ypsilanti Michigan
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07/06/2019
10:00am-4:00pm

Egg-pollo 11: Moon Lander Engineering


at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
The Hands-On Museum is offering special workshops all summer long. Celebrate the Apollo 11 moon landing by creating a lander for an eggstronaut in a twist on the egg drop challenge. Workshop offered at 10:30a, 11:30a*, 12:30p*, 2p, 3p (*no 11:30a or 12:30p on July 23) This workshop is for...Read More
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07/06/2019
2:00pm-3:00pm
Scratch Off Art
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/06/2019
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: Stories on the Move - Handcrafted Puppets and Story Boxes
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/06/2019
5:00pm-11:00pm
Top of the Park Music
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/06/2019
6:00pm

S'mores


at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
The Hands-On Museum is offering special workshops all summer long. Head to the museum for their special summer hours on Saturday Evenings and make some s'mores. While you make the s'mores learn about energy, chemistry, and why crispy marshmallows are the best (or not). Upcoming AAHOM Add-On Workshops
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07/06/2019
7:00pm-11:00pm
Whitmore Lake Fireworks
at Whitmore Lake, Whitmore Lake Michigan

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Date/Time Event
💙
07/07/2019
10:00am-4:00pm

Slime Time


at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor MI
The Hands-On Museum is offering special workshops all summer long. Join them to investigate the states of matter with slime as you make your own Sessions at 10a, 11a, noon, 2p, & 3p
💙🆓
07/07/2019
2:00pm
CANCELLED - Laughing Dogs & Mother Goose Storytime
at Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/07/2019
2:00pm-3:00pm
Perler Bead Party
at Westgate Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/07/2019
5:00pm-8:00pm
KidZone: Stone School Co-Op Preschool Come Grow With Us
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/07/2019
5:00pm-11:00pm
Top of the Park Music
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan
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07/07/2019
5:30pm
AAFC semi-pro women's soccer game -- help us set a record!
at Saline High School, Saline Michigan
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07/07/2019
6:00pm-8:00pm
Sundays in the Garden: The Tone Farmers
at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, Ypsilanti Michigan
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07/07/2019
10:00pm-11:59pm
The Greatest Showman: Top of the Park Movie
at Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Michigan

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Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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