Family-friendly ways to enjoy the Fourth of July without fireworks

Clawson City Park celebration canceled due to COVID-19
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Posted at 5:29 AM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-04 09:20:56-04

CLAWSON, Mich. (WXYZ) — This year, most public firework shows in metro Detroit are off due to COVID-19, like the one normally held at Clawson City Park.

If you live in metro Detroit, you know Clawson is usually a go-to for the Fourth of July, with celebrations starting the week before.

“We start out with a parade in the morning, we have a little carnival at the park, arts and crafts throughout the day and then of course we end with a tremendous fire works show," said Chief Scott Sarvello of the Clawson Police Department.
“None of that is happening unfortunately.”

Due to COVID-19, the highly anticipated celebration is a no-go, a disappointment for Chief Sarvello.

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“There’s going to be a lot of people having big parties at their house with family and friends. We just hope that they do it safely," the chief said.

And what many people consider a safer alternative to larger fireworks has the potential to be anything but, especially for kids.

“They actually burn at about 1200 degrees, which is about twice what your normal electric stove is on high," said Clawson Fire Marshal John Ruthenbeck.

But there’s plenty of ways to enjoy the Fourth — firework free too, especially for families with kids.

“Glow sticks that are chemically enhanced," said Clawson Fire Chief Troy Engel. “And they’re great fun in the dark. You can put them on a piece of string and swing them around a little bit. Just don’t hit your siblings in the head.”

You can also opt for noise makers, red white and blue silly string or host an outdoor movie night in the backyard.

If you are choosing to celebrate with a bang, remember:

  • Only light off fireworks that are legal in Michigan.
  • Keep at least a 25 foot distance from the firework, yourself, and property.
  • Be courteous to your neighbors, especially veterans or people living with pets.
  • Fireworks and alcohol never mix.

“Fireworks are fun, you just need to be cautious and respect them," said Engel.

On the Fourth, you can set off fireworks through 11:45 p.m. After that, you’re facing a possible fine.

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