Alternative Fourth of July Activities

4 Ways to Mix Things Up this 4th of July Weekend


4th of July is nearly upon us, which means you’ve probably already started to make plans for your (hopefully) long weekend. My guess is your plans involve the grill, some fireworks, and maybe a trip to the lake. While these are all fun and appropriate Independence Day activities, you might want to change things up a bit. If you’re looking for some fun alternatives, here are four ways you can enjoy the weekend in metro Detroit.

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Instead of heading to the beach, go for a hike

The beach on the 4th of July is one of the hottest places to be (literally and figuratively), but if you don’t feel like heading to that hot spot, check out one of the best hiking spots in metro Detroit. It’s a great way to still experience the beauty of the Michigan summer while also finding some peace and quiet.

Skip the burgers, add more color to your plate

Grilling burgers and hot dogs on the 4th of July just sounds right, but if you either need an alternative for family members or want to try something different, a kabob is just as delicious. They are also great for vegetarians or vegans and you can find plenty of scrumptious ingredients at local grocery markets or even at Eastern Market. Not sold on kabobs? I suggest grilling up a homemade pizza.

Listen to great music and devour local eats

The fourth annual Corktown Strut will be taking over downtown Detroit this weekend all the way through Monday. If going to a typical Independence Day festival full of parades and fireworks isn’t your style, the Corktown Strut will showcase some of the best local talent in both the Detroit music and food scene. There’ll be over 50 music acts on six different stages with 12 of the finest restaurants participating in the festivities.

Instead of camping, camp in the backyard

We all know camping is a great activity to do during the Michigan summer, but if you can’t make it out to a campsite this week, try pitching a tent in the backyard. The kids will have fun sleeping under the stars and it’ll make for what seems like a getaway only a couple feet away from home. If you need equipment or gear, be sure to check out Bivouac in Ann Arbor as they have everything you need for camping (backyard or otherwise).

Whatever you decide to do for the Independence Day holiday, be sure to celebrate responsibly. Happy 4th of July, metro Detroit!

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