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4th of July fireworks shows: When and where to celebrate the July Fourth holiday

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The 4th of July is just two days away and with America's birthday falling on a Friday this year most people are planning to make the holiday weekend an extended one. Of course it just wouldn't be the 4th without a good barbecue, hanging out with family and friends and of course fireworks!

According to a freep.com report on July 2 fireworks displays from New York to San Diego are scheduled to take place over the next three days and will be viewed by an estimated 4 to 5 million spectators. One of the biggest displays every year is the annual Macy's fireworks in New York. The show will get underway around 9 p.m. ET at the Brooklyn Bridge/East River area. If you are interested in attending the show you can click here for more information.

Locally there are plenty of shows to see here in Michigan. There are four major shows tonight (July 2) hosted by the cities of Crystal, Dearborn, Harrison Township and Hart, Michigan. If you can't make it out tonight or don't live near any of those cities don't worry. Over the next four days, and actually most of the summer, there are a lot of free fireworks displays happening in and around a city close to you.

There are 41 more cities here in the Great Lakes State that plan to have a fireworks show on July 3, while 143 more will join in on the act on the 4th. For a full description and to see when and where a fireworks show will be near you be sure to check out Michiganfireworks.com.

While fireworks are great to watch, they can be dangerous so if you are doing your own always read the directions first and be sure to keep a hose or bucket of water near just in case it's needed.

Have a great 4th of July everyone, and remember to be safe!

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