Holiday happenings: Spend July 4 in the Ann Arbor parks


Looking for something fun to do around town on Independence Day? Swim in the city’s outdoor pools at Buhr, Fuller and Veterans Memorial parks. For location information, hours of operation, pricing and more visit

The Ann Arbor Skatepark at Veterans Memorial Park and the canoe liveries at Argo and Gallup are all open on Independence Day.

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market will be open 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 — the perfect spot to pick up fresh, local ingredients for the holiday picnic. Visit the monthly food truck rally at the market the following week, Wednesday, July 11, 5- 8 p.m. And don’t forget about golf. Play a round at Huron Hills or Leslie Park golf courses; or give FootGolf a try, 4 p.m. at Huron Hills Golf Course. Bring your own soccer ball or rent one for $5. It’s fun for all ages, and no experience is necessary.

Go online for details about these and the many other Ann Arbor parks and recreation events and programs, Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

Fireworks safety information
Warm summer nights and fireworks seem to go hand in hand. But did you know there are laws dictating when, where and what kind of fireworks are legal to use? Just for starters, it is illegal to use fireworks at city parks! This is not only to keep our parks safe for all to enjoy, but also to help keep them free from the debris that is often carelessly left behind. While the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act broadens the selection of fireworks available for home/amateur use statewide, it is important to know there are still usage parameters per City of Ann Arbor ordinance (Section 9:266 of Chapter 115 Weapons and Explosives of Title IX).

Fireworks usage is permitted only during certain time frames and only around national holidays. The time frame guidelines for the Independence Day holiday are: use is prohibited prior to July 3 and after July 5; and use is only permitted from 8 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on July 3, 4 and 5 with the following restrictions:

  • Use is always prohibited on public property, including not only parks, but school property, church property and the property of another person unless the person using the fireworks has the expressed permission of the property owner.

    Sign up today for swim lessons
    Join us for swim lessons at Buhr  Park and Veterans Memorial Park Pools during session #2, July 9-19. Sign up at Group lessons are for children ages 6 months up. Ability requirements must be honored unless prior instructor approval is granted. Register at any city pool during public swim time, by phone or online. Fees: $45 resident/$55 nonresident. Buhr Park Pool, 734.794.6234 and Veterans Memorial Park Pool, 734.794.6235.

    Canoe Liveries are open
    Argo and Gallup Canoe Liveries are open! For details on river trips and stillwater paddles call 734.794.6240. Argo Canoe Livery and Gallup Canoe Livery are now open every day 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Stillwater paddles in the 2 mile area of Argo and Gallup Pond are available.

    Golf Championships
    The 2018 registration forms for our golf championships are now online. View and download the Men’s Championship form for the July 13-15 event at: You can also register online at


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