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WXYZ Editorial: Celebrate July 4th Parks Fireworks Safely

WXYZ Detroit - How about celebrating this July 4th weekend in one of America’s state or national parks? Here in Michigan, you are never more than 30 minutes from a Michigan state park, campground or trail. From Belle Isle to Fort Wilkins, the parks will kick off this summer holiday with a host of activities. Michigan has dozens to choose from and your state recreation passport will get you in any of them. It will also help to maintain and preserve the quality of our parks. We also encourage you to explore and enjoy our national parks. In August, our National Park Service turns 100! This centennial salute is about the past and the future! There are plenty of opportunities to learn and have fun inside the 407 national parks. That includes Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore and the 10-thousand square miles of the MotorCities National Heritage area. Both attract millions of tourists and billions of economic benefits. But wherever you choose to celebrate July 4th, we urge you to practice fireworks safety! These colorful displays have become a tradition and festive part of marking America’s independence. Experts predict backyard fireworks will hit an all-time high this year. But to be safe, go to our web site for a list of very important safety tips. And if you want a choice, we've posted the state parks that will have fireworks and parks that are fireworks-free on July 4th. Happy Birthday, America! There’s much to celebrate!