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DNR gives vets option for quiet 4th


If you like a quieter holiday on the Fourth of July, there are 12 state parks hosting fireworks-free celebrations this year.

The state Department of Natural Resources organized the events after a veteran pointed out that Independence Day can be difficult for some former service members.

"For example, if you're a veteran and you possibly are suffering from PTSD, this is a way for you to know that you can have a 4th of July and not be concerned about having an episode," said Maia Turek, a recreation programmer with the DNR.

Here’s a list of the participating parks:

  • Bewabic State Park (Iron County)
  • Brighton Recreation Area-Bishop Lake Campground (Livingston County)
  • Cheboygan State Park (Cheboygan County) 
  • Craig Lake State Park (Baraga County)
  • Hayes State Park (Lenawee County) 
  • Lake Hudson State Park (Lenawee County)
  • Leelanau State Park (Leelanau County)
  • Menominee River State Recreation Area (Dickinson County)
  • Orchard Beach State Park (Manistee County)
  • Rifle River Recreation Area (Ogemaw County)
  • Sleepy Hollow State Park (Clinton County) 
  • Wells State Park (Menominee County)

Online reservations can be made at MIdnrreservations.com

Sarah Hulett is Michigan Radio’s Director of Amplify & Longform, helping reporters to do their best work.
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