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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Story of Michigan Fireworks. Displays.

To see the  all 509 listings visit Michigan Firework Displays 

 Editors Note: Every year about this time newspapers publish lists of firework displays for their readers. Some list are very good. Some are less comprehensive  Last year we stumbled on Michigan Fireworks Display which is the best and most comprehensive  Michigan firework list we have ever seen. Readers apparently agreed with us because the Oakland County List we published from Michigan Fireworks Display in 2013 was the third most visited page on this blog.

There is a reason for this and it is Meg Geddes, the founder and Editor of Michigan Fireworks Display. This year we thought we would let her tell her own story.
I’m Meg Geddes (netmeg), and is my baby. Well, one of them.
I’ve always loved fireworks; from sparklers to big community boomers. I grew up with fireworks in Ann Arbor at Buhr Park, and then city airport, but at some point, we stopped having them. I don’t even remember why – I think maybe it was more the logistics than the money. Nobody wanted to deal with the hassles of traffic and cleanup.
Anyway, every year I’d be searching out where the closest fireworks were, and it got to the point where the people who knew of my interest would email or call, and from there it was a short hop to just putting up a quick and dirty web page to refer them to. The first version of this site was called and included two listings – the big fireworks in Detroit, and the Ford Lake fireworks in Ypsilanti. Here’s an ancient version of it – it’s not the oldest one that exists, but it’s probably the oldest one that will actually load.
So after a while, people would not only ask me about the fireworks, but actually send me their local listings and ask if I’d put them up too. So with the help of my friend Lee Payne, who has a lot more database and coding skills than I will ever have, we expanded the site. After a few years, we had a couple hundred displays, then 400, then 500. And people bookmarked it, and emailed it to their friends, and posted events on Facebook, and well, here we are today. Call it “Hobbies Gone Wild.”
Seriously, this thing has taken off to a degree I never thought possible. Michiganders really love their fireworks! I can’t even count the hours I have spent on coding, writing, finding and verifying events, answering emails  and making corrections. Over the years, it’s probably thousands of hours. And some amount of expense too. All because I like things that go *boom*
Presumably you’re here because you like the *boom* too. I hope you find what you’re looking for, and if you don’t, I’d like to hear about it. I’m always up for feedback and constructive criticism.
Editors note II: For  this blog to provide our  readers with the following information all that is asked is that we credit Michigan Fireworks Display as the source and provide a link to their website at

1 comment:

Meg Geddes (netmeg) said...

Thanks for the recommendation!