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Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Story of Michigan Fireworks as told by creator Meg Geddes


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.
I 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 (more on that later), making corrections, hunting down people who scrape all my data without properly attributing, and so forth. (Yea, I’m a bit spiky about that last. Read about why here) But 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 : Michigan Fireworks is by far and away the most popular features  we publish year in, year out.
The 2013  Michigan  data base  we published on  June 28th  2013 garnered 412 visits  good  for third place among the 900 stories we ran since we started publishing this blog in   2011 . Our 2014  Listing of  Michigan fireworks  by date had  214 visitors good  for good for 7th place overall. The decrease in visitors 2003 to 2014  is due the rather generous reprinting policy of
To bring their comprehsensive listings (and perhaps the most comprehensive  of any state)  to our readers all we are required to do is  credit as the source and to provide a link to their website. Our links to are provided in red.. Most likely many of our firework fans from past years are going to directly to That is particularly  evident this week when many of our readers are using our on page archive to get the web address for and thus producing a weekly total   like the one below.
 This Blog  is pleased to serve as middle man in bringing you this information.  Any  future reference to "I" in these listings  is  from the writing  of  Meg Geddes the creator of

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