Proos: Plenty of firework-free options for Southwest Michigan families for July 4th holiday

Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. – State Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, said in a public service announcement Thursday that the state Department of Natural Resources offers numerous camping locations in Southwest Michigan and throughout the state that provide sites for families and combat veterans who prefer to celebrate a firework-free Independence Day holiday.

“As we gather with our families this Fourth of July to celebrate our freedom with parades, barbecues and bonfires, don’t forget that our state now offers an amazing 101 state parks, and a unique experience awaits you at each one.

“From camping to boating and fishing to hiking, there are adventures around every corner. This year, to celebrate and honor our men and women who have served us proud, the DNR is offering firework-free camping at 12 of the beautiful Michigan state parks. Veterans — many of whom may unfortunately suffer from post-traumatic stress injuries, and prefer a quieter holiday — and families, alike, can enjoy the tranquility of nature this Fourth of July.

“I encourage Southwest Michigan families to get out and enjoy our nation’s birthday and remember the veterans who made it all possible.”

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