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Summer Events Return to Silver Lake!

General News|June 24th, 2021

The 4th of July fireworks are back on in Silver Lake!

We are excited to announce the return of several popular events to the Silver Lake area this summer — including the July 4th firework display over the dunes!

In spite of COVID-19 shutting many of our favorite events down last summer, our community certainly hasn’t lost its “spark”. While safety still comes first for all of our visitors and residents, we’re raring to go and can’t wait to celebrate summer 2021 with you!

Check out our some of the most exciting events coming to you this season.


Independence Day Fireworks

July 2nd – 4th

“Hart Sparks” Fireworks Celebration
Friday, July 2nd

There’s fun for all at “Hart Sparks” with live music by the Rocket Fuel Haulers, games and activities, and plenty of delicious food!

Where: Hart Commons in Downtown Hart, 16 S. State Street, Hart, MI 49420
When: 7pm – 10:15pm
Fireworks Begin: At dusk (around 10pm)


Pentwater Fireworks
Saturday, July 3rd

Enjoy a vibrant display of sparks over Lake Michigan! Viewers enjoy picking a spot on the beach at Charles Mears State Park or watching from boats.

Where: Charles Mears State Park, 400 W. Lowell Street, Pentwater, MI 49449
Fireworks Begin: At dusk (around 10pm)


“Thunder Over the Dunes” in Silver Lake
Sunday, July 4th

Celebrate America’s Independence Day in style with a spectacular display over the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. Cuddle up with blankets on the shoreline, head out onto Silver Lake on your boat, or find a good spot on the dunes around the lake.

Where: Silver Lake Sand Dunes State Park, 8960 W. Fox Road, Mears, MI 49436
Fireworks Begin: 10pm

Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall

July 7 – 11

Visit the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall at the Oceana County Fairgrounds starting on July 7th through the 11th.



Heroes on the Dunes

July 16 – 17

This 2-day celebration honors current members and veterans of America’s Armed Forces and features several events in and around the Silver Lake area.

Friday, July 16th

  • 9am: Golf Outing at Benona Shores Golf Course
  • Evening concert featuring Kyle Jennings at Val-Du Lakes Bar & Grill
  • Auction & 50/50 Raffle

Saturday, July 17th

  • Noon: Silver Lake Sand Dunes Flag Raising Ceremony & Air Show
  • 12:30pm: Veterans Parade
  • Evening concert featuring The Family Tradition Band at Val-Du Lakes Bar & Grill
  • Auction & 50/50 Raffle

More information can be found on the Heroes on the Dunes Facebook page.


Free ORV Weekend

August 21 – 22

Come take advantage of this fun opportunity to enjoy the Silver Lake Sand Dunes for free! Both Michigan residents and nonresidents will get the chance to legally ride the dunes’ ORV area without needing an ORV license or trail permit (Recreation Passports are still required).


Ongoing Live Music

When it comes to live music, there’s something going on nearly every day of the week in the Silver Lake Area this summer.








Local Art Fairs, Festivals, and Farmers Markets

Enjoy outdoor art fairs, local festivals, and weekly farmers markets through the summer and into the fall!

Mears Art Fair
July 17th
Where: Johnson Park, Mears
When: 10am – 5pm

Oceana County Fair
August 24th – 28th
Where: Oceana County Fair Grounds, Hart
When: 9am – 11pm

Hart Heritage Days Festival
September 4th – 5th
Where: Hart Historic District
When: TBD

Silver Lake Apple and BBQ Festival
September 10th – 11th
Where: Downtown Silver Lake
When:  TBD (see Apple & BBQ Festival website)

Steinfest Celebration
September 25th
Where: Golden Sands Golf Course & Bucket Bar
When: 5pm


Escape Up North! Your Silver Lake Getaway Awaits

Whether you and your family are tent-campers, RVers, or not too keen on camping at all, we’ve got the perfect place for you to stay in Silver Lake — plus plenty to keep your taste buds busy!

Let us help you plan your trip. Check out our things to do page, and don’t forget to explore our Visitors Guide as well.

There’s truly nothing like a Silver Lake Sand Dunes vacation — Hope to see you soon!

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