Quieter campgrounds being promoted for veterans for 4th of July weekend

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BURTON (WJRT) - (02/22/19) - Today's widespread sunshine has us dreaming of a Pure Michigan summer.

But things may be a bit different at some vacation spots.

For some veterans, pets and kids with special needs, all that summer holiday banging and booming can be stressful.

Fireworks can be fun and colorful as they light up the night sky.

But, a more serene holiday experience may be preferred.

That's why the Michigan DNR and Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency are promoting quiet campgrounds for the Fourth of July weekend, a chance to enjoy Mother Nature, just without all the noisy celebrations.

Two of the closest parks, the Rifle River Recreation Area in Ogemaw County and Brighton Recreation Area - Bishop Lake Campground in Livingston County are participating this year.

"You know, I like fireworks, but there's people who just don't really like it that much so, hey, be a nice place for them to go, let them know," said Earl Zerbe, a Flint resident.

"I think it's great. It's great. We're forgetting the veterans and this is a perfect way to show them we care," commented Susan Baroski from Flushing.

"No live parties, maybe a dance, real light, low music, whatever they want to do, just keep it down to a mellow tone, you know," added Ronald McKellar, a Swartz Creek resident.

Reservations can be made up to six months in advance and it might be a good idea to do it sooner, rather than later, as many popular campgrounds fill up fast.

Sites are listed on the DNR website, under Park Programs.

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