If you recall last Independence Day, it was a scorcher with widespread 90's. Not quite the case this year.
July 4th of 2012 featured widespread 90's across Northern Michigan as a large ridge of high pressure sat across the Great Lakes. Houghton Lake hit 95F with Alpena at 94F. Gaylord and Traverse City were 91F and 90F respectively and even Sault Ste. Marie shot up to 87F last 4th of July.
Much more comfortable temps this time around with much of Northern Michigan falling in the 75-80F degree range Thursday. Southwest winds will keep locations right near Lake Michigan a bit cooler.
While I cannot completely rule out a passing shower or isolated thunderstorm Thursday over the higher terrain of Northern/Central Lower Michigan or along a lake breeze near Lake Huron, any would be brief. Most spots remain dry for the 4th of July.
The fireworks should go off without a hitch Thursday evening with dry weather, and only a few passing clouds. Winds will be from the southwest between 5-10 mph.
It remains warm into the weekend with no rain forecasted. High into the weekend in the 80's.