Need to Know: 4th of July in Farmington and Farmington Hills
Here's a list of things to remember about the mid-week holiday.
Tomorrow's federal holiday means changes to trash pickup, government building closures and more in Farmington and Farmington Hills.
Here are some important things to keep in mind:
While there are no local displays of fireworks, you don't have to travel far to find one. We've published a list of area events here. If you want to set off fireworks in your own backyard, a new state law allows you to shoot off airborne fireworks, like roman candles and bottle rockets. You can buy fireworks locally; temporary permits have been issued for businesses at 32905 Northwestern Hwy., 35000 Grand River and 39045 Polo Club #202.
Gas prices down
Fourth of July travelers are getting a break this year with gas prices taking a dip before the holiday. According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular gas in Metro Detroit was $3.47 on Monday morning, down from $3.57 a week ago and $3.77 one year ago. You can check the lowest prices – and real-time traffic – before you head out by visiting our Commute page.
Government buildings close
Farmington and Farmington Hills city halls, post offices and some banks will be closed on Wednesday. If you need postal services, both the Farmington and Farmington Hills branches have automated mailing centers in their lobbies to weigh letters and packages, and buy postage. Both the Farmington Community Library Main Library and Farmington branch will be closed.
Some retail stores open
Most major retailers and grocery stores are open on Independence Day. Before you head out to shop smaller stores, you might want to call ahead. Our directory is a great place to check for a phone number – and if you use our iPhone app's directory, you can dial the number from the listing with just one click.
Trash collection moves
Trash and recycling will not be collected in Farmington and Farmington Hills on July 4. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday routes will be collected one day late (Thursday, Friday and Saturday).