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Tickets sell out again for the International Fireworks Championship in Traverse City!

UPDATE 7/27/23 10:30 a.m.

Traverse City Tourism says tickets have sold out again!

7/24/23 5:00 p.m.


There’s a new opportunity to see the International Fireworks Championship at Turtle Creek Stadium.

After the first round of tickets sold out within a half hour, an additional 2,000 tickets have been added. They will be available at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The championship, which takes place Sept. 9 will include displays form four world class pyrotechnic teams.

“Well, this is unusual in fireworks events,” Mickey Graham, TC Tourism Director of Sports and Events, said. “It’s going to be something different than anything else you’ve seen because, first of all, there’s four shows in one night and these are world class competitors coming off of this. So the people have been invited to this, have won competitions elsewhere around the world.. So we’ve got Germany and France and Mexico and the United States all competing in this.”


Two trophies will be awarded after the fireworks shows.

6/15/23 11:40 a.m.

Traverse City Tourism says tickets to the event sold out in less than an hour! They are looking at more seating options for this and future events.

6/12/2023 12 p.m.


Traverse City Tourism announced Monday that tickets will be on sale starting Thursday, June 15 at 10 a.m.

Prices are $30 for a box seat and $250 for a four-person table in the Fox Motors Den.

12-person and 25-person suites are available by calling Turtle Creek Stadium at (231) 943-0100, while groups of ten or more are available at (231) 947-1120.

The groups featured in the competition are:

  • Fantastika Pirotecnia – Mexico
  • ToF Feuerwerk – Germany
  • Fetes et Feux – France
  • Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics – USA

The fireworks competition is set for the evening of Sept. 9 at Turtle Creek Stadium.

6/1/2023 10:30 p.m.

A competition featuring the world’s best pyrotechnics is coming to Northern Michigan.

The International Fireworks Championship brings four teams from around the world to Traverse City to determine which country has the best fireworks display. The Director of Sports and Events at Traverse City Tourism, Mickey Graham, said the event will not only bring people from out of town, but it will also be a great event for locals.

“It’s going to be really cool. Not a lot of these are happening in the country,” Graham admitted

Top pyrotechnics from Mexico, France, Germany and the U.S. are coming to Traverse City to compete in the regions first ever International Fireworks Championship.

“People kind of know what fireworks are, but when these guys choreograph their shows, I think they’re going to be blown away.

Each team’s display will be choreographed to music and last around 15 minutes. It will all take place on the same night and fans will vote to decide the winner.

Graham says events like these aren’t common, and says the biggest ones are in big cities like Montreal, Madrid, Berlin and Singapore.

“So, to bring something like that to Traverse City, we’re really excited about it because we’ve got some world class competition coming here,” Graham stated.

The big competition will take place at Turtle Creek Stadium. The General Manager of the Pit Spitters, Jacqueline Holm, said while it will look a bit different from the Pit Spitters’ Friday night fireworks display, they are prepared to make sure it goes off without a hitch.

“We’re working with Blair Township and Traverse City Tourism to make sure everything is in compliance and that everyone stays safe because that is, after all, most important,” Holm explains.

The competition is coming up in September which they say will give tourists a reason to stick around past the peak summer months and give locals a unique event they can’t find anywhere else in the country.

“Us local people also have something to do outside of just the summer season, in what they call the shoulder season,” Holm said. “So, looking forward to many many more great events. This is just one of those cherry-on-top opportunities that we get to take part in.”

6/1/2023 11 a.m.

Traverse City Tourism announced Thursday that tickets will soon be on sale for the very first International Fireworks Championship.

The show will feature contestants from U.S., Mexico, Spain and Germany, who have qualified by winning other competitive firework events around the globe.

At the event, you can expect four world-class shows with unique firework displays accompanied by music that will be formally judge.

“This promises a fireworks event like no other,” said Mickey Graham, Director of Events at Traverse City Tourism. “There are bright colors, bold designs and fun concepts. I recently watched a competition in Spain and the show was the pride of the entire community.”

Details of the fireworks championship are still being planned, but it is expected to make its debut on Sept. 9.

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