SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) -- One Michigan man is in it for the long haul to get a prime spot for his city's Fourth of July fireworks.
The Saginaw News reports Jason Lyons pitched a tent at 3 p.m. Monday on a raised grassy section of land. From the spot he has a clear view of where Saginaw's fireworks will be launched on Ojibway Island beginning at dusk Thursday.
The 39-year-old says he's come to the spot on July 2 in recent years, but came a day earlier this year after some people joked last year they would get it.
He says he has a "friendly competition" among friends for the best spot.
This year's celebration is special because Lyons' daughter turns 21 and plans to spend her birthday with him watching the fireworks.