While the City of Hamtramck still reflects its large Polish population, the area was first settled back in 1796 by the French. In fact, the area was home to German farmers long before Poles moved into the area in the early 1900s to work at Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company. The population growth eventually resulted in Hamtramck becoming a city in 1922. These days, Hamtramck encompasses many ethnicities, including immigrants from Yemen and Bangladesh.
Annual Hamtramck events include:
- January/February: Paczki Day, Hamtramck Blowout
- May/June: St. Florian Strawberry Festival
- September/October: Labor Day Festival, Polish Day Parade, Planet Ant Film & Video Festival