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What are some ways to celebrate the Fourth of July Weekend in Detroit?

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2007 Stars and Stripes Festival

2007 Stars and Stripes Festival

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Question: What are some ways to celebrate the Fourth of July Weekend in Detroit?
Answer: Detroit celebrates the nation's 237th birthday in style with firework displays and special festivals, but if a private picnic is more your style, it's all good! Check out some of the things to do on (or around) the Fourth of July Weekend in Detroit:

July 4th, 2013: Thursday

Community Firework Displays

Let's face it, Independence Day celebrations are all about the fireworks, whether they occur on the Fourth of July or in the weeks preceding it. To help you get the most bang for your buck, check out the Community Firework Displays in (or around) Metro Detroit, Michigan in June and July.

Concerts:

The 4th of July falls on a Thursday in 2013, which means Detroiters can look forward to a long weekend for a proper Independence Day celebration. There are several concerts scheduled throughout the holiday weekend as well, including:
  • The Capital Steps
  • One Radio Host, Two Dancers: Ira Glass, Monica Barnes, Anna Bass
  • Men of Soul with Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson and more
  • The Ultimate White Party
  • Alice Cooper
  • Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls
  • Air Supply
  • American Idol Live
  • Counting Crows and The Wallflowers
  • Jimmy Eat World

Parades:

  • Wyandotte: The Independence Day Parade takes place on July 4th at 10 AM and runs along Biddle Avenue.

    Festivals and Events:

  • Clarkston: The 2013 Independence Fest at Clintonwood Park celebrates the holiday with live entertainment, a parade, carnival rides, craft show and fireworks. The event runs from July 4th to July 6th.

  • Dearborn: Greenfield Village celebrates with the 21st Annual Salute to America in the Walnut Grove Historic District. The event runs on several evenings from July 3rd to July 6th, 2013. Each evening includes a Fireworks Finale that will be accompanied by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overature, as well as 19th-century lawn games, picnics and food.

  • Leonard: The Freedom Fireworks Fest at Addison Oaks Campground includes a bicycle parade, fireworks, pony rides, and a band. The event runs from July 4th through July 7th.

  • Sterling Heights: The Stars & Stripes Festival takes place from June 28th to June 30th at Freedom Hill County Park and includes fireworks, as well as over 100 musical performances on four stages.

  • Westland: The Westland Summer Festival includes a Zumbathon, bake sale, carnival rides and fireworks. The event runs from July 3rd to July 7th.

    Still More:

  • Parks and Beaches in and around Metro Detroit
  • Weekend Getaways
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