INDEPENDENCE DAY 2007Written by Whitney Meschke | | firstname.lastname@example.org
June 30-July 3 •
15th annual Salute to America
Celebrate Independence Day with fun, fireworks and patriotic music. The Walnut Grove historic district in Greenfield Village is transformed into a patriotic sea of red, white and blue as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra presents a magical program of American musical favorites. 6 p.m. June 30-July 3 at the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Mich. $20 adult, $19 senior, $14 children ages 5-18 and free for younger children. For information, call
(313) 982-6001 or (800) 835-5237.
July 1 • 4th of July Celebration
Visitors are invited to bring picnic baskets and join the McKinnis family and friends as they celebrate the nation’s independence. Pioneer children’s games and music will be featured. 1:30-4:30 p.m. July 1 at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, 6100 U.S. 224 W., Findlay. Free. (419) 425-7275 or
July 1 •
Springfield-Holland Freedom Celebration
A classic car show and live music will be topped off with fireworks at 10. 4 p.m. July 1 at Community Homecoming Park, 7807 Angola Road, Holland.
July 2 • Investigate Presidents
Students from sixth to 12th grades can test their knowledge of our leaders. Those who can name them all will earn rewards. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. July 2-7 at Birmingham Branch Library, 203 Paine Ave.
July 2 • Hurray for the Fourth of July
Teens can celebrate the nation’s birthday by making a beaded safety-pin flag and a red, white, and blue treat. The program will end with and explosive demonstration of soda nucleation. 2 p.m. July 2 at the Waterville Branch Library, 800 Michigan Ave.,Waterville. Registration is required after June 25. (419) 878-3055.
July 2 •
U.S. Army Field Band & Soldier’s Chorus
The “musical ambassadors of the Army” will perform 7:30-9 p.m. July 2 at Clyde High School Auditorium, 1015 Race St., Clyde. Free tickets are available at The Clyde Enterprise. (419) 332-4470.
July 2-4 •
River Raisin Independence Festival
A big bands street dance will be held in downtown Monroe, Mich., along with an all-day blues concert and fireworks at Sterling State Park, 2800 State Park Road, Monroe. Also slated is the second annual Freedom Walk to Lake Erie. (800) 252-3011 or www.monroeinfo.com.
July 3 •
Sylvania Star-Spangled Celebration
The sounds of the season are the booming of fireworks and the simulcast patriotic music that accompanies this display. About 9:30 p.m. July 3 at Centennial Terrace and Pacesetter Park, Sylvania. $5.
July 3 • Mystery Game
Schoolchildren up to fifth grade will make games in a red, white and blue theme for the holiday. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. July 3 at Birmingham Branch Library, 203 Paine Ave. (419) 259-5210.
July 3 •
Community Picnic & Fireworks Show
Johnnie Rodriquez will perform, children can play games, and there will be a fireworks display. 5-9 p.m. July 3 around Conant, Wayne and Dudley streets, Maumee. (419) 893-0792 or (419) 893-3256.
July 3 •
Clyde Independence Day Celebration
Games will be the lead-in to the night’s celebration with fireworks. 6-10 p.m. July 3 at Clyde Community Park, Race Street, Clyde. (419) 332-4470.
July 3 • Clue in on Ice Cream
Schoolchildren up to fifth grade can celebrate the 4th of July by shaking up their own ice cream. 2 p.m. July 3 at Maumee Branch Library, 501 River Road, Maumee. Registration is required after June 25. (419) 259-5360.
July 4 • The Capitol Steps
This troupe of former Congressional staffers puts the “mock” in democracy, leaving no issue unscathed. 5 and 8 p.m. July 4 at the Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor, Mich. $26-$40. (734) 764-2538.
July 4 •
Bowling Green Community Fireworks
The city and BGSU coordinate to produce this show of partnership and pyrotechnics. 9:45 p.m. July 4 at BGSU’s intramural fields. (419) 353-7945.
July 4 • Green Springs
Independence Day Celebration
A parade at 9 a.m., followed by a day of fun, capped off with fireworks at dark. July 4 at downtown Green Springs (July 7, in case of rain). (419) 332-4470.
July 4 • The Pharm Lights the Night Fireworks/FamilyFest
A hands-on area for children features activities, musicians, jugglers and storytellers, rides (starting at 1 p.m.) and games; the Nu-Tones will perform at 7; and the day culminates in a pyrotechnic display at 10. July 4 in Promenade and Festival parks, along the Maumee River. www.citifest.org.
July 4 • Independence Day 1813
Re-enactors will re-create the ceremony that took place in celebration of the time’s only national holiday (at 2 p.m.); noon-5 June 16-17 at Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Road, Perrysburg. Free. (419) 874-4121 or (800) 283-8916.
July 4 • Independence Day concert
Civil War re-enactors will join the Toledo Symphony Concert Band in a concert of patriotic and popular tunes, including a performance of the “1812 Overture” featuring cannon-fire from Gillmor’s Light Artillery. 2-3:30 p.m. July 4 at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. Free; visitors are asked to bring seating. (419) 332-2081 or (800) 998-7737.
July 4 • Fireworks cruise
Get prime seats for the Glass City’s fireworks extravaganza, plus a cruise and snacks. 6 p.m. July 4 from the Jefferson Street Dock, Jefferson and Summit streets. $30. Call (419) 537-1212 to make reservations.
July 4 • Celebrate Freedom
Learn about the battle that opened up the Northwest Territory to settlement and then walk through the tall grass prairie in bloom. 1-3:30 p.m. July 4 at Fallen Timbers Monument, Side Cut Metropark, 1025 River Road, Maumee. Free.
July 4 • Fourth of July: 1876 Celebration
Take a ride aboard The Volunteer, tour the Isaac Ludwig Mill or shop in the General Store to celebrate centennial style. Blacksmithing, tinsmithing, woodcarving, candle making and more demonstrations and hands-on activities are planned. Noon-4 July 4 at Kimble’s Landing, Providence Metropark, 13827 U.S. 24 West (at SR 578), Grand Rapids. Free.
July 4 • Cedar Point Fireworks
The skyline over “the Point” and Lake Erie will be filled with color. 10 p.m. July 4 on the beach in front of the Aquatic Stadium. Call (419) 627-2350 for details.
July 4 • Fremont Independence Day Parade and fireworks
The parade will begin at Birchard Park, 1400 Birchard Ave., and proceed to Rodger Young Park, at Front and Tiffin streets. 4 p.m. (parade) and dusk (fireworks) July 4 in downtown Fremont. (419) 332-4470.
July 4-6 • Toledo Mud Hens baseball
The Hens will play the Columbus Clippers on Independence Day and the Louisville Bats July 5-6; after the fireworks on the diamond, fans can stick around for some pyrotechnics in the sky. 7 p.m. July 4-6 at Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St. $8. (419) 725-4367.
July 4-7 • Woodville’s
Fourth of July Homecoming
This year marks the 65th anniversary of this patriotic party, which will feature rides, free stage shows, a parade, fireworks and more. All-day July 4-7 at Trailmarker Park, Cherry Street, Woodville. (419) 849-3080; (419) 849-2980 or
July 4-8 • Comerica CityFest
The former TasteFest now celebrates Motown, with the emphasis spread from just food to include entertainment, a street market and more. Performers are to include “Weird” Al Yankovic, Cheap Trick, Yo La Tengo, Lupe Fiasco, Spoon, 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. July 4-7 and 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. July 8. Free admission; 11 meal and drink tickets $7.