Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and fireworks! But with the country beginning to emerge from the worst of it, some celebrations are returning in the area. Read on to see what’s happening around Detroit this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.
Go to a Baseball Game
As the ultimate American pastime, baseball pairs perfectly with Independence Day! And the Detroit Tigers just happen to be playing the Chicago White Sox this year at home on July 4th. The afternoon game starts at 1:10 pm and you can get seats starting around $24. Comerica Park is also a fun baseball stadium to visit, for adults and kids alike – view the sculptures, watch the “liquid fireworks” display (a fountain with synchronized music and lights), ride a hand-painted tiger on the carousel, or take a spin on the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel in a car shaped like a giant baseball. When it’s time to eat, if you’re craving Fourth of July faves likes hot dogs and hamburgers, head to the Beer Hall or Brushfire Grill restaurant with open-air seating.
Salute to America: Summer Stroll
Greenfield Village is partnering with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to create a more COVID-friendly version of their traditional Independence Day celebration: Salute to America. Sponsored by Ford, the event allows patrons to stroll through Greenfield Village while enjoying music played by small ensembles of DSO members spread throughout the park. The music will represent many American dramas, from Colonial fifes and drums to ragtime and jazz to choral singers. There will be fireworks at the end of the night, too!
Greenfield Village features plenty to see and do, with historic homes and buildings from various time periods, living history demonstrations, food, and a carousel.
Lake Erie Metropark
Cooling off at the beach is the perfect way to spend a sweltering Fourth of July, and with its position between two Great Lakes (plus Lake St. Clair), Detroit is within day-trip distance of plenty of fantastic beaches. But if you want to hit the water pretty close to the city, your best bet is Lake Erie Metropark, about half an hour south of downtown. There’s a small, sandy beach where you can swim in Lake Erie as well as a Wave Pool with 3-foot waves! Entry is $8 for adults, $6 for children, and includes a raft. There’s also a separate spray and splash area for little kids.
There’s plenty of other amenities around the park so that you can spend your whole holiday there without getting bored. Some include:
· A Golf course
· Canoeing, Kayaking, and Boating
· Birdwatching – it’s one of the best hawk-watching sites in North America!
· Hiking – miles of trails through swamps, marshes, and along the shoreline.
· Bike trails
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