There are always great things happening around Ann Arbor and the Fourth of July Weekend is no exception! You can find free, family-friendly events, with everything from a simulated archaeological dig, to live music and yoga, to parades and fireworks, every day through the fourth. And, of course, there is fantastic food to be had everywhere!
Here are just a few events. Let us know your favorites in the comments:
Saturday, July 1: Independence Day Event: Saline Area Historical Society. This FREE Independence Day celebration is highlighted by tours of the Depot Museum, free copies of the U.S. Constitution, kids games on the greens, a chance to ride a vintage velocipede on the tracks, a simulated archaeological dig, a tractor demonstration, food trucks and more.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saline Depot Museum, 402 N. Ann Arbor St. at Bennett, Saline. Parking available at Henne Field. Donation. firstname.lastname@example.org, 944-04425
Sunday, July 2, 5pm-midnight: So Long Sunday. The Ann Arbor Summer Festival Top of the Park comes to a close with food concessions from area restaurants and many free, family-friendly activities:
5p.m. KidZone activity tent, yoga, and other fitness activities on the Power Center lawn
6p.m. Local husband-and-wife folk-rock duo, Annie & Rod Capps
8:15p.m. Local rockabilly, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and honky-tonk band George Bedard & The Kingpins
10 p.m. La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s 2016 musical comedy about a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress in L.A.
Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org
Fourth of July Fireworks:
- Saturday, July 1 at Whitmore Lake. The viewing area is at Northfield Community Park between the post office and 8 Mile Road. Begins at dusk.
- Monday, July 3 at Carr Park in Manchester. The beer tent opens at 8 p.m., live music from local bands start at 9 p.m. and the fireworks begin at dark, around 10:15 p.m.
July 4 Parades:
The Ann Arbor Fourth of July Parade starts at 10 a.m. There will be live music and community events such as the annual bike decorating contest. Children ages 10 and under are invited to participate in judging the contest and ride their bikes in the parade. Parade festivities will be at State, Liberty, Main and William streets.
The Ypsilanti Fourth of July parade begins at 11 a.m. at the corner of Oakwood and West Cross streets and end at Rice Street. Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, who served the longest uninterrupted Congressional tenure in U.S. history, will serve as grand marshal. The Yankee Air Museum, First Fridays, Rolling Relics and Go Ice Cream, as well as marching bands and veterans, will be participating in this year’s parade.
If you are going to be celebrating at home in Ann Arbor, the city does regulate the use of personal fireworks. Get more information here.
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