Salute to America at Greenfield Village in Dearborn
The big patriotic shebang at The Henry Ford returns for a 20th year on June 30-July 1 and July 3-4, 2012, promising fireworks and epic tunes for the family
Fireworks overhead, a picnic spread on a blanket, majestic music and a cannon booming in the background. Does it get any better than this? The Henry Ford has spent 20 years perfecting its Salute to America at Greenfield Village – the ultimate southeast Michigan hats' off to our country's birthday. And the blowout is returning to the historic hotspot for its own birthday on June 30-July 1 and 3-4, 2012.
Gates open in Dearborn at 6 p.m. all four evenings – and the Walnut Grove historic district is decorated in a swath of red, white and blue. Before the big show, kids can participate in 19th century lawn games and meet members of the village's historical "base ball" teams, The Lah-De-Dahs and The Nationals.
Tunes from the River Raisin Ragtime Revue also precede the big concert by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which is topped off with Tchaikovsky's thunderous "1812 Overture" – featuring an impressive live cannon fire and spectacular fireworks finale.
Advance tickets for members are $19/adults and $12/ages 5-12 – and, for non-members, $22.50/adults and $14/ages 5-12. At the gate, it's $25 and $15 for members and $27 and $17.50 for non-members. Kids under 4 get in free. Note that for this event, there are no refunds, even in the case of inclement weather.
Definitely bring along a camera – as well as folding chairs or lawn blankets, as seating is not provided. Kids' strollers and wagons also are welcome.
To learn more about the 20th anniversary 2012 Salute to America at Greenfield Village, be sure to click over to the Metro Parent calendar listing.