Uncle Sam Jam at Civic Center Park in Woodhaven

The annual Independence Day celebration commences July 9-12, 2015, featuring carnival rides, fireworks and animal-themed fun for all ages.

Uncle Sam Jam

Note: The Uncle Sam Jam is closed Thursday, July 9 due to inclement weather. For more information, visit the City of Woodhaven Facebook page.

Let the celebration of your patriotism continue with Uncle Sam Jam, the festival famous for providing one of the biggest firework displays in southeast Michigan. The carnival, which takes place July 9-12, 2015, kicks off Thursday, Family Fun Day, when carnival ride wristbands are half off all day. The midway consists of more than 30 rides, including a roller coaster and water slide, accommodating all ages and thrill levels. Test your aim with the carnival games, and don’t miss the interactive displays and attractions.


This “State Fair Size” festival features Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo, Michigan’s largest mobile animal exhibit with farm and exotic animals found round the world, all weekend long. Come out and ride the zoo’s camels and get a unique photo opportunity. Then celebrate animal comedy and sportsmanship with the Banana Derby, which features Capuchin monkeys racing dogs like jockeys. The derby hosts multiple races and promotes audience participation.

Impress the kids with a ride in the Shell-Camino monster truck, on display every day of the festival.

Check out the live bands on the Budweiser Stage each night. Headliners typically begin 10 p.m. each night.

Take a break from carnival rides to check out the grand fireworks display on Friday, July 10. The show begins at dusk and can be seen from anywhere on the grounds.

Take the entire family to witness why Uncle Sam Jam quickly became a family tradition in Wayne County.

Festival hours are as follows:

  • Thursday: 2-11 p.m.
  • Friday: 2 p.m.-midnight
  • Saturday: noon-midnight
  • Sunday: noon-11 p.m.

Banana Derby show times are as follows: 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Admission to the grounds is free; $5/parking for Woodhaven residents w/ID and $10/nonresidents (while spots last); $20-$25/ride wristbands. Discount vouchers for wristbands are now available at the Woodhaven Community Center. Don’t forget cash for the rides, carnival food and beverages.

Find all the details for the Uncle Sam Jam– and even more things to do in metro Detroit this weekend – in the Metro Parent calendar.


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