Six for the Fourth: Top entertainment options for the holiday week
The boom of fireworks and the scent of backyard cookouts will be in the air as Metro Detroit celebrates the Fourth of July.
The holiday is Wednesday, leaving a long five-day weekend for many folks. Here are some of the bigger events planned both in Detroit and the 'burbs, inside and outdoors.
Stars & Stripes Festival at Suburban Collection Showplace: A family-friendly extravaganza of fun, this annual event has a carnival, rock concerts, monster truck rides, car demolitions, arts and crafts, fireworks and more. Musical headliners will be Buckcherry, Lit, Alien Ant Farm, FiftyAmpFuse and ’80s hair metal cover band Rockstar. 4-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2-11 p.m. Saturday-Tuesday; and noon-11 p.m. Wednesday. $1-$5 Thursday admission for ages 6 and older. Free admission Thursday and Wednesday. 46100 Grand River, Novi. (586) 493-4344 or starsandstripesfest.com.
Taylor Summer Festival at Heritage Park: This community festival is peppered with concerts and other attractions such as a carnival, hot air balloon display, a fishing derby and a Saturday night fireworks show. Musical highlights are classic rock band Loverboy and singer/songwriter John Waite (Friday night, $15 at the door). Thursday-Sunday. Free admission. Northline and Pardee, Taylor. taylorfestival.com.
Salute to America at Greenfield Village: A Metro Detroit Independence Day week tradition for 26 years, the Salute to America features the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performing patriotic classics along with the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus. The finale is once again Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with authentic cannon fire and fireworks. 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. and Tuesday-Wednesday. $30, $22.50 ages 5-11. 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. (313) 576-5111 or thehenryford.org.
Cranbrook Pop-Up Alumni Exhibition in Downtown Detroit: The Cranbrook Academy of Art will sponsor a Saturday-night-only “Pop-Up Alumni Exhibition” in downtown Detroit, featuring the work of 28 graduates spanning the classes of 1973 to 2017. “From then till downtown,” as the show is properly known, will showcase work from across the graduate school’s 10 departments, from fiber to metalsmithing. Anyone who attends Detroit-area art events regularly will recognize some of the names in this group show, not least Susan Goethel Campbell (Printmaking 1989) and Cyrus Karimipour (Photography 2006). The reception for “From then to downtown” will run 6-9 p.m. Saturday at 1301 Broadway, right next to the Z Garage. The exhibition will be up through July 20, but you’ll need an appointment to visit after Saturday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
MIX 92.3 Summer Breeze at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill: Get your throwback R&B and pop groove on with performances by Keith Sweat, SWV, En Vogue, Stokley and Vivan Green. 6 p.m. Saturday. $29.50 and up. 14900 Metro Parkway, Sterling Heights. (313) 471-7000.
Neil Young with John Hammond at Fox Theatre: Folk/rock legend and activist Neil Young rolls through town with a solo set. Young's history with Detroit goes back to the 1960s when he recorded for Motown Records with the Rick James-fronted band the Mynah Birds. Blues/rock musician John Hammond opens the show. 8 p.m. Tuesday. $49.50 and up. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.
Michael Hodges contributed