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Springfield, ’90s hit makers to play Stars & Stripes

Rock hits from the 1990s and ’80s will be heard at the annual fest, which moves from Macomb County to Novi this year

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Rick Springfield and rock bands from the 1990s will headline this year’s Stars and Stripes Festival, which moves to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi after years of being held in Macomb County.

The outdoor, family-friendly festival kicks off June 29 with 1990s rock radio stars Fuel, Dishwalla and Marcy Playground. Springfield will headline June 30, and ’90s hit makers Smash Mouth and Spin Doctors will be the big names on July 1. Beatlemania Live will play Beatles songs on the closing day, July 2.

The formerly free festival will charge admission at certain points. Admission is free every day for veterans with military ID and children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all 2-6 p.m. June 29. Otherwise, it’s a $3-$5 fee.

Admission includes access to concerts, but tickets for preferred pavilion seating for the shows, $25, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at

Besides concerts, the patriotic event boasts a carnival midway, fireworks, BMX stunt show, monster truck races, arts and crafts and a tribute to those who served at a Veteran’s Village. Wristbands for carnival rides — $20 in advance, $25 on site — are half off on June 29.

The move to Oakland County came after the event’s contract was not renewed by Palace Sports and Entertainment last fall. The Palace took over management of Freedom Hill in November 2015.

More information on Stars and Stripes Festival can be found at or by calling (586) 493-4344.

(313) 222-2402

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