3 Festivals to Check Out in the D This Summer


While the official first day of summer isn’t until June 20, the weather in metro Detroit is saying otherwise. Memorial Day weekend brought great, warm weather, perfect for grilling outside or taking a dip in the pool. But, what about some local festivals happening the metro Detroit area this summer?

Motor City Pride

Next weekend on June 11 and 12, Motor City Pride will be happening in Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. Motor City Pride is a two-day event hosted by Equality Michigan that will culminate in the Motor City Pride Parade at noon on Sunday, June 12. Members of the LGBT and ally communities are welcome to take part in the festivities, such as live music, a golf outing, a family picnic and the aforementioned Motor City Pride Parade. This is the largest pride event in the state of Michigan and works to extend its support system to surrounding communities.

Livonia Spree

The Livonia Spree is a celebration of the founding of the City of Livonia and all are welcome to join in the festivities for this weeklong event from June 21-26 at Ford Field on the corner of Farmington Rd. and Lyndon St. Come enjoy great food, live music in a variety of genres ranging from jazz to country, a family-friendly carnival and, of course, the main event: the Grand Finale Fireworks Extravaganza on Sunday night.

The Henry Ford Salute to America

This four-day event runs from June 30 through July 3 in celebration of the United States of America’s Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776, A.K.A. The Fourth of July. Festivities include games and activities for people of all ages, but the real crowd-pleaser is the joint concert performance by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the United States Army Field Band, Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus. In true Fourth of July fashion, the show closes out with a fireworks finale performance set to live patriotic music.