Ribs, Picnics & Parades: 4th of July in Metro Detroit

By: Amber Ogden | July 3, 2015

Fourth of July weekend is always filled with family fun, fireworks and barbecuing. While your social calendar is likely packed already, if you’re looking to squeeze some more activities into your long weekend, consider one of the following Independence Day festivities in Metro Detroit:

The Royal Oak Rib Fest kicks off on Friday, July 3 and goes through Sunday, July 5. Enjoy ribs and barbecue from local eateries like Chicken Shack and Rub BBQ Pub, as well as craft beers and cocktails, live music, a rib cook-off and more.

Rib Fest runs from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free!

New Center Park, 2990 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, shows outdoor family-friendly movies throughout the summer, and this weekend, “Despicable Me 2” will be shown on Friday, July 3. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the film will begin between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., depending on when the sun sets. Refreshments and a cash bar are available at the concession stand.

Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 212 S. 4th St., Ann Arbor, will tickle your funny bone this weekend! Grab a ticket to the Hashtag Comedy Showcase on Friday, July 3 featuring some of the area’s best local talent. Host Darnell Anderson, comedians Ron Taylor, Pat Sievert, Adam Hirzel and Heather Jay will mix comedy with social media and audience participation. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $11 in advance, $13 at the door.

HopCat, 4265 Woodward Ave., Detroit, is offering a Picnic Plate food special for the weekend, from Saturday, July 4 through Monday, July 6. It includes Corridor sausage bratwurst, pulled pork, corn on the cob, coleslaw and crack fries for just $10.95. Nothing says ‘merica quite like crack fries!

The weekend beer feature includes Dogfish Head’s American Beauty and Clown Shoes’ Crunkle Sam.

Parades are an important part of the Fourth of July, and there are plenty to enjoy around Metro Detroit. If you’re looking for one to attend, consider the PlymouthClawsonClarkston or Wyandotte parades.

It wouldn’t be Fourth of July if you didn’t watch a spectacular fireworks display at some point during the weekend, so be sure to pick one of these firework shows of southeast Michigan to enjoy!

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend, everyone.