The 4th of July is a day of great celebration around the United States, with the Motor City holding its fair share of events. There are a variety of ways to celebrate, depending upon your interests. Athletes may start the day off participating in a race, being doused with water on the track, while sports fanatics or festival-goers might prefer throwing back a few cold ones. Check out the list to find the greatest parties happening in the D, and check out this list we created last year for even more options.
Detroit Tigers Baseball Game
Comerica Park
2100 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 962-4000

Date: July 4, 2014

This is the mother of all 4th of July celebrations for sports fans in Detroit – a Tigers home game! Join over 40,000 baseball fans at Comerica Park to cheer on the Tigers as they defend their home turf against the Tampa Bay Rays. The crowd is going to be revved up, and since America’s favorite pastime is being played on one of America’s favorite holidays, get ready for an exciting time. Definitely stick around for an explosive after party featuring massive fireworks, as the party rages on into the night.

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Ann Arbor Summer Festival
310 Depot St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 994-5999

Date: June 13 to July 6, 2014

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is the premiere cultural festival of the summer. The festival offers attendees entertainment for all ages – kids will love the Kidzone and adults will love trying the craft beer selection one sip at a time. Stroll around the event grounds, enjoy a picnic lunch or other culinary delights prepared by local chefs, check out the art exhibits or chill under the shade of a tree listening to the sounds of jazz filling the air. There are comedy acts, trivia games and movies, and it all happens outside, under the sun and stars.

Firecracker Mile
Corner of 14 Mile and Crooks Road
Clawson, MI 48017
(248) 589-0334

Date: July 4, 2014

Celebrate the 4th by kicking your bod into high gear at the Firecracker Mile race. Go for the gold and win $1,000 if you tear through the finish line first. The race is open to participants of all ages. Spectators gather around the route and cheer on the runners, making this a seriously celebratory race. Make sure to register here to become part of a good old fashioned competition.

Oakland County Fair 
12451 Andersonville Road
Davisburg, MI 48350
(248) 634-8830

Dates: July 4-13, 2014

This is a true American party at its best – a county fair! Start the 4th off on a patriotic note by cheering on a parade. Meander over to watch who wins the blue ribbon in the poultry show or try to beat the champion chess player and take home the crown. Whatever fun you get into, definitely stick around for the entertainment after dark – fireworks.

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Ringo Starr 
DTE Energy Music Theatre
7774 Sashabaw Road
Clarkston, MI 48348
(248) 377-0100

Date: June 27, 2014

Looking for musical way to kick off Independence Day? Get ready to rock with Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band. This special event showcases the talents of the former Beatles drummer as he sings classics from his other band and newer tunes with a roster of talented musicians such as Todd Rundgren backing him up. 

After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at and