Saturday, July 7, 2012
Selfridge Air National Guard personnel were honored this week by the Detroit Tigers during Fourth of July pre-game festivities at Comerica Park.
Selfridge Air National Guard personnel played a major role in Fourth of July pre-game festivities at Comerica Park.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Michigan Department of Transportation is suspending a slew of construction projects across the state to help ease traffic flow for holiday commuters.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is lifting traffic restrictions on 100 of 155 projects statewide to alleviate traffic woes for Fourth of July travels. From 3 p.m. July 3 to 6 a.m. July 5, MDOT will suspend construction wherever possible on state roads and bridges while regular construction lane restrictions will be in place on the weekends before and after the July Fourth holiday. "We urge all motorists to drive with caution through work zones during this busy summer holiday weekend," Michigan Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle said in a prepared statement. "Be sure to plan ahead, buckle up, and put the cell phone away while driving so everyone gets to their destination safely." During the holiday, the following 55 work …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The 2012 Stars & Stripes Festival runs Friday through Sunday in downtown Mount Clemens and features live bands, a carnival midway, fireworks, a K9 show and more.
The 2012 Stars & Stripes Festival returns to Mount Clemens this weekend, bringing with it more than 100 performances, a fireworks display, carnival midway and variety of other entertainments for children and adults. The festival starts at 11 a.m. Friday, June 29, and runs through Sunday, July 1, with most activities taking place near 49 Macomb Place in Mount Clemens. If you're planning to head down for some patriotic fun, here's what you need to know right now: Want more Stars & Stripes? Check the festival's music lineup and events schedule. Be the first to get this and other local event information by signing up for the Patch daily newsletter.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Warm temperatures and clear skies through tonight will make for perfect weather for Independence Day activities.
Meteorologists are predicting warm weather and clear skies that will be perfect for outdoor activities during the Fourth of July holiday. Temperatures are expected to peak near 84 degrees Monday as clear skies are predicted throughout the day and into the evening, according to the National Weather Service. The mercury will drop to about 63 degrees Monday night, with winds about 9 mph. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Pontiac and Detroit said a high pressure system is expected to move into Southeast Michigan Monday, but early morning observations indicate pleasant levels of humidity should persist throughout the day. High clouds over the area will leave the area just after sunrise Monday, allowing for substantial surface …
Sunday, July 3, 2011
America celebrates its 235th birthday this July 4 and with the help of the U.S. Census, we have a few fun facts to help mark the day.
Happy 235th America. It's been a long road, but you've accomplished a lot in your two-plus centuries. The U.S. Census has been keeping track of our nation's progress since the United States of America only meant 12 states and on this Fourth of July, we have some of those numbers for you. 2.5 million – The estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation in July 1776. 311.7 million – The nation's estimated population on this July 4. Fireworks $190.7 million – The value of fireworks imported from China in 2010, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($197.3 million). The U.S. exported just $37 million worth of fireworks in 2010, with Japan purchasing more than any other country ($6.3 million). $231.8 million – …
Rain can't stop the fun as people flocked to watch the fireworks at Stony Creek Metropark.
Not even the rain could keep the crowds away from the spectacular fireworks show at Stony Creek Metropark as the turnout was great. Spectators had to run for cover a couple times, but once the storms passed, the fun began. Check out our pictures, upload your own photos and let us know what you think. And if you're looking for more things to do this weekend, check out this schedule of events for the Stars and Stripes Festival in Mount Clemens.
Friday, July 1, 2011
There is no need to go to Ohio: TNT Fireworks offers safe, legal fireworks for the Fourth of July.
Paul and Robin Wayco hope this Fourth of July is a blast. The husband and wife from Almont will try to put some snap, crackle and pop into the holiday from their temporary TNT Fireworks business in the Meijer parking lot on 26 Mile Road west of M-53. From their tent, the Waycos offer customers safe, legal fireworks, including sparklers, fountains and other assorted pyrotechnics. The stand opened Monday, and it will remain open through the holiday weekend. “We’ve had very good response so far,” Robin said. Temporary fireworks stands such as the Waycos’ seem to fare well even in tough economic times, according to Chuck Friese, a TNT Fireworks area manager based in Kalamazoo. “Because people aren’t spending as much on traveling, they are …
A Patch photographer gives advice on capturing the sparkle in the sky.
Capturing fireworks on camera is a challenge that can be mastered easily with the right equipment and settings on your camera. Here is a short tutorial to help you capture the rockets' red glare this Fourth of July. Equipment needed: Have a fireworks photo to share? Upload it to our Pics & Clips gallery on Patch!
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Love crowds? Try the fireworks at Stony Creek or Stars and Stripes Festival. Need things a bit more subdued? How about a campfire cookout at Shadbush?
Looking for something to do for the Fourth of July weekend? Try out one of these activities. NATURE NIGHT Where/When: Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center; 6:30 p.m. July 1. Why Go: Enjoy nature night at Shadbush. Families are invited to bring hot dogs, burgers, buns and ships and cook things over the fire. The park will provide the condiments and marshmallows Everyone will also have an opportunity to learn about birds that nest in boxes, including the Eastern Bluebird. Pricing: $2 for ages 12-adult, or $1 for ages 4-11. Walk-ins welcome. STARS AND STRIPES FUN Where/When: Downtown Mount Clemens, July 1-4. Why Go: Join thousands in "the Clem" for four days of fun at Stars and Stripes. Live music, a carnival and fireworks are all on the bill. Hear…
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
All the info you need to know to have the best and brightest Fourth of July fireworks in Stony Creek Metropark.
They’re loud, they’re bright and they’re big: fireworks! And this year, the Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration will be on July 2 at Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township. The booms and bangs will start at 10:10 p.m. at Baypoint Beach, but the Operations Administrator Gary Hopp recommends viewers arrive early to claim their spot. The fireworks, which began in 2000, are a joint operation between the park and Washington Township and are co-sponsored by Huntington Bank and the Washington Township Board of Trustees. While the fireworks are free for you, except for the vehicle entry permit of an annual pass or a $5 fee, they definitely are not free to put on. It costs $10,000 to run the fireworks operations with the metropark paying $8,…