Music and fireworks will be highlights of celebration

going-placescJoint concerts by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band, plus a fife and drum parade, will highlight Greenfield Village’s annual Salute to America, a four-day celebration of the Fourth of July scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. June 30 to July 3.

A rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” by the orchestra will be accompanied by authentic cannon fire and fireworks each evening.

Visitors will find village buildings decorated in red white and blue, and will enjoy food prepared by the village’s culinary staff or take along picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets. Umbrellas are suggested, also, as the concert will be held outdoors, rain or shine.

General-admission tickets are $29, adults, and $19.50, youths. Children under 2 are free. For tickets or more information, call 313-982-6001.

Uncle Sam Jam coming

The annual Uncle Sam Jam, which will return to Woodhaven July 6 to 9, will offer not only the usual carnival rides, interactive displays, arts and crafts, food booths, concerts and fireworks, but also camel and monster-truck rides.

The festival will take place at Civic Center Park, 23101 Hall Road, from 4 to 11 p.m. July 6; 4 p.m. to midnight July 7; noon to midnight July 8; and noon to 10 p.m. July 9. There is no admission charge.

The band Ratt will appear in concert from 6 to 11 p.m. July 7; Uncle Kracker, 6 to 11:30 July 8; and Your Generation, 6 to 10:30 p.m. July 9.

For information about VIP tickets for the concerts, go to

Art & Music concert slated

The Brothers Groove, winners of more than 40 Detroit music awards and known as the “virtuoso-jazz-funk alchemists” will be the featured band July 5 in the Taylor Conservatory Music & Art in the Gardens concert series.

Concergoers will be admitted at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments and early seating on the great lawn of the concert venue, 22314 Northline.

General admission to the concert, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is $5, with no charge for children 5 and younger. Food, provided by the Bierkeller Tavern & Eatery, and beverages will be available for purchase.

Attendees are being encouraged to provide their own blankets and lawn chairs, as seating will be limited. Parking will be free.

The concert will take place rain or shine, but may be moved to an indoor facility in case of threatening weather. For weather updates or additional information, call 888-383-4108 or go to

Coming up . . .

June through August — One-hour yoga classes, at the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 22314 Northline; $10 for walk-ins; for all ages and skill levels; the instructor is Connie Fedel of Taylor Yoga; for more information, call 888-383-4108 or go to

July 7 — Guided walking tour of Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 W. Jefferson in Detroit; part of a series of investigative tours of the fort including ghost stories and legends; tours from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m.; preregistration required at, because tours usually sell out; tickets, $30, include secured parking; guests must be at least 10 years old; those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian; cameras and recording devices are permitted.

July 12-15 — Annual Wyandotte Street Art Fair; along Biddle Avenue between Eureka and Oak streets in downtown Wyandotte; one of Michigan’s largest art fairs, with fine art, music, food and activities for all ages.

July 14-16 — PNC annual Roar on the River, with a kickoff Taste of the Races featuring specialties of local restaurants and after party followed by fireworks; at Elizabeth Park in Trenton.

July 22, 23— Annual Czech and Slovak Festival, at the Sokol Cultural Center, 23600 W. Warren, Dearborn Heights.