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21st Annual Salute to America July 3-6, 2013 (6-10pm) at Greenfield Village

A classic Independence Day celebration with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
The party offers music Americana, 19th-century lawn games, picnics and favorite eats from The Henry Ford’s award-winning chefs. Concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture featuring the historic cannon of Loomis Battery. Amazing fireworks display accompanied by live patriotic music to immediately follow.

July 4th is the quintessential American holiday. No single event defines us quite like that day in 1776 when we declared our independence from the tyranny of British rule. Small wonder that July 4th remains our most festive public holiday: parades, concerts, fireworks, ceremonial readings of the Declaration of Independence — they have been mainstays of this most American celebration for 236 years. Join us as Greenfield Village and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra continue this tradition by proudly presenting the 21st annual Salute to America concerts.

This is an outdoor event and is held rain or shine. Click here to read our severe weather policy before purchasing tickets.

Bank of America customers click here to download your Family Fun Nights coupon.

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Gates open at 6:00pm for general public.

Pre-concert musical entertainment featuring the First Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps led by Mark Logsdon

Kids activities including 19th-century lawn games and a special visit from members of Greenfield Village’s historic baseball teams!

Prelude Concert featuring the River Raisin Ragtime Revue with musical direction by William Pemberton

Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert. Leonard Slatkin, Conductor

Amazing fireworks finale accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with live cannon fire.

We regret there can be no refunds, even in the event of inclement weather. All programs and artists subject to change. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted unless purchased on site. A complete list of entrance policies will be included with your tickets.

VIP TICKETS (special parking and seating package) $50 PER PERSON

Members & Non-Members
ADVANCE MEMBER ADULT age 13 & up $19
ADVANCE NON-MEMBER ADULT age 13 & up $22.50
CHILDREN 4 & under are free

Parking is $5 per vehicle.
A service fee of $2.50 will be applied to all Call Center sales. No service fees are applied to online orders.

Pricing subject to change.
what to bring, what to wear
Greenfield Village is spread over dozens of acres– the location of the concert stage is in Walnut Grove (approximately 1/2 mile from the front gates of Greenfield Village). Comfortable clothing and comfortable walking shoes are a must. The concert will be held outdoors, rain or shine. Dressing for the weather is a must. Bring umbrellas / rain gear and prepare for a wide range of temperatures.

Lawn seating only. Seating will not be provided! We recommend you bring folding chairs or lawn blankets.

Wheelchairs can be rented, but must be rented in advance of the event– please inquire when purchasing tickets, or call the call center at 313-982-6001 to make a reservation. You are welcome to bring your own wheelchair or scooter, however, upright scooters (Segways) are not allowed on premises. You are welcome to bring your own children’s stroller or wagon, however, recreational scooters, bicycles or in-line/in-sole skates are not allowed inside the Village gates.

Bring a camera; photography is allowed in all areas of the Village.

Please do not bring alcoholic beverages; outside alcohol is not permitted. All packages will be searched for alcohol at the Village gates. Beer and wine are available for purchase inside Greenfield Village.

Attire is business casual to casual.
Tickets to Salute to America are available online, through The Henry Ford Call Center (open 7 days a week, 9am – 5pm) 313-982-6001 and at all admissions counters. Tickets can be mailed when reservations are made 2 weeks or more in advance. Tickets purchased less than 2 weeks out will be held at Village Will Call. General ticket holders enter at Greenfield Village main entrance gates.

VIP Tickets include priority front-stage seating and parking passes to Eagle Tavern Parking Lot (closer to the event field). VIP ticket holders may enter from Eagle Lane Gate and drive around the back of the Village to the Eagle Tavern Parking Lot.

The Art of Building with LEGO® Exhibit at The Henry Ford Museum

Draw inspiration for creating your own designs from the LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition exhibition in Henry Ford Museum. LEGO® Certified Professional Adam Reed Tucker has re-created famous landmarks entirely with LEGO® bricks. The exhibition includes 13 models: Fallingwater, 7 South Dearborn, Chicago Spire, John Hancock Center, Marina City, Willis Tower, Trump Tower, Burj Khalifa, Empire State Building, St Louis Arch, TransAmerica Building, Jin Mao Tower and one of the World Trade Center towers.

Explore the architectural wonders, and then start your own construction project in the nearby play pit. When finished with your masterpiece, place it on our large-scale LEGO® city map that will grow in size with every new builder’s addition.

LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition was developed by the National Building Museum, Washington D.C. Play area sponsored through in-kind donation from LEGO® Systems, Inc. LEGO®, its logo and the brick and knob configuration are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2010-12 The LEGO Group.

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Opening Weekend, November 3 & 4
See architectural artist Adam Reed Tucker build a LEGO® version of the Detroit landmark Ford Field.

LEGO® Create
After drawing inspiration from awe-inspiring structures, visitors are encouraged to create buildings to include in a LEGO® community. Using principles of good urban design, you’ll be invited to create a building from one of the four categories — residential, commercial, institutional and industrial — and then place the LEGO® models on a large-scale city map.
Daily through February 24, 9:30am–5pm
Inside Museum Gallery

LEGO® train
Don’t miss our LEGO® train created by Michigan LEGO® User Group
Daily through February 24, 9:30am-5pm
Near Allegheny Locomotive

Duplo® & Soft LEGO® Play Area
1- to 5-year–olds.
Daily through February 24, 9:30am–5pm
Depot Town – near the Allegheny Locomotive

Learn to Build Saturdays!
Make and buy OR make and leave.
Every weekend December 1–30, 10am–4pm

Brick Challenge with Nick Brickly
A double-dare-style LEGO® challenge with Michigan LEGO® User Group
Every Saturday, January 5–26, 11:30am–2pm

Adam Reed Tucker Returns!
Last time to see and meet architecture artist Adam Reed Tucker.
February 23–24

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“Fitting out” the Texaco service bay in Driving America

The new Driving America Exhibit is ONLY 5 days away from opening at the Henry Ford Museum! This remarkable mix of hundreds of historically significant vehicles, artifacts, digital media, interactive play and personal accounts, makes this exhibit like no other exhibit!

Driving America will offer a brand-new opportunity for kids to pretend they’re auto mechanics. And what better place for this to occur than inside the service bay of the Texaco station—a space that’s been closed to the public since this historic building was brought to Henry Ford Museum in 1987?

Inside this newly-opened space, kids will be able to change tires and mufflers, check fluids and filters, and use a creeper to glide under a ¾-scale, 1960s-era car. Our Education team has made sure that these activities are safe, easy to understand, and age-appropriate.

But the curators got a different assignment:  create the atmosphere of an auto garage from the 1960s era using real artifacts. We are, after all, a history museum. We pride ourselves on authenticity. And we wanted to include real objects that adults could relate to and talk about with kids who had never heard of things like rust-proofing.

But how to go about creating that atmosphere?

We looked at old pictures of service bay interiors (there weren’t many). We shared our memories (or those of our husbands or fathers) of old auto garage interiors. We considered what was available from our own collection and what could be acquired through outside sources. (The designation “NOS” on eBay turned out to be a goldmine to the world of “new old stock” auto accessories.)

Just furnishing the space as a look-in would have been easy, but the ultimate challenge was that people would be entering this space, potentially touching and interacting with these items. So we determined that some things would be placed low and would invite touching (like the hubcaps), while rarer items, like the license plates, would be placed higher up.

It’s sometimes hard for us literal-minded curators to think about how to furnish a space that’s “just pretend”…but that’s what we tried to do here.

Do you have any memories of old full-service stations like our Texaco one, or remember hearing details of them from your parents or grandparents? Share them in the comments section below – and be sure to check out the Texaco Service Bay when “Driving America” opens this Sunday, January 29!

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