Holy hot dogs and highly explosive materials – it’s America’s birthday! And get ready, because this year she’s going all out with some wicked party plans, and we’re sending out the invites.

So if you’re sick of hearing your obnoxious and well to do boss brag all week about taking his new Flyboard out on Torch lake this weekend, then we’ve got a few options for you to blow off some steam.

Whatever you’re plans, let us heed the words of our forefathers and look ever toward the future…er, at least to this weekend, and get ready for a good time.

Happy holidays!


Friday, July 3

Simulacrum By Paolo Pedini: Open House MixerThe Heidelberg Project, POST-HAB Gallery at the Number House – 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Here’s a cool one for the early part of your Friday evening. Local artist Paolo Pedini presents his new project, Simulacrum, at one of Detroit’s most infamous art venues. Presented alongside Paolo’s creative mixed media work will be On Scene, by Melissa Weckler, which portrays the hard working men and women of the Detroit Fire Department. The event is donation based, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the DPD. Drinks will be served.

Rib Fest – Friday- Sunday – Royal Oak Farmer’s Market – If you worked up an appetite cruising the Heidelberg, then head just north of the city limits to the Royal Oak Farmers Market for the kick off of Rib Fest! This family-friendly event features live music, craft beer, kid zone, monster truck rides, rib cook-off, pig races and more. Admission to the event is free and you can purchase tickets for items inside the once inside. The musical line up will include Detroit Favorites The Howling Diablos, The Beggars, Thornetta Davis, and more. Save yourself the trouble of BBQ’ing at home and swing by this great event – bibs will be provided.

Hours For Rib Fest: Friday 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Saturday, July 4

Vision Quest 4th of July Party and BBQ – 12 p.m. – 2 a.m. – TV Lounge – If your ears are still functioning after attending your local fireworks show, make your way to TV Lounge for some smooth grooves and a patio party for the ages. Presented by Riverside Groove, the event features a slew of DJs from both Detroit and abroad. Tickets are limited and only available at the door, so don’t wait too long to show up or you might miss out. Be sure to check out the Riverside Groove website for advanced tickets to the August festival, and for more killer pre-parties like this one.

For Free Family Day At The Michigan Science Center – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – The Ford Motor Company Fund presents a day of free admission to the Michigan Science Center!  Start your independence day with the new Robot Lab and Nano exhibits, live shows on the Chrysler Science Stage, DTE Energy Sparks Theater, or explore the rest of the 250+ hands-on exhibit. The fireworks don’t start till the sun goes down, so head downtown early for some nerdy fun!

Sunday, July 5


Detroit Diggs Deeper – Sunday – 5pm – If you’re looking for a little extra movement on your lazy Sunday, cruise over to Garage Cultural off of Livernois in Southwest Detroit for an afternoon of music and creative dance performances. DIGG DEEPER is a national organization who’s mission is to create a platform for dancers to express themselves freely and to provide the community access the talent that exists around them. Similar events have been held across the country from Cali to North Carolina, and now the exciting showcase comes to the D. Tickets are available at the door for $7. To learn more about the Digg Deeper organization, check out their website!

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