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Monday
Jun292009

Festivals And Fireworks In Metro Detroit

There is so much going on in Detroit this week, so many festivals and fireworks to choose from. I’m excited to celebrate Fourth of July in the States with my husband for the first time. It’s kind of funny though; we’re celebrating independence from his country.

I remember my first Fourth of July in the UK. I begged my husband to let me have a traditional American BBQ. His friends and family were very sweet, no one complained about the irony. Our neighbor let us borrow his American flag, he is a big fan of the States, and other friends brought various American paraphernalia. I wore my “Everybody loves an American Girl” t-shirt. I even decorated one of the cakes with the St. George's Cross, which is the English flag, to appease the masses and show my appreciation.

So, I’m looking forward to this week. Now, it’s just going to be hard to decided which festivals and fireworks to catch.

Here's a smattering of a few of the festivals going on in Metro Detroit this week:

Oh, what about the fireworks? Michigan Fireworks is currently listing 401 firework displays throughout Michigan. Just put in your city or a date and it'll give you the details.

So, how are you going to celebrate Independence Day? (I appologize to my UK and other global readers, I know you won't be celebrating!) If I've left off one of your favorite festivals that is happening this week, let me know.

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Lots of stuff to do this week. Glad your back to celebrate it here.

Hope you have at least one small Union Jack around the house for domestic fairness. Or better yet why not have a bonfire and party on Guy Fawke's Day?

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Tim,
That's a great idea, we'll have to do something special for Bonfire Night. We do have an England flag, but no Union Jack. The fireworks picture above was actually taken at Guy Fawke's fireworks (Bonfire Night) in Bournemouth, England right after we were married.

June 29, 2009 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

Hey Becks.
I'll bet that almost no-one around here will know the difference between and English Flag and the Union Jack. Which of course makes the St George's Cross a much more interesting flag (might create some conversation).

Interestingly the Basque (Spain) flag looks like a weird Union Jack. It has a red background with a white St George's Cross and and green St Andrew's Cross. I thought that was strange since the Basque are VERY Catholic.

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTim

We've spent many of the last few fourth of Julys away from home as it was one of the few long weekends we could get to travel...but it looks like this year will find us at home for a change. We're thinking of going down to Cityfest because there is some great music scheduled during the weekend!

Meanwhile, one of our favorite hometown celebrations from the occasions we've been home on the Fourth is to go the the Clawson Fourth of July parade. Lots of school bands, decorated bicycles, clowns, fire engines, floats and vehicles from local businesses and civic groups...as many as 200 entries some years! Clawson is close enough for us to ride our bicycles and stake a place along 14 Mile or Main Street for the parade. Clawson does the Fourth up surprisingly big for such a small town--lots of other events throughout the week like a carnival in the city park, a Miss Clawson contest (eesh!) and culminating in fireworks (again, we sometimes walk up to Clawson for the fireworks--avoiding the headache of traffic and parking).

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDominique

Michigan Fireworks is a great site. I already have gone to the Sandusky fireworks and Port Huron fireworks. I am planning to go to the Lexington Fireworks and maybe the Port Sanilac fireworks.

I have watched the Detroit Fireworks on TV. And will try to record the New york and Boston fireworks that will on on the fourth. LOL, fireworks!

I hope you have a good time celebrating back in Michigan. Though I am sure it was interesting over in the UK.

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWingsStef

Oh Tim,
See what you started? I would be amiss if I didn't say that the Union Standard is actually what we consider the British flag. The Union Jack would only be flown on water or on a vessel (or something like that). It is common in both British & American slang to call it the Union Jack. (Ok, honey, are you happy? I did my part).

Back to your original comment, I feel more of an association with St. George's Cross than I do with the Union Standard. It's interesting to look at the national views of the separate countries of the UK. Most Americans wouldn't know that some British Nationals (I'm going to get in trouble for that term) don't want to be called Brit's. They are English, Scots, Welsh, and Irish. Others don't give a toss!

How's that for creating conversation?

Running to look at the Basque flag---------->

June 29, 2009 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

Dominique,
We're looking to hit up Cityfest too. It looks to be a good time.
I have to say that Clawson is quite the little city. In the past I overlooked it, but it has some great independents. I've posted about Leon & Lulu's and Doc's Sweets, two of Clawson's independents, but there are many more. It's good to hear they have a fabulous 4th of July celebration as well.

June 29, 2009 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

Wow Stef! It's amazing that you've seen a few firework displays already with a few more planned. I have family in Sandusky, how were the fireworks up there?

I think we need to take a page out of your book for the week. Depending on work schedules, maybe we'll just put the date in Michigan Fireworks and go to which ever place takes our fancy.

June 29, 2009 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

As a history major these things fascinate me. Didn't the King's official title include, "King of France" until the late 19th or early 20th century? Wonder what the French thought of that.

Americans know so little of the history of other countries, even those that helped define and develop our form of government. How many here know of the English Civil Wars of the 1640s and the Glorious Revolution of 1688 that were so important in the thought processes and philosophies of the founders of the US?

Most of the "founding fathers" thought of themselves as Englishmen and were petitioning the George III demanding "the Rights of Englishmen" Only out of deep frustration and sorrow, and a bit of radicalism, did they finally declare independence.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Tim,
Funny that you mention Americans not knowing the history of other countries. I heard, many times while living in England, that Americans knew British history much more than the Brit's.

On the flip side, in the UK, I worked with many people younger than I who couldn't get their heads around the fact that I was Polish. Or, even that my ancestry was Polish. I had to explain that our country was only just over 200 years old and that we ALL came from elsewhere, besides the Native Americans.

Thanks for your insight Tim, I think I feel a blog post coming on!

July 1, 2009 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

Nice info know about uk national day St Georges day

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