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Ann Arbor Lights Up to Celebrate July 4th

While it’s always easy to find fun weekend activities in Ann Arbor, the long holiday celebration of America’s independence promises to be cram-packed with excitement. There are loads of events planned throughout the weekend and, even if you’re not a “fireworks person,” you can make plans now to get out of the house and enjoy the beautiful summer weather. Our community is offering up as much excitement or relaxation as you can handle!

Things kick off on Saturday morning at 10:30am. Take the kids to downtown Ypsilanti, where they can actually participate in the annual Independence Day Parade. Bring along a decorated bike, wagon, or tricycle and lead the library’s bookmobile (the Navigator) in the parade.

Don’t forget the Farmer’s Market in the Kerrytown District, which has been going strong for 91 years. From 7am to 3pm, you can enjoy locally grown food, plants, handcrafts and prepared food items.  If you want some fresh corn for dinner or  some strawberries to make your famous Fourth of July-themed cake, come on down!

Saturday evening, you’ll want to enjoy the sounds of Big Pinky and the Joint Effort Band from 7-11pm at Hudson Mills Metropark near Dexter. Plan to arrive early; the band will break for the fireworks display at 10pm.  

On Sunday morning, lace up your running shoes and head downtown for the Firecracker 5K to get your internal engines revved up for celebration. This family-friendly event begins at 8am, followed by the 100-meter Kids Dash at 9:30am. Whether you participate, or just cheer from the sidelines,  stay for the 20th Annual Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July Parade from 11am-1pm.

At 5pm or 8pm, head over to the Power Center to enjoy a tasteful blend of musical and political comedy with Capitol Steps.  Billing themselves as “the only group in America that attempts to be funnier than the politicians,” the Capitol Steps is a troupe of current and former Congressional staffers who satirize the very people and places that once employed them. Come on out for an Ann Arbor Summer Festival Fourth of July tradition.

However you choose to enjoy the long holiday weekend, you can plan to enjoy freedom from renting by checking out some great homes or condo currently on the Ann Arbor real estate market. If you’re thinking of relocating to Washtenaw County, Martin Bouma – your Ann Arbor real estate expert – can help you just the right place to declare your own residential independence.

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