Center Line ready to celebrate with Independence Festival

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 1, 2018

 The Center Line Independence Festival will run from Thursday through Saturday, June 7-9, at Memorial Park on Lawrence Avenue north of 10 Mile Road, with a carnival in the park running throughout the festival and extending through Sunday, June 10.

The Center Line Independence Festival will run from Thursday through Saturday, June 7-9, at Memorial Park on Lawrence Avenue north of 10 Mile Road, with a carnival in the park running throughout the festival and extending through Sunday, June 10.

File photo by Sean Work

CENTER LINE — After months of planning, three days of fun, food and family-friendly activities — including a Saturday night fireworks finale — are set to go off in Center Line for a third straight year.

The Center Line Independence Festival will run from Thursday through Saturday, June 7-9, at Memorial Park on Lawrence Avenue north of 10 Mile Road, with a carnival in the park running throughout the festival and extending through Sunday, June 10.

“The goal is to have more events and activities throughout the year that will draw young families to our community, and hopefully they’ll consider Center Line as a great place to live, work and play,” City Manager Dennis Champine said. “Our vision is to create an environment where people want to come to Center Line and check us out and see what a cool, small-town lifestyle we have in the heart of metro Detroit.”

Again this year, each night of the festival will feature live music with a dedicated theme.

Thursday’s “High School Reunion” theme invites festivalgoers from across the area to celebrate with old classmates. Music for June 7 will feature the Jibs Brown Trio.

The following night, once again, will be “Flashback Friday,” with music from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Scheduled performers for June 8 include Eastside Drive, American Band and a headline set from Detroit’s own Mega 80s.

“Saddle Up Saturday” will feature a lineup of country music from Bob & Carl, Cadillac Cowboys and Drew Hale. The festival will draw to a close after a 10 p.m. fireworks finale on Saturday night.

Activities spread across all three festival days include food trucks, and a beer tent operated by the Knights of Columbus.

Pony rides and a petting zoo will be available from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and from 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Jedi Training will run from 8:45 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday only.

The Center Line Lions will host a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Activities beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday include square dancers, husband and wife calling contests, Cirque Amongus and The Spoon Man.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a lot of people. We consolidated it so the carnival is right in with the festival, and the fireworks are going to be the finale on Saturday night,” Mayor Bob Binson said. “We’re still having the carnival on Sunday. We’re hoping to have good weather.”

For more information about the 2018 Center Line Independence Festival, call (586) 757-6800 or visit www.centerlinefestival.org.