Center Line’s vintage 1926 American LaFrance Type-75 Triple Pumper fire truck will lead the parade at the inaugural Cruisin’ 53 Center Line-Warren Car Cruise June 8. The cruise will coincide with Center Line’s fourth annual Independence Festival June 7-9.

Center Line’s vintage 1926 American LaFrance Type-75 Triple Pumper fire truck will lead the parade at the inaugural Cruisin’ 53 Center Line-Warren Car Cruise June 8. The cruise will coincide with Center Line’s fourth annual Independence Festival June 7-9.

Photo provided by the city of Center Line


Cruise, Center Line fest make for big weekend on Van Dyke

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 3, 2019

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CENTER LINE/WARREN — Why should Woodward Avenue and its neighboring communities get to have all the summertime car cruise and festival fun?

On June 8, 10 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue will be the epicenter of the very first Cruisin’ 53 Center Line-Warren Car Cruise. It’ll happen at the height of the fourth annual Center Line Independence Festival running June 7-9 at Memorial Park, just a few blocks away at Lawrence Avenue and Engleman Street, where a full schedule of live music, refreshments and family activities is planned. A fireworks show is set for dusk on June 8, the day of the cruise.

“We’re encouraging people to come out and cruise throughout the day,” said John Johnson, president of the Warren Area Chamber of Commerce, which coordinated the event to benefit the Warren Community Foundation and local groups in both Warren and Center Line.

Johnson said the cruise will set up its headquarters at 10 Mile and Van Dyke, in the parking lot of what was formerly the Essco Square plaza. Two more “hot spots” are planned: at Warren City Hall, just east of Van Dyke and north of 12 Mile Road; and at the former Maybelle Burnette Branch Library, on Van Dyke south of Nine Mile Road.

The cruise will feature a car show and parade.There will also be food trucks, games, family fun and music.  

The car show will begin in the parking lot on the northwest corner of 10 Mile and Van Dyke at 10 a.m. June 8. Registration runs from 9 a.m. to noon., with an awards presentation at 4 p.m.

The car parade will begin at the plaza at 10 Mile and Van Dyke and will run along the cruise route in Warren and Center Line, from Eight Mile to 14 Mile roads.

“It took off. I have heard nothing but good things,” said Donna Weatherby, director of marketing and special events for the Warren Area Chamber of Commerce.

Weatherby said she’s worked with Johnson on another smaller local cruise in the past, and she’d been asked many times why there hadn’t been an event organized on Van Dyke, given the strong automotive presence of the Big Three manufacturers and a host of dealerships.   

“They said, ‘It’s about time,’” Weatherby said, adding that “a lot had to do with timing” by coordinating the event with the city of Center Line’s signature summer festival.

Center Line City Manager Dennis Champine said the city’s fourth annual Independence Festival will kick off at 3 p.m. June 7. The first band of the “Flashback Friday” lineup will begin at 4 p.m. Live music, entertainment and activities will run until 11 p.m. Friday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on “Saddle-Up Saturday,” and from 11 a.m. to  6 p.m. on “Sunday Funday.”

The festival was organized by the Center Line Festival Foundation.

“We have three bands on Friday, a total of four on Saturday, and I believe two on Sunday,” Champine said. “We’ll have a beer tent, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, business vendors. Obviously, on Saturday the car cruise is happening. Our evening Saturday night is culminating with the fireworks display.”

Champine said those interested in attending the cruise, festival or fireworks can park at the FCA lot on Lawrence, where a shuttle service will be available. Free shuttles will run to and from the FCA lot to the festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, out to the cruise on Van Dyke on Saturday, and to the football field at Memorial Park on Saturday night for the fireworks. He said no self-parking will be available at the football field.

For more information about the inaugural Cruisin’ 53, visit www.cruisin53.com.

For more information about the fourth annual Center Line Independence Festival, visit www.centerlinefestival.org.

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