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The Friday 5 — June 28-30

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published June 26, 2019

1. St. Clair Shores fireworks
Friday, June 28 • Veterans Memorial Park, St. Clair Shores

St. Clair Shores will hold its annual fireworks display beginning at dusk this Friday, June 28. The rain date is the following day, June 29.

The fireworks will be shot off from a barge just off the shore of Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave. Gates open at 2 p.m., and the park will host activities including inflatable bouncers for kids, a petting zoo, food vendors, live music and face painting. The splash pad will be open until dusk. 

General admission at the gate costs $3 each for every visitor, resident or nonresident. For more information, visit

Related story: Fireworks coming to St. Clair Shores June 28

2. Mount Clemens fireworks
Friday, June 28 • Mount Clemens

Mount Clemens is preparing to light up the night sky during its annual Independence Day celebration fireworks along the riverfront June 28.

Organizers say the show is slated to start at dusk — approximately 10 p.m. — and can best be viewed from Clinton River Park, along Gratiot Avenue, between Crocker Boulevard and Dickinson Street. The evening’s festivities will kick off with the Riversight and Sound Concert, which is sponsored by Oakland University-Macomb. Nightline will take the gazebo stage at 7:30 p.m.Various food trucks and other vendors will also be on hand. 

For more information, visit the Downtown Mount Clemens Facebook page.  

Related story: The Clem to celebrate Independence Day June 28

3. Clawson pre-Fourth festivities
June 28-30 • Clawson

Clawson is well-known for its annual Fourth of July extravaganza, and the city is getting the party started early with events throughout the weekend. 

On Friday, June 28, the popular Mack firetruck rides will begin. A historic firetruck will cruise the streets of the city, picking up children and giving them free rides around the block. On Saturday, June 29, the Kiddie Parade will take place at 10:30 a.m., beginning at Clawson High School, 101 John M Ave., and ending at City Park, followed by food in the park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Sunday, June 30, the city will sponsor a free fun run at 7 p.m., followed by the 5K Freedom Run at 7:30 p.m., both at the park.

For more information, visit

Related story: Clawson gears up for annual Fourth of July extravaganza

4. Pre-Fourth of July Festival in the Park
Sunday, June 30 • Madison Heights

Madison Heights will hold its annual Pre-Fourth of July Festival in the Park this Sunday, June 30, at Civic Center Park, located on the north side of 13 Mile Road, west of John R Road.

The festival will kick off at 6 p.m. with food vendors and offstage entertainment. Live music will start at 7:30 p.m., and the fireworks will start at 10 p.m., lasting about 20-30 minutes. 

A new addition this year is an exchange for plants and gardening tools at a table hosted by the Environmental Citizens Committee. Among the other attractions will be inflatables, face painting, henna tattoos, sand art and a variety of food vendors. 

Related story: Festival in the Park will feature fireworks, plant exchange, more


5. Grosse Pointe Theatre presents ‘Annie’ 
June 28-29 • Grosse Pointe Woods

This is the final weekend to catch the Grosse Pointe Theatre production of “Annie,” the classic musical about an orphan’s search for her parents in Great Depression-era New York City. 

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Christian A. Fenton Performing Arts Center, located on the Grosse Pointe North High School campus at 707 Vernier Road in Grosse Pointe Woods. Tickets cost $25. Free valet parking is available. For tickets or more information, visit or call (313) 881-4004.

Related story: Production of ‘Annie’ pays tribute to Grosse Pointe Theatre’s family

Staff Writers Kristyne Demske, Julie Snyder, Sarah Wojcik, Andy Kozlowski and K. Michelle Moran contributed to this report