Salute to America Returns to Greenfield Village as a Strolling Event

Enjoy patriotic tunes from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra while walking the grounds of the Dearborn attraction
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Members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra are pictured above during a previous Salute to America event. For this year’s event, they’ll be stationed across Greenfield Village in smaller ensembles. // Photography by KMS Photography

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is returning to Greenfield Village in Dearborn for a four-day patriotic celebration called Salute to America: Summer Stroll. Typically, the annual event takes place as a large, seated concert. However, with COVID-19 safety in mind, it’s been reimagined this year into a format that allows guests to walk the grounds of the village at their own pace while taking in the sounds of the symphony.

Held from June 30 to July 3, the evening event will feature performances by smaller DSO chamber ensembles, which will be stationed in various areas across Greenfield Village. Attendees can walk around at their leisure to hear Americana and patriotic tunes played by the symphony’s musicians. Sections of the orchestra — brass, woodwinds, strings, etc. — will rotate throughout the evening.

Historical music groups — including the ragtime piano group Taslimah Bey, Brassworks Entertainment jazz trio, and the North Star Choral Group — will also be performing. And guests can enjoy a series of classic decade vignettes, historical building experiences, free rides on the Herschell-Spillman Carousel, a drum parade, and food and beverage options that include summer street food, cold treats, and craft beer. A fireworks finale will close out each night.

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Salute to America guests can enjoy a fireworks show at the end of each night of the event. // Photography by KMS Photography

Member tickets for Salute to America are now on sale; tickets for non-members will be available tomorrow. Member pricing for Salute to America is $27.25 for adults, $24.50 for seniors ages 62 and up, and $20.50 for youth 5-11 years old. Non-member pricing is $32 for adults, $28.75 for seniors, and $22.50 for youth. There is no entrance cost for those 4 and younger.

Face masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests. Those who are unvaccinated are required to wear masks in indoor spaces, but they may remove them if they’re outside and socially distanced or seated and dining at a restaurant.

For more information, visit thehenryford.org.

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