UPDATED: Northville Fourth of July Parade Info, Route Change and Street Closures
Here's what you need to know about the Independence Day parade.
Headed to the Fourth of July parade in downtown Northville? Here's some information that might be helpful.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. and usually lasts around an hour. This year's theme is "Let Freedom Ring!"
St. Mary Mercy Hospital sponsors the event, which is hosted by the Northville Community Foundation.
The parade features the following:
- Michigan Philharmonic
- Plymouth Fife and Drum Band
- Northville High School Marching Band
- Army Band
- Paws from the Detroit Tigers
- Shooter from the Plymouth Whalers
- Vintage and classic cars
- Bike parade
- Pet parade
- Herbie the Love Bug
Note that the parade route has changed this year to avoid summer construction on Main and Rogers streets. To bypass roadwork, the parade will not go down Main Street west of Wing and will not go down Rogers. The new route is as follows:
- Griswold Street to Main Street
- Main Street to Wing Street
- Wing Street to Cady Street
- Cady Street to First Street
- First Street to Fairbrook Street
- Fairbrook Street back to Northville Downs
The city police department has outlined street closures and a recommended route. The map is viewable on Google maps by clicking here.
As Northville Patch blogger Tom Gudritz writes, there may be a tighter fit because of all the summer construction. He, as a resident of Main Street, advises spectators to come early to grab a viewing spot.
Children of all ages are invited to decorate their bikes and enter the bike parade. Bikes should be decorated before the parade and children should arrive by 9:15 a.m. at the northwest parking lot at Sheldon and Seven Mile roads. Children do not have to pre-register.
Pet owners are invited to bring their dog, cat, bird, fish or any other animal to be in the pet parade. If you would like to march in the parade with your pet, you must pre-reregister by calling (248) 374-0200 or you may download the application.
After the Parade
Check out the Independence Day events at Mill Race Village beginning after the parade at 11 a.m. Festivities will include Civil War Soldiers from the American Civil War Shooting Association next to the Yerkes House, the King’s 8th Regiment (Detroit 1768-1785). Also check out the Hirsch Exhibit Hall open with the display “On the Site: Celebrating 40 Years of Mill Race Historical Village." A race car from parade will also be on display. Free food, including ice cream from the Northville Democratic Club. The General Store will also be open for business.
Bad news. There's a chance of showers and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. It's also expected to be partly sunny and hot, with a high near 97 degrees.