2022 Salute to America brings the most popular elements from past years

The Picks and Sticks String Band performs during 'Salute to America' at Greenfield Village. (Gloria Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)

Dearborn, Mich. — As we celebrate the 4th of July, the “Salute to America” was held at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.

The Henry Ford partnered with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to showcase an Independence Day program of songs such as “The Star Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” the Armed Forces Salute and the 1812 overture by Tchaikovsky, among others.  The huge stage was situated on Christie Street across from the Village Green where people brought chairs as they watched the performance.   

At the end of the evening at 9:55 p.m., the fireworks were accompanied with music from the DSO.  The 1st Michigan Colonel Fife & Drum Corps performed at the entrance of Greenfield Village then moved on down Main Street ending around the Village Green.

Also near the entrance and in front of the Ford Motor Company building was the Dodworth Saxhorn Band playing the German polka on their 19th-century brass instruments.  It just made you want to dance in the streets.

Near the Edison statue there was Ragtime piano music.  As we strolled further, there was a traditional String Band performed by Picks & Sticks.  Down the road from there was Rev. Robert Jones playing some blues music on the Mattox family home front porch.  There were several ensembles of music performing songs of American history throughout the Village.

Finding food was no problem.  From the Market District, Sir John Bennett Sweet Shop, a popcorn stand, ice cream trucks to a cotton candy truck, there were many choices to choose from.  We stopped at A Taste of History for a bite to eat and followed up with frozen custard for dessert.

“Salute to America” was a great way to celebrate our Independence Day in America.  It is a memory that will last a lifetime.

Greenfield Village is located at 20900 Oakwood Blvd. Dearborn, Mich. For tickets or more info, go to https://www.thehenryford.org/visit/greenfield-village/

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