Spectacular fireworks, Healthy Dearborn activities, Car Cruise, carnival and other favorites return

 

Dearborn will celebrate its 38th annual Homecoming August 4-6 at Ford Field Park with new attractions, including an Arab American Tent with food and entertainment in the tradition of the festival’s Polish American Shelter, Italian American Shelter and two dozen booths run by local charities, veterans groups and cultural organizations.

The festival is also adding to Friday’s offerings with a Family Fun Day, scheduling free children’s activities that previously were only on Saturday and Sunday. More additions will be confirmed soon by the City of Dearborn and the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund, which present the festival.

Beaumont Health is the presenting sponsor once again.

And, as always, the festival will feature spectacular fireworks on Saturday and Sunday; two dozen carnival rides, including an exciting roller coaster; delicious festival food; world-class entertainment, including headliner Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx on Saturday; as well as scores of healthy, family-fun activities and high school class reunion picnics.

The new Arab American Tent, organized by ACCESS and one of its three national institutions, the Arab American National Museum (AANM), is a welcome addition to Homecoming. Featuring Arab food, including halal offerings; desserts; entertainment, the AANM Store, information tables, giveaways and more, the tent expands upon the presence that ACCESS and the AANM have had for the last two years at Homecoming.

The new tent will be at an old site—on the eastern edge of the festival’s main parking lot, where the Polis American Tent had operated for years before moving to the South Shelter at Ford Field Park.

ACCESS and the AANM also will continue to engage families at the children’s activity area at the top of the hill.

“Our Homecoming festival has always been a place for our community to celebrate, and to connect with friends and neighbors, so adding the Arab American Tent means even more chances to enjoy good conversations, food and music, together,” Mayor O’Reilly said.

“We’re glad that along with our Polish and Italian tents, and our many nonprofit groups, the new Arab American tent is expanding the scope of the festival. It gives us another way to showcase Dearborn to the 125,000 visitors from around the region who come to the festival,” Mayor O’Reilly said.

“This is a community that is proud of its diversity and of Dearborn being a welcoming place. ACCESS is proud to present the Arab American tent and looks forward to the continued celebration of our rich history and diverse heritage as a city,” said Hassan Jaber, ACCESS executive director and CEO.

Last year, the City and the DCF introduced a wide range of healthy activities, including a 5K run, and a family bike ride, to the festival as part of the Healthy Dearborn initiative. Those – and more – will return in 2017.

Festival activities are at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill, generally from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Sunday Aug. 4-6, although some activities may start earlier or later. Free shuttles and free parking are available offsite.

Visit www.cityofdearborn.org/homecoming for more information about the festival and registration for events.