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Dearborn’s Homecoming returns to Ford Field Park August 4-6

The 42nd annual Dearborn Homecoming Festival will return to Dearborn’s Ford Field Park Friday, Aug. 4 - Sunday, Aug. 6 at 22051 Cherry Hill Rd. The festival, which is presented by J&T Crova Towing, will include free musical performances and family activities, a fireworks show, food, and carnival rides, among other attractions.

Festival hours are 12-11 p.m., Friday-Sunday, though some activities may start earlier. Fireworks will take place on Saturday and Sunday evenings, following headline musical performances from Natasha Bedingfield and Tenille Arts, respectively.

All available information can be found at DearbornHomecoming.com

Grand opening

Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud will host a Grand Opening Ceremony at Ford Field Park on Friday, Aug. 4 at 12:30 p.m. to kick off the weekend festival. The Mayor will be available to speak with members of the media following a ribbon cutting and photos.

Entertainment lineup

The 2023 lineup includes a variety of musical genres, including rock, pop, and country.

Saturday night’s headliner, Natasha Bedingfield, will take to the main stage at 9 p.m. The Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum singer made her solo debut in 2004 and has since delivered hits that have topped international charts, including “Unwritten,” “These Words,” and “Pocketful of Sunshine,” among others.

Bedingfield’s performance on Saturday will be preceded by Main Stage performances from Michigan-rooted favorites, including Brother Elsey and Vespre, as well as performances on the festival’s new Cultural Pavilion Stage from Thowra Dabke Troupe and Ceolsige.

On Friday, the Cultural Pavilion Stage will see performances from The Kielbasa Kings and Pat Brennan beginning at 3:30 p.m., as well as Tosha Owens and The Santana Project on the Main Stage, followed by headliner Jody Raffoul Band starting at 8:45 p.m.

The festival’s musical entertainment will conclude on Sunday night featuring a Main Stage performance by country artist Tenille Arts at 9 p.m.

Arts was inducted into the prestigious CMT Next Women of County Class of 2021 and named one of the five 2021 CRS New Faces of Country Music. She was nominated for the ACM New Female Artist of the Year, iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Country Artist. Her “Back Then, Right Now” single led to CMT Music Awards nominations for Female Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year.

She will be preceded by Billy Gunther & The Midwest Riders and Corey Dakota on the Main Stage, as well as Kari Holmes and McKayla Prew on the Cultural Pavilion Stage at 3:30 p.m.

Food & Beverage

New to Dearborn Homecoming Festival in 2023 is the Food Truck Corridor, offering a wide variety of cuisine on wheels. In addition to food trucks, the Cultural Pavilion will feature Polish and Arab food vendors.

Beer and select non-alcoholic beverages will be sold by partnering Dearborn nonprofits and local vendors.

Returning to Homecoming in 2023 is the fan-favorite corn sale, hosted by the Dearborn Firefighter Burn Drive.

Activities

Attendees can also look forward to the return of Homecoming classics, including free children’s entertainment, art and crafts, and carnival rides, among other activities open from 12-10 p.m. all three days.

Patrons can purchase a full-day wristband to enjoy carnival rides and other activities. Wristbands are available for purchase online in advance at the Dearborn Homecoming Festival website for $25 or at the door for $30 on Friday, and $35 on Saturday and Sunday. Individual tickets are also available for purchase at the festival.

Other special activities during the Homecoming Festival include:

  • Homecoming Festival Arts District.
  • All-Stars Day on Friday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • The Dearborn Classic Car Show on Friday, Aug. 4 from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Bike Dearborn Family Ride on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Dearborn Decades 5K on Sunday, Aug. 6 at 8 a.m.

Shuttles & Parking

Parking and a free shuttle service will be provided for attendees. Limited paid parking is available at Ford Field Park off of South Brady St. for a fee of $10. There is no re-entry granted for parking if you choose to leave the lot and return later in the day.

Homecoming proudly provides a complimentary shuttle service with pickups from the following locations:
Dearborn High School, 19501 West Outer Dr., Dearborn, MI 48124
Dearborn Fresh, 13661 Colson St., Dearborn, MI 48126
Shuttles will run from noon to midnight each day of the festival. Shuttle dropoff and pickup will be located on the south side of Ford Field Park, near the parking and carnival areas.

All information about times and locations can be found at DearbornHomecoming.com

Class reunions

Alumni of Dearborn Public Schools and Dearborn-based schools are invited to reconnect with classmates in the festival’s Reunion Area class reunion tent, presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group. Reunions will be held on the following days:

Saturday: Dearborn High, Edsel Ford, Sacred Heart
Sunday: Fordson, Lowrey, St. Alphonsus

Sponsors make Homecoming possible

Dearborn Homecoming Festival is organized by the City of Dearborn and presented by J&T Crova Towing. A full list of the Festival’s generous supporters can be found on the Dearborn Homecoming Festival website.

More information

For additional updates and information, visit DearbornHomecoming.org and follow the City’s official social media platforms @DearbornGov. More information is available on the Festival’s Instagram page, @DearbornHCFest.

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City Of Dearborn To Host Special 70th Anniversary Commemoration For Korean War Armistice Day, Dedicate New Living Memorial

Veterans of the Korean War will be honored as the City of Dearborn joins the country in marking the 70th anniversary of the conflict on Saturday, July 29. As part of the commemoration this year, the City, along with the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council and the Korean American Community of Detroit, will join for a rededication of the City’s Korean War Living Memorial.

Community members are invited to attend the event, which will take place at 3:30 p.m. on July 29 at Veterans Park located at Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave.

The event will honor the 26 Dearborn veterans and the 33,652 Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice, along with more than 103,000 veterans who were wounded during the conflict.

Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud stated, “We are coming together to honor Dearborn's veterans, embracing those who carried the scars of war. As we rededicate Dearborn’s living memorial this weekend, we do so with the promise that their sacrifices will echo in the community and beyond.”

In 2001, the City of Dearborn was designated as an official “National Commemorative Community” by the U.S. Department of Defense. This signified the beginning of a series of ceremonies and commemorations, and is when the original Living Memorial was installed in recognition, remembrance and gratitude for those veterans who served in the Korean War.

The rededication of the memorial includes a brand new monument in honor of the commemoration.

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day is observed annually on July 27. Each year, the President of the United States issues a proclamation announcing the day as a day of national observance in honor of Korean War veterans and their families.

 

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Michigan Magnet Man to visit Dearborn Public Library

Dearborn Public Library will host a program on Magnet Fishing presented by the Michigan Magnet Man, Tanner Torrez, on Tuesday, July 25 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Henry Ford Centennial Library auditorium. Registration is not required.

Torrez will deliver a lecture on the fundamentals on magnet fishing including gear selection, locating ideal fishing locations, proper metal disposal, responsible metal fishing practices, and more handling potential issues.

The program will conclude with a dedicated Q&A session and time for attendees to explore some of Torrez’s best magnet fishing finds.

More information can be found at DearbornLibrary.org or by calling 313-943-2330. Follow the Dearborn Public Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for other upcoming events and announcements.

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City of Dearborn to offer cooling centers, advises residents to prepare for extreme weather this week

Beginning Thursday, July 27, the City of Dearborn will operate five cooling centers throughout the city to assist residents in coping with increasingly hot temperatures, which are forecasted to swell to above 95 degrees Fahrenheit through Friday, July 28.

Cooling center locations will be open during regular building hours at the following locations:

  • The Dearborn Police Department Lobby, 16909 Michigan Ave. (24 hours, seven days a week)
  • The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. (Monday-Friday from 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave. (Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and closed on Sundays)
  • Bryant Library, 22100 Michigan Ave.
  • Esper Library, 12929 Warren Ave.

Residents can seek relief from the heat at Bryant Library and Esper Library on Thursday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Both buildings will be closed to the public on Friday and Sunday.

Fire Department Chief Joseph Murray stated, “We want to ensure that community members know how to stay cool and safe in these extreme weather conditions. As we prepare for temperatures to climb in the coming days, it is critical that everyone takes the appropriate measures to protect their health and to help their neighbors to do the same.”

In preparation for the high temperatures expected this week, the Fire Department encourages residents to pay close attention to the signs of heat-related illnesses and know how to prevent them. Symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness and dizziness, headaches, nausea, fainting, high body temperature, an abnormally strong pulse, and confusion.

Chief Murray added, “Heat-related illnesses are dangerous, especially as symptoms can quickly progress from mild to severe. If you suspect that you have a heat-related illness, find shade and seek medical care immediately.”

In addition to the heat, Dearborn residents are advised of an increased likelihood for strong storms in the area throughout the remainder of this week. The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) is advising community members to exercise caution by refraining from running washing machines and dishwashers during heavy rain events as both activities can contribute to flooding and overflow.

For more information and weather updates in Dearborn, subscribe to Nixle alerts. To sign up, text your zip code to 888-777.

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