What Can You Do on the Fourth of July?

Is the whole family at home today but you're still not sure what to do with them? Here's five things happening today in and around Birmingham.

It's the Fourth of July, you have the day off work, but you're still wondering: what should I do?

While Birmingham may have shot off its fireworks last night, and many city offices — including the library — are closed, there's still plenty to do either in town or a short drive down the road. Here's five ideas:

1. Clawson's Fourth of July celebration

The city of Clawson takes the Fourth of July seriously. This year, enjoy a parade at 10 a.m., a pancake breakfast at Clawson's United Methodist Church, a mother/daughter softball game and an arts and crafts fair. Everything caps off with a fireworks show at 10 p.m. For a full line-up of the fun, visit .

2. Fourth of July at Greenfield Village

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will be at Greenfield Village tonight for its 20th annual Salute to America concert. With the gates opening at 6 p.m., pre-concert entertainment includes the First Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps, as well as various kids activities including 19th century lawn games and a special visit from Greenfield Village's historic baseball team.

The prelude concert will feature the River Raisin Ragtime Revue, followed by the DSO, led Wednesday night by Conductor Leonard Slatkin. U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) will narrate the concert. A fireworks display accompanied by live cannon fire will end the evening.

3. Wild Summer Nights concert

Head down to the on July 4 to check out the first of the zoo's Wild Summer Night concert series: a performance from the Gia Warner Band. Guests can pack a picnic and bring a blanket to watch the concert. The concert lasts from 6:30-8 p.m. and is free with zoo admission.

4. Take the family to 'Brave' or 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

A lot of spots around town are closed on Wendesday, but not the movies! If you need to get the family out of the house, here's what's playing in Birmingham today:

  • : Brave (first show at 11:40 a.m.), Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (first show at 4:15 p.m.) and The Amazing Spider-Man (first show at 1:30 p.m.)
  • : Rock of Ages (first show at 1:15 p.m.) and Marvel's The Avengers (first show at noon)

5. Death Cab for Cutie at Meadow Brook Music Festival

Hit up the tonight, featuring the indie rock bands Death Cab for Cutie and City in Colour. The concert starts at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for lawn seats and $39.50 for pavillion seats. Meadow Brook is located at 3554 Walton Blvd. in Rochester Hills.

If we missed anything, be sure to let us know in the comments below.


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