Salute to America

In partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Special Event at Greenfield Village®

  • July 2-5, 2024
  • Time: 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Please note that Greenfield Village will close at 3:00 p.m. for general admission during all event days.
  • Location: Greenfield Village

Presented by:

Ford Philanthropy

Experience a masterful musical performance in an idyllic setting with 300 years of American history as your backdrop at Salute to America in Greenfield Village.

For more than 30 years, two cultural gems — The Henry Ford and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra — have joined forces to create an unforgettable concert experience over the Fourth of July holiday.

The village is brimming with food trucks along Main Street, the sounds of patrons riding our historic 1913 carousel, presenters in period clothing strolling through the streets and musical ensembles tucked in every corner. With seven historic districts to explore, guests can enjoy everything from choral singing and ragtime to blues and jazz — and more.

Once the sun sets, the world-renowned Detroit Symphony Orchestra takes center stage for a triumphant musical performance featuring celebratory orchestral music and selections from films and American popular culture, anchored by Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," cannon fire and a brilliant fireworks finale.

The orchestra will be led by talented guest conductor Lawrence Loh, a pops programming specialist who has assisted famed American composer John Williams.

Join us for an incredible Fourth of July experience like no other — July 2-5.


2024 Ticket Prices

Visit July 2 & 5 for 15% off public tickets and a double discount of 30% off member tickets.

  Members (12+)* Public (12+)* Children (0-4)
July 2
Discount Day
$29.50 $35.75 FREE
July 3 $35.75 $42.00 FREE
July 4 $35.75 $42.00 FREE
July 5
Discount Day
$29.50 $37.75 FREE

*Additional 25% off youth (5-11) tickets and 10% off senior (62+) tickets for both member and public tickets across all event dates.

Summer Salute Dinner includes buffet dinner in The Lodge at Christie & Main and admission to Salute to America in Greenfield Village.

General Parking: $9 per vehicle for nonmembers and free for members.

New! Eagle Parking Pass: Upgrade from general parking for $50 total per vehicle to enter the program in the heart of Greenfield Village — perfect for large groups or those carrying personal seating. Limited capacity; available as an add-on during the online purchase process.



Tickets and Reservations

Due to high demand, we recommend purchasing tickets to Salute to America in advance online. Tickets go on sale May 22 for members and May 29 for the public.

Ticket purchasers can join an online queue at 8:00 a.m. EDT for first access to tickets starting at 9:00 a.m. EDT on both member and public on-sale dates.

During the online purchase process, you can add tickets for Summer Salute Dinner and our new Eagle Parking Pass for an additional charge.



Your Experience Includes: 

  • Grand Stage Performance by Detroit Symphony Orchestra at 8:30 p.m.
  • Rotating Performance Groups, Including Brass, Ragtime Piano, Blues, Jazz and More
  • Holiday Theming and Decade Vignettes
  • Military Fife and Drum Parade
  • Summer Street Food, Cold Treats and Craft Beer
  • Performance of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" with Cannon Fire
  • Celebratory Fireworks Finale
  • FREE Carousel Rides


Summer Salute Dinner at The Lodge at Christie & Main

This buffet dining option features summer picnic favorites like barbecued chicken breast, hot dogs, hamburgers and more. Two seatings will be available, at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m., during each program day.

Due to limited capacity, Summer Salute Dinner is available through online purchase only. Tickets can be added in the purchase process after adding a general admission ticket to Salute to America.

Each ticket includes dining, taxes and Salute to America programming.

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Become a Member and Save

The best way to experience Salute to America is as a member of The Henry Ford. Save 15% on event admission and gain access to an exclusive one-week member presale. Then use your membership for free general admission to the museum and village all year long, plus free parking and other perks.


FAQs

To learn more about The Henry Ford’s general daytime operations, venue information and safety procedures, please click here.

All policies and procedures outlined on this page are subject to change before or after Salute to America opens.

What time will tickets go on sale?

Member presale tickets are on sale now. Public tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 29.

Ticket purchasers can join an online queue at 8:00 a.m. EDT for first access to tickets starting at 9:00 a.m. EDT on both member and public on-sale dates.

Members, we recommend testing your member login and password information before the start of the presale for the fastest and most convenient purchase process. Please also ensure that your membership is valid through the date you are planning to visit Salute to America.

What modifications can I expect from previous Salute to America events?

Salute to America has been permanently modified to highlight the most popular performance elements from previous years’ events, including a grand stage performance by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra alongside strolling musical performances. This reimagined version is unique to Greenfield Village, highlighting our historic atmosphere alongside the grand symphony performance our guests have enjoyed for decades.

Where will the grand stage orchestra performance take place?

The DSO’s grand stage orchestra performance will take place on the Village Green in front of Town Hall.

How long is the grand stage orchestra performance?
Approximately 90 minutes, with a short intermission.
Where will the fireworks finale take place?
Guests can remain seated on the Village Green to experience the fireworks finale. There will be a new launch location for our fireworks display for better visibility.
Will historic buildings be open?
Historic buildings will not be open.
Will historic rides be available?
The Herschell-Spillman Carousel will be open during the event and free to all guests. Other historic rides will not be available during Salute to America.
Will the carousel be open?
Yes, the carousel will be open all evening and is free to all guests.
Will the playground be open?
Yes, the playground will open at 5:00 p.m. and close at dark.
Can I bring a personal bag?
Personal bags are permitted but will be searched due to the nature of this event. For the safety of our guests, our policies for Salute to America align with those of most large concert, entertainment and sporting events.
Can I bring personal seating?
Yes, personal seating such as compact folding chairs, strollers, wagons, lawn blankets and beach towels are welcome. Due to the nature of this event, please note that all personal items and carriers will be searched.

Additionally, personal accessibility equipment, such as personal electric scooters, wheelchairs and walkers, are welcome. Limited unreserved seating will also be available around the village.
Can I bring outside food or beverages?
Outside food and beverages, nonalcoholic or alcoholic, are not permitted with the exception of sealed bottled water. For the safety of our guests, our policies for Salute to America align with those of most large concert, entertainment and sporting events.

Concessions and restaurants will be open throughout Greenfield Village for the duration of the event and will be able to accommodate most dietary restrictions.
Can I bring fireworks or sparklers?
Outside fireworks, including sparklers, are not permitted.
Will on-site restaurants be open?

The following dining experiences will be open, in addition to food trucks and street fair dining options:

  • A Taste of History
  • Stand 44
  • Sir John Bennett Sweet Shop
  • Frozen Custard Stand
  • Carousel Concessions
  • Owl Night Lunch Wagon

In addition, you can purchase advance tickets online to our popular buffet dining package, Summer Salute Dinner.

Will on-site retail stores be open?
Yes, the following retail stores will be open, in addition to mobile “glow” carts:

  • Newly Renovated! Greenfield Village Store: 5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Liberty Craftworks Store: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Is there VIP parking?
We are reintroducing a parking upgrade in Eagle Lot in 2024 for an additional $50 total per vehicle. Eagle Lot is a premier parking option adjacent to the Village Green that offers less walking time to the event — perfect for large groups or those carrying heavy personal seating.

The Eagle Parking Pass is available as an add-on during the online purchase process.
Are wheelchairs available to rent?
Yes, wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Does The Henry Ford offer refunds or exchanges in the event of rain?
The Henry Ford does not provide refunds or exchanges on tickets once purchased. All Salute to America programming will occur in all weather conditions. Please dress accordingly as much of the programming occurs outdoors. Please check for updates on this page, social media or by calling our Contact Center at 313.982.6001.

Event brought to you by our Sponsors:

Bank of America
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Summer Salute Dinner and Program

July 2-5, 2024 | Seatings at 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 7:00-8:00 p.m.

A summer buffet your whole family will love, in the best location in Greenfield Village — adjacent to the Village Green and carousel. Two service times, with open-table seating for up to 10 guests, provide the best flexibility for dining and program enjoyment.

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Summer Salute Dinner and Program

July 2-5, 2024 | Seatings at 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 7:00-8:00 p.m.

A summer buffet your whole family will love, in the best location in Greenfield Village — adjacent to the Village Green and carousel. Two service times, with open-table seating for up to 10 guests, provide the best flexibility for dining and program enjoyment.
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