Salute to America:
Special Event at Greenfield Village®
The Henry Ford and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra are continuing their over 25-year partnership in 2021 with a safe expression of our traditional Salute to America event. Your support of this program helps celebrate our two cultural organizations as we continue to present summertime programming that is responsible and fun.
New in 2021, guests of Salute to America: Summer Stroll are invited to walk at their own pace and listen to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra perform in smaller ensembles across the venue. Each symphony ensemble will be rotated throughout the evening to represent each section of the orchestra (brass, woodwinds, strings, etc.), rather than performing on a single grand stage.
Take in the unique atmosphere of Greenfield Village in the summer with a series of historical decade vignettes, historical building experiences and free carousel rides. Enjoy your favorite summer treat as you listen to performance groups — showcasing a diverse assembly of music from American history, including choral singing, ragtime, jazz and more — around the Village Green. Delight in marching fifes and drums and an extraordinary fireworks display at the end of your evening.
An exuberant collection of songs, food and fanfare connects families, friends and neighbors to honor the great American experiment. We invite you to celebrate the Fourth of July at Salute to America: Summer Stroll this year.
2021 Ticket Prices
Purchase your tickets before June 21 to receive Early Bird Pricing:
Early Bird Price
Early Bird Price
|General Admission (12+)||$27.25||$23.75||$32.00||$28.00|
Your Experience Includes:
- NEW! 3 Detroit Symphony Orchestra performance areas with rotating ensembles
- Historical performance groups, including Dodworth Saxhorn Band (brass), Taslimah Bey (ragtime piano), North Star Choral Group, Robert Jones (blues), Brassworks Entertainment (jazz trio) and more
- Holiday theming and decade vignettes, including a 1976 Bicentennial picnic
- Military fife and drum parade
- Historic building experiences
- Summer street food, cold treats and craft beer
- Celebratory fireworks finale
- FREE carousel rides
Become a Member and Save
The best way to experience Salute to America: Summer Stroll 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 admission to the museum and village all year long, plus free parking and other perks.
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: Summer Stroll open.
- Do I need to wear a face mask?
Face masks and coverings are optional for fully vaccinated guests. Guests are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final COVID-19 vaccination dose.
Unvaccinated guests, age 2 and up, are required to wear masks for their visit in Greenfield Village, following the guidelines below:
- Masks are required in all indoor spaces, including historic homes, retail stores and restrooms.
- Masks are not required outdoors when socially distanced or when seated and dining in our restaurants.
NOTE: It is recommended that children in the Village playground wear masks when closely interacting with those outside of their own household.
*The Henry Ford is committed to accessibility for all guests and remains in compliance with the ADA in the use of face masks. If you or a member of your household has a medical condition or disability that prevents you from wearing a face covering, reasonable accommodations will be made for you. Please email us at email@example.com in advance of your visit to receive more information.
- What modifications can I expect from previous Salute to America events?
Salute to America: Summer Stroll is a safe expression of our previous Salute to America event where guests will be able to stroll through Greenfield Village and listen to contemporary and historical musical acts, performances and vignettes at their own pace.
Rather than performing on a single grand stage, members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will play in smaller ensembles across the venue and will rotate to represent each section of the orchestra (brass, woodwinds, strings, etc.).
- Will historic buildings be open?
Yes. For details on which buildings are currently open — with guides or self-guided — during our summer season, please check our venue map.
During Salute to America: Summer Stroll, additional presenters will be stationed at the Ford Home, Wright Cycle Shop, Wright Home, Menlo Park Complex, Logan County Courthouse, Susquehanna Plantation, Firestone Farm, Glass Shop and Pottery Shop during the event.
- Will historic rides be available?
- The Herschell-Spillman Carousel will be open for the duration of the event and free to all guests. Other historic rides will not be available.
- 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 6 p.m. and close at sunset.
- Is there a time limit for my visit?
- There is no time limit for your visit. We encourage guests to take advantage of all Salute to America: Summer Stroll has to offer.
- Can I bring personal seating, coolers or picnic baskets?
- Guests may bring their own personal seating, including portable chairs and blankets. However, we ask that all chairs are removed from any carrying cases at entry. Coolers, picnic baskets and outside food and beverages, non-alcoholic and alcoholic, are not permitted this year for operational and safety reasons. For a complete list of event guidelines, click here.
- Will there be provided guest seating near each performance stage?
- There will be limited seating available at each performance stage.
- Can I bring fireworks or sparklers?
- Outside fireworks are not permitted.
- Will restrooms be open?
- Yes, all Greenfield Village restrooms will be open to the public and cleaned regularly.
- Will on-site restaurants be open?
The following dining experiences will be open, in addition to pop-up and street fair dining experiences:
- A Taste of History: 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
- Mrs. Fisher's Southern Cooking: 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
- Liberty Craftworks: 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
- Frozen Custard Stand: 6 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
- Will on-site retail stores be open?
- Yes, the Greenfield Village Store, Liberty Craftworks Store will be open, as well as pop-up retail shops.
- Is there VIP parking?
- There is no VIP parking for this year’s event. Guests are welcome to park in the Greenfield Village or Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation lots.
- Are wheelchairs available to rent?
- Yes, wheelchairs and electric accessibility scooters are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Does The Henry Ford offer refunds or exchanges in the event of rain?
- Because of the event’s limited capacity, The Henry Ford does not provide refunds or exchanges on tickets once purchased. All Salute to America: Summer Stroll programming will occur in all-weather conditions. Please dress accordingly as much of the programming occurs outdoors. Please check for updates on this page or by calling our Contact Center at 313.982.6001.