Salute to America
Special Event at Greenfield Village®
- June 30-July 3, 2023
- Time: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Please note that Greenfield Village will close at 3 p.m. for general admission during all event days.
- Location: Greenfield Village
Begin your evening by walking through Greenfield Village at your own pace while listening to musical ensembles perform across the venue. At dusk, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra takes center stage on the Village Green for a triumphant musical performance in celebration of Independence Day. The evening ends with a stirring “1812” Overture performance, cannon fire and a brilliant fireworks finale.
Join us and take in the unique atmosphere of Greenfield Village at night. Enjoy your favorite summer treat as you stroll and listen to performance groups across the village, each showcasing a diverse assembly of music from American history, including choral singing, ragtime, jazz and more. Grab a blanket, get comfortable and take a seat on the Village Green for a three-part grand finale, including a full Detroit Symphony Orchestra performance.
An exuberant collection of songs, food and fanfare connects families, friends and neighbors to honor the great American experiment. We invite you to a Fourth of July celebration unlike any other at Salute to America.
2023 Ticket Prices
Purchase your tickets before June 20 to receive Early Bird Pricing:
|General Admission (12+)
*Special Youth Discount: Receive 50% off all youth tickets for Friday, June 30, with a paid adult ticket. The discount will be automatically applied when selecting your tickets during the purchase process. The discount will be applied to member, public and Early Bird/Non-Early Bird tickets, but please note that members will receive 50% off and not a double discount in addition to their regular member discount. Made possible by Bank of America.
Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. ET on May 24 for members and May 31 for the public.
The last day to take advantage of Early Bird Pricing is June 19. Regular pricing will go into effect on June 20.
Parking is $9 per vehicle for nonmembers and free for members.
Your Experience Includes:
- Grand stage performance with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at 8:30 p.m.
- Rotating performance groups, including brass, ragtime piano, blues, jazz and more
- Holiday theming and decade vignettes, featuring 1876 Centennial activities, 1976 Bicentennial picnic, 1950s lawncare, 1930s Depression-era and more
- Military fife and drum parade
- Summer street food, cold treats and craft beer
- “1812” Overture performance with cannon fire
- Celebratory fireworks finale with NEW launch location for better visibility
- FREE carousel rides
Summer Salute Dinner at The Lodge at Christie & Main
This buffet dining option featuring Fourth of July favorites like barbecued chicken breast, hot dogs, hamburgers and more.
Due to limited capacity and high demand, we recommend booking your dining package online in advance. Two buffet seatings will be available during each program day.
Each ticket includes dining, taxes and Salute to America programming.Learn More
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 admission to the museum and village all year long, plus free general parking and other perks.
There is a limit of 25 Salute to America tickets per membership.
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.
- What time will tickets go on sale?
Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. ET on both member and public 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.
There will also be a new launch location for our fireworks display to allow for better fireworks visibility from the Village Green.
- 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. In response to previous years’ feedback, we have invested in additional resources that allow for better fireworks visibility from the Village Green, including a new launch location and advanced equipment that deploys fireworks higher.
- 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 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 that Salute to America has to offer.
- Can I bring a personal bag?
- Personal bags are permitted but will be searched due to the nature of this event.
- 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 a cooler?
- Coolers are not permitted.
Due to the nature of this event where a large number of people are seated closely together, guidelines for experiencing Salute to America are different from the guidelines of our daily experience. 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 outside food or beverages?
- Outside food and beverages, non-alcoholic or alcoholic, are not permitted with the exception of sealed bottled water.
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, beginning at 5 p.m.:
- A Taste of History
- Sir John Bennett Sweet Shop
- Frozen Custard Stand
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 Greenfield Village Store and 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 are available to rent free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Are motorized scooters available to rent?
Motorized scooters will not be available to rent for this event.
Personal accessibility equipment such as personal electric scooters, wheelchairs and walkers are welcome. Limited unreserved seating will also be available around the village.
Wheelchairs are also available to rent free of charge 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.
Severe weather (lightning, flooding, high winds or other unsafe circumstances) or other uncontrollable circumstances may cause the cancellation of a performance. If this occurs, you will be asked to evacuate Greenfield Village as soon as possible. Refunds and exchanges will not be possible due to limited capacities for each performance. You will be given an option to another Detroit Symphony Orchestra performance at a different location, a daily combo admission ticket to The Henry Ford, or a credit towards the purchase of a new or renewal membership to The Henry Ford. Ticket stubs or proof of purchase to a canceled event will be required to initiate these options.
Please check for updates on this page, social media or by calling our Contact Center at 313.982.6001.
Summer Salute Dinner and Program
June 30-July 3, 2023 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 7-8 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.
Summer Salute Dinner and Program
June 30-July 3, 2023 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.