Saturday, July 7, 2012
Selfridge Air National Guard personnel were honored this week by the Detroit Tigers during Fourth of July pre-game festivities at Comerica Park.
Selfridge Air National Guard personnel played a major role in Fourth of July pre-game festivities at Comerica Park.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Creating some sparks this Fourth of July? Here's a look at everything you need to know before lighting off that bottle rocket.
Will your Fourth of July be a quiet evening of barbecuing and chatting with family, or one filled with the "oohs" and "ahhs" of a fireworks show? If your answer was the latter, here's what you need to know to have a safe, legal, fireworks-filled Fourth of July. Know the Law: Michigan law now allows purchase and use of consumer fireworks, but St. Clair Shores ordinance laws on noise and nuisances also apply. Learn more about the state and local laws on St. Clair Shores Patch. Where to Buy Them: St. Clair Shores has two locations selling fireworks. Safety Tips: St. Clair Shores police will be on the lookout for violations–and the last thing anyone wants is an injury or a yard on fire. The St. Clair Shores fire marshal recommends these safety…
City, county, state and federal offices will be closed in observance of of the Fourth of July.
St. Clair Shores city offices, 40th District Court and library will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Rubbish collection will also be delayed one day. Macomb County government offices and courts will be closed Wednesday, July 4, and Thursday, July 5. This closing does not include emergency services and 24/7 operations. Some county offices and courts will re-open at 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 6. The public should call ahead. The Board of Commissioners office will be closed July 6. It will re-open Monday, July 9, at 8:30 a.m. For additional information, or to confirm this official closing, call the Macomb County Board of Commissioners at 586-469-5125 or the Office of the County Executive at 586-469-7001.
We're helping you get in the mood to celebrate independence.
Feeling patriotic? In honor of the Fourth of July, we bring you this collection of patriotic tunes courtesy of the Heart of the Hills Barbershop Chorus, based in Rochester Hills. Happy Fourth of July!
Monday, July 2, 2012
City Council voted to limit fireworks to 10 holidays, along with the day before and after, to match state law.
City Council passed an amended fireworks ordinance Monday which limited the ignition, discharge and use of consumer fireworks except for the day of, before and after a national holiday. The move comes after the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act went into effect at the beginning of the year, repealing former sections of the Michigan Penal Code regarding fireworks and setting new regulations for their purchase, sale and use. What local governments can do, however, is regulate the ignition, discharge and use of consumer-grade fireworks, which include firecrackers, bottle rockets and roman candles. “People are pretty passionate and upset over this issue,” said Mayor Kip Walby, who stated that he has received more correspondence on this issue than …
The average cost for a gallon of regular gas in Metro Detroit was $3.47 on Monday morning, according to AAA.
Fourth of July travelers are getting a break this year with gas prices taking a dip before the holiday. According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular gas in Metro Detroit was $3.47 on Monday morning, down from $3.57 a week ago and $3.77 one year ago. That's good news for drivers who plan to hit the road over the holiday travel period, which AAA defines as Tuesday through Sunday. "AAA projects 42.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 4.9 percent increase over the 40.3 million people who traveled last year," AAA reports. "The expected 2012 Independence Day holiday travel volume will tie the past decade’s previous high mark set in 2007 and represents a near 42 …
City Council will consider an amended fireworks ordinance during Monday night's meeting.
City Attorney Robert Ihrie is scheduled to present an amended fireworks ordinance to City Council Monday night following an increase of complaints from residents setting off pyrotechnics in recent weeks. Increased use of fireworks has been attributed to a new state law which allows retailers to sell bottle rockets, Roman candles and other flying devices to consumers and bars municipalities from regulating fireworks use on federal holidays–such as July 4–as well as the day right before and after. The amended ordinance would outline permissible times and dates for discharge of fireworks. Consumer fireworks, which are "designed to produce visible effects by combustion" would be limited to use on national holidays, and the day before and …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Michigan Department of Transportation is suspending a slew of construction projects across the state to help ease traffic flow for holiday commuters.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is lifting traffic restrictions on 100 of 155 projects statewide to alleviate traffic woes for Fourth of July travels. From 3 p.m. July 3 to 6 a.m. July 5, MDOT will suspend construction wherever possible on state roads and bridges while regular construction lane restrictions will be in place on the weekends before and after the July Fourth holiday. "We urge all motorists to drive with caution through work zones during this busy summer holiday weekend," Michigan Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle said in a prepared statement. "Be sure to plan ahead, buckle up, and put the cell phone away while driving so everyone gets to their destination safely." During the holiday, the following 55 work …
The 2012 Stars & Stripes Festival runs Friday through Sunday in downtown Mount Clemens and features live bands, a carnival midway, fireworks, a K9 show and more.
The 2012 Stars & Stripes Festival returns to Mount Clemens this weekend, bringing with it more than 100 performances, a fireworks display, carnival midway and variety of other entertainments for children and adults. The festival starts at 11 a.m. Friday, June 29, and runs through midnight Sunday, July 1, with most activities taking place between Market Street and Macomb Place and Main Street and Gratiot. Use these guides to plan your trip downtown and make the most of this weekend's festivities. Share your photos of the festival by clicking the "Upload Photos & Video" tab above.
Friday, June 29, 2012
The Fourth of July means two things for some people: grilling and BBQs. Here's what you need to know to stay safe.
For some, the Fourth of July is about parades, fireworks and decking yourself out in your finest red, white and blue. For others, it's all about the grilling. But before you haul out the propane tanks or sacks of charcoal, keep these simple safety tips in mind from the Birmingham Fire Department: