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Posted on: April 4, 2018

[ARCHIVED] City announces 50th Celebration complete with fireworks, coinciding with Dodge Park grand re-opening

The City announced plans for its 50th Anniversary Celebration at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, complete with a stage presentation, a giveaway of more than 2,000 cupcakes, a concert and a fireworks show to close out the evening.

The celebration coincides with the grand re-opening of Dodge Park following months of being closed for the construction of Recreating Recreation amenities and updates.

The City of Sterling Heights officially celebrates 50 years as a City on July 1; however, to accommodate the holiday weekend, the City is planning a celebration for Thursday, June 28.  At this event, the City will be inviting all current and former residents, current and former elected officials and City staff and members of the community to join in a celebration of Sterling Heights first 50 years as a City.

This will also be the night dedicated to the grand re-opening of Dodge Park, which is undergoing an extensive renovation under the Recreating Recreation initiative. This special night will culminate with a professional fireworks display immediately following a Music in the Park concert performance by the band, Your Generation.

Amenities in Dodge Park to open on June 28 include: the new splash pad, mini soccer field, volleyball courts, Dodge Park Farmers Market Pavilion and Dodge Park Amphitheatre. The evening will feature the first farmers market and Music in the Park concert of the season for 2018. Details for the evening’s events are broken down by time in the schedule below.

Local financial institution Christian Financial Credit Union has generously committed $10,000 to sponsor the fireworks show, to kick off at 10 p.m. The Christian Financial Credit Union Fireworks Show will be visible from Dodge Park and the City Campus. The show itself will be accompanied by patriotic music, played from the Dodge Park Amphitheatre stage. The Sterling Heights Fire Department has been involved in planning a safe and enjoyable show for the whole family and plans to be on-scene and staged nearby as a precautionary measure.

JUNE 28, 2018: 

City of Sterling Heights 50th Anniversary Celebration!


7 a.m.              New Dodge Park officially opens to the public

10 a.m.           New Splash Pad officially opens to the public

3 p.m.              New Farmers Market Pavilion opens to the public for first Dodge Park Farmers Market of the 2018 season! (DPFM runs 3 to 8 p.m.)

5 p.m.              Cupcakes to first 2,000 people (donated by Meijer at Van Dyke/16 Mile)


6 p.m.              Presentation with welcome from Mayor Michael C. Taylor and City

Council, ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new Dodge Park

6:15 p.m.        Presentation to honor all former Sterling Heights elected officials, State and local dignitaries

6:30 p.m.        Sterling Heights 2018 time capsule presentation

6:45 p.m.        City-wide “happy birthday” sing-a-long

7:00 p.m.        Sponsor thank-yous and closing remarks from Mayor & Council

7:15 p.m.        “Your Generation” band concert — first Music in the Park Concert of the season!

10 p.m.           Christian Financial Credit Union Fireworks Show

Residents can also purchase 50th Anniversary apparel, gear and merchandise online at or by stopping by the Community Relations Department on the lower level of City Hall, 40555 Utica Road.

For more details on the City’s 50th and other celebratory activities, visit Media with questions about the event can contact Community Relations Director Bridget Kozlowski at (586) 446-2471 or email

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