Dearborn Homecoming returns for 39th year

Now in its 39th year, the Dearborn Homecoming festival is once again set to return to Ford Field Park.

The annual celebration is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 5 and runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. It is free to attend.

The traditional big draw for Homecoming is its fireworks shows on both Saturday and Sunday nights. Of course, the carnival rides, food tents, live entertainment, and numerous activities don’t hurt, either.

"Homecoming is in its 39th year, and one of the most important values of the festival has always been that it draws people together in a celebration of our entire community, and welcomes tens of thousands of visitors to enjoy the best of Dearborn," says Mary Laundroche, Co-chair of Homecoming and Director of Dearborn’s Department of Public Information.

Highlights include the food and entertainment provided in the Arab American Tent, Italian American Shelter, and Polish American Shelter, and the 20 additional non-profits serving as food and drink vendors.

A Bee Gees tribute band headlines the performances on Saturday night. Retro 80s and 90s cover bands conclude the music on Sunday.

Biking events, a family fun run and 5K, cornhole tournament, and fitness and wellness activities are also planned.

Visit Homecoming on Facebook for the full schedule.

"Some may find it unusual that a city festival is called Homecoming because they associate that with schools, but this event was always designed to bring people back to Dearborn to greet friends and neighbors, and to strengthen the relationship between all of our residents--and to people from the entire region," Laundroche says.

"During Homecoming, everyone is an honorary Dearborn resident."

Ford Field Park is located at 500 Monroe St. in Dearborn.

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