Crusin ’53 weekend kicks off Friday at Warren, Center Line – Macomb Daily

The annual Central Line Independence Festival kicks off on Friday, June 3 and will include a social district area, fireworks, the Crusin ’53 car show and parade, live music and a carnival.

“Every year since this event began, our friends in the towns of Warren and Center Line have worked hard to make this a premier event, not only in Macomb County but in the area,” said John Johnson, Crusin ’53 event. organizer and president of the Southeast Michigan Chamber of Commerce. “We expect thousands of people to enjoy the many activities along M-53 and we thank our many sponsors who have made this possible.”

The Social Quarter area is new this year and will allow attendees to wander within its confines enjoying an adult beverage from an approved tumbler from Te Roma or Sand Baggers. The social district is on 10 Mile Road between Van Dyke and Lawrence Avenues and on Van Dyke Avenue between State Park and Dale.

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“Flashback Friday” begins at 3 p.m. and features music from the Jon Fett Quartet, The Look and Simply Queen.

Saturday, June 4 is an action-packed day beginning with the 5th Annual Run Warren Center Line 5K Run/Walk, which begins at 8 a.m. in Warren City Square and ends at Memorial Park on Lawrence.

You don’t have to be a runner to attend the all-you-can-eat Lion’s Pancake Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Center Line Parks & Recreation building. Cost for adults is $7; $4 for children.

The Cruisin’ 53 Motor Show, Parade and Cruise begins at 10 a.m. with vehicle check-in followed by the parade on Van Dyke at noon. The Classic Vehicle Appreciation Day culminates with the awards ceremony at 4 p.m. In coordination with Saturday’s Cruisin ’53, the City of Warren will host Warren Wheels car shows at Warren City Square and Civic Center South. Prizes will be awarded at both locations. An emergency vehicle show will also be part of the program.

A spectacular fireworks display in Memorial Park crowns the day of fun accompanied by the music of Family Tradition. Kari Holmes, Gunner and the Grizzly Boys, and Alan Turner and the Steel Horse Band provide the air all afternoon.

The festival ends on Sunday June 5 with performances from Phase 5, Teen Angles and Kathmandu.

The North American Midway Entertainment Carnival will be open daily and food trucks, helicopter rides, corn hole tournaments, ax throwing and many other activities for people of all ages will be available daily at the Memorial Park.

For more information, visit cruisin53.com. For more information on Warren Wheels, visit cityofwarren.org/warrenwheels.