DTE ENERGY PARADE OF LIGHTS
Boaters from across the state of Michigan exhibit their decorated sailboats and powerboats in the 3rd Annual DTE Energy Parade of Lights. Organized in partnership with the Detroit Yacht Club, this spectacular display of boats will light up the Detroit River beginning at 10 p.m., so guests and spectator boats should arrive early for a great viewing position. Trophies and first, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in three different categories.
Located along the RiverWalk just west of Rivard, this stage will feature some the nation’s best musical acts from classical to country, R&B, alternative rock and good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll during River Days.
ULTIMATE AIR DOGS
Ultimate Air Dogs is one of the premier dock jumping organizations in the country. Ultimate Air Dogs puts on professional events that draw in thousand of spectators while maintaining a family friendly atmosphere. Long distance jumping is the main featured event. It is showcased in different rounds called “Splashes”. Another event is the Ultimate Vertical and it is a fast growing exhilarating sport that is becoming a crowd favorite. The Ultimate Air Dogs will be featured at the Detroit International River Days June 20-23, 2008.
Rivard Plaza will be the scene of excitement and laughter while the young and young at heart participate in interactive games, enjoy lively entertainment on the kid’s stage, and create fun make-and-take crafts. This year’s theme is Peace, Love and Happiness.
The Kids Zone, created by The Parade Company, will be open every day of the festival from 11am-9pm.
River Days is the perfect time to enjoy all the fun that the Riverfront has to offer. Fun on the Water events in 2009 include the DTE Parade of Lights, Tall Ship Friends Good Will, Coast Guard Days, J.W. Westcott Mail Delivery Ship, Diamond Jack’s Boat Tours, Detroit Open Bass Fishing tournament and much more!
The Parade Company and Target are excited to present the 51st Annual Target Fireworks, one of the nation’s most spectacular fireworks displays, on Wednesday June 24th along the Detroit International Riverfront in downtown Detroit.
Green is good. With the current focus on everything green, what better way to get up to speed with all the great green efforts happening locally than by checking out the River Days Environmental Exhibition.
FRIENDS GOOD WILL
Have you ever seen a really “tall ship”? River Days brings the Friends Good Will to the Detroit RiverWalk June 19-21, 2009! Docked at Rivard Plaza near the Kids Zone, the whole family can enjoy a FREE educational tour aboard this truly historic maritime vessel. Don’t miss this experience!
Explore the RiverWalk with your pet at the 3rd annual Pooch-a-Palooza, presented by Canine to Five, Detroit Dog Daycare! This year’s fun activities include a pet walk, dog fashion show, free pet portraits, pet massages and more!
Tales start to wag when registration begins at 8:30am on Sunday June 21st. Registration and all activities will take place the GM Plaza; right in front the WinterGarden on Atwater Street between Beaubien and Renaissance Drive.
You can walk with or without a dog, but please note that all pets must be on a leash. There is a small fee for entry per dog, and walk-up registration is accepted. Get a discount by registering prior to June 15th! Parking is provided for free for participants at the D1 lot at Beaubien and Franklin streets (entrance at Schweitzer Place).
Enter online at www.detroitdogdaycare.com
DETROIT RIVER OPEN
The 3rd Annual Detroit River Open Bass Fishing Tournament will take place on Saturday, June 20.
This year’s entry fee is $150.00 and teams that sign up on or before June 1st are entered in a drawing for the early boat numbers. Registration and take off will take place on St. Jean’s Ramp.
DIAMOND JACK’S RIVERBOAT TOURS
Diamond Jacks River Tours will be docked at the General Motors Plaza during River Days! Festivalgoers will be able to take 1-hour tours and experience the sights along the newly refurbished RiverWalk from the Detroit River.
These tours will be presented at a discounted rate, with $10 tickets (regularly $15) for adults, and $5 tickets (regularly $11) for children. Children under 5 years of age are free with an adult. Tickets can be purchased upon boarding. Cash only please. Group reservations are NOT available. All passengers will board on a first come first served basis. Other discounts such as AAA, AARP will NOT apply.