Press Release - Grosse Pointe Shores Centennial Celebration

In July, Grosse Pointe Shores will celebrate its 100th birthday with a weekend long celebration.  Festivities begin with a private VIP reception for Shores residents and their guests at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House the evening of Friday, July 8.   The reception will take place near the pool house and will be before the popular concert series “Detroit Symphony @ Ford House” which includes a concert followed by fireworks.   The grounds of the Ford House will open at 6 p.m. to allow attendees the opportunity to explore the gardens and stroll along the lake.  Additionally, there will be activities for families and concessions.   Shores residents can purchase two types of special tickets. General admission tickets are available for adults ($25), children 5-12 ($15), children 4 and under are free.  They include parking on the grass lot across the street from the Ford House and lawn seats for the concert and fireworks.  You can bring your own chair or blanket.  Premium tickets ($50) are available for adults and children.  There are no child discounts on these tickets.  They include on-site parking with a shuttle to the concert area and a reserved seating area with chairs for the concert and fireworks.     All Shores tickets also include the reception and access to the pool house restrooms.  The reception will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. near the beautiful pool house and will include hors d’oeuvres donated by Pegasus Taverna and a cash bar.  The concert will begin at 8:30 p.m. followed by the fireworks which will begin at approximately 10:00 p.m.   It will be a Pops concert.    Tickets will be on sale at the City offices from May 16 - June 10 or until tickets are gone.   There is a limited supply of both types of tickets.  You must come inside to the municipal office on the second floor to purchase tickets via cash or check. Their hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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On Saturday, July 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the new Schroeder Field House next to the baseball field in Schroeder Park will be dedicated. Click here to read about the GPSIF sponsored event.  Free festivities include an old time ice cream social, live entertainment, bike, buggy and wagon decorating (for the parade the following day), bike licensing, public safety vehicles on display and a historical display.  The new Field house will feature restrooms and a multi-purpose room which will be used as a warming facility in the winter for sledders and skaters and as a team meeting room during baseball and soccer season.  It was made possible by donations from the Grosse Pointe Shores Improvement Foundation, Eleanor V. Schroeder, Grosse PointeWoods-Shores Little League, Grosse Pointe Soccer Association, Famous Maintenance, Marshall Landscaping and many other generous residents.

On Sunday, July 10 at noon, a magnificent parade will travel from the Ford House to Osius Park to celebrate 100 years.   Viewing will be along the west side of Lake Shore.  The parade will include the Detroit Mounted Police, Detroit Fire Department Clown Corp, Grosse Pointe Police Honor Guard, Veterans Honor Guard, Arsenal of Democracy Motor Pool, 1stMichigan Fife and Drum, Police Highlander Bagpipe Band, South Lake High School Marching Band, Michigan Coast Guard, Grosse Pointe Shores Swim Team, Woods-Shores Little League, Grosse Pointe Soccer Association, Dance Troop, Boy and Girl Scouts, Grosse Pointe Shores veterans, Grosse Pointe Historical Society, antique and historical cars, Neighborhood Club, Grosse Pointe Shores children on bikes and in wagons, Grosse Pointe Sunrise Rotary, local dignitaries, Centennial sponsors, Women’s Local hockey team, Grosse Pointe Shores Beautification Committee, the 1912 Good Cheer Club, Grosse Pointe Shores Improvement Foundation and more! 

Following the parade, there will be speeches, a veteran’s ceremony, a community photo and singing of “Happy Birthday” along with free cake and food.   From 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., children can enjoy a Centennial splash party in the pool while adults enjoy the historical display, viewing the items for the time capsule, classic, historical and military vehicles on display and the beautiful new boat exhibition in the marina.    Tours of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club will also be available.  Some lucky residents may also take home one of 100 special golden daylilies hybridized just for the Shores.  A daylily is on the Grosse Pointe Shores crest.

Sponsors of the weekend’s activities include the Grosse Pointe Shores Improvement Foundation, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Ambassador Bridge Company, Edmund T. Ahee Jewelry Co., the Grosse Pointe News, MRA Experiential Tours, Pegasus Taverna, National Coney Island, Little Caesar’s at Mack and Alger, Colony Marine, Ronald & Kathleen Wagner, the Beautification Committee and many Shores residents.

Centennial T-shirts can be purchased for $7.50 at the City offices.

For more information, watch for a flyer to be delivered to all Shores homes in June, visit the City web site ( or call the City at 313-881-6565.