Bahai News - July 24 Marks Motor City's 300th Birthday

Tuesday July 24, 5:00 am Eastern Time

Press Release

SOURCE: Detroit 300 Inc.

July 24 Marks Motor City's 300th Birthday - Detroit Hosted Stevie Wonder, 24 Tall Ships and an 800-Voice Gospel Choir at July Party

Detroit Continues Unprecedented Birthday Party With Cadillac's Landing And Spiritual Day

DETROIT, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Tuesday, July 24, marks the 300th birthday of Detroit -- the first Midwest city to celebrate a tricentennial. The city's birthday festival started on July 19 and continues to July 25.

    --    An estimated 1.5 million experienced legendary Motown(R) recording
          artist Stevie Wonder as the headliner for the Celebrity Homecoming
          Concert at Detroit's Hart Plaza on July 21. Tim Allen, David Alan
          Grier, The Temptations and other special guests joined Wonder. This
          was Wonder's largest, free outdoor concert to date. The concert was
          simulcast in two countries and three venues, including Detroit's
          Comerica Park.
    --    Sail Detroit(TM) and Ford Parade of Ships, July 19-22, featured over
          20 tall ships that docked in Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.
    --    Sounds of Detroit, July 20-22, celebrated the city's musical talent
          heard around the world with Jazz Detroit, over 45 local performers
          and Ms. Della Reese performed on July 20.
    --    An 800-voice gospel choir performed with the internationally
          acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra on July 22.
    --    Cadillac's Landing:  A Birthday Celebration of Detroit and Its
          People, presented by General Motors, will take place today from
          1-4 p.m. The re-enactment will include Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac
          escorted by a 50-man unit of the French Marine Corps, a 60-man unit
          of Voyagers, two Native Americans, and one Jesuit Priest while
          paddling down the Detroit River to land at Hart Plaza -- the actual
          landing place in 1701.
    --    Once known as the City of Churches, Detroit's grand finale event is
          Spiritual Day, a celebration of Detroit's faith-based heritage. On
          Wednesday, July 25, the faithful and faith-based leaders from
          Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhism, Hinduism and Bahai'i faiths,
          representing hundreds of congregations will unite in the name of
          belief, healing and peace. Over 6,000 people will gather at Chene
          Park in Detroit from 7:00-9:30 p.m. to celebrate Detroit's largest
          interfaith gathering.

Detroit 300 Inc. is responsible for leading a $27 million public campaign, creating a yearlong celebration of history, people and the future. Chairman Edsel B. Ford II heads the Detroit 300 Commission. For information, call 1-800-DETROIT or visit

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