July’s Free Family Events Roundup for Washtenaw County

July 1
Read and Look
Join The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology for Read and Look in the museum galleries. Kids 4-8 will take over a corner of the museum to read a book about the ancient world together. Then we’ll find related artifacts and art on display.

The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. 434 South State St, Ann Arbor.

July 4

Bicentennial Community Picnic

A parade, time capsule opening ceremony, live music, touch a truck and more will be held at Riverside Park to celebrate Ypsilanti’s Bicentennial

Riverside Park. 2 E. Cross St, Ypsilanti.

Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July Parade
Due to construction downtown the annual parade will be held at Briarwood Mall. The festivities begin at 8 a.m. with food trucks, entertainment and more. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. 

Briarwood Mall. 100 Briarwood Cir, Ann Arbor.

July 5, 12, 19

Ann Arbor Civic Band Concert

Join the musicians of the Ann Arbor Civic Band for free themed concerts this summer at Burns Park.  July 5 “4th on the 5th”. July 12 “On Broadway”. July 19  “Michigan Through and Through.”

Burns Park. 1200 Baldwin Ave, Ann Arbor.

July 6
First Fridays Ypsilanti

First Fridays Ypsilanti is a monthly arts and culture self-guided tour inviting visitors and residents to explore area businesses, attend pop-up events and galleries featuring Ypsilanti area artists and performers and experience the Ypsilanti arts scene in all its forms. July’s theme is the Ypsilanti Bicentennial. 

​​Downtown to Depot Town, Ypsilanti.

July 12 & July 26

Guided Nature Walks: Winged Beauties

Matthaei Botanical Gardens is hosting free guided nature walks on select Wednesdays and Sundays. These walks are free with no registration required. Events this month are July 12 and July 26

Matthaei Botanical Gardens. 1800 N. Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor.

July 14

Tween Writing Workshop with Author Sondra Soderborg
At this workshop, writers will have the opportunity to hear an excerpt from Sondra’s new middle grade novel Sky Ropes and receive a prompt that was helpful to Sondra in the development of her story. After a free write around the prompt, writers will have an opportunity to take the mic and share their work with the group. Registration is required. 

Booksweet. 1729 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor.

WRAP Movie Night in the Park
Home of New Vision will host a free outdoor movie each month at Frog Island Park. Movies will begin at dusk with the latest titles showing, and some old favorites, along with free popcorn, candy and soda.

Frog Island Park. 699 Rice St, Ypsilanti.

July 16

Townie Street Party
Kick off Art Fair Week with the Townie Street Party. Food trucks, live performances, activities and more.

East Washington between Thayer and Fletcher, Ann Arbor,

Area Library Event Pages

Ann Arbor District Library

Ypsilanti District Library

Chelsea District Library

Saline District Library

Dexter District Library

Canton Public Library

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