Sterling Heights is Turning 50!
Happy birthday, Sterling Heights!
The City of Sterling Heights was officially incorporated as a municipality on July 1, 1968 - making 2018 its 50th Anniversary year! To commemorate this exciting time, and the people who helped shape our community, the City is planning a year of remembrances, celebrations and a look ahead to the future.
Throughout 2018, the City will be hosting events to celebrate turning 50. At each event, volunteers will be selling 50th Anniversary apparel and merchandise (also available online here) as well as the latest edition of a Sterling Heights history book, "Images of Modern America: Sterling Heights".
June 28, 2018 - 50th Anniversary Celebration
Sterling Heights is planning its 50th Anniversary Celebration for Thursday, June 28, complete with a stage presentation, a giveaway of more than 2,000 cupcakes, a concert and a fireworks show to close out the evening. The celebration coincides with the grand re-opening of Dodge Park following months of being closed for the construction of Recreating Recreation amenities and updates.
The City of Sterling Heights officially celebrates 50 years as a City on July 1; however, to accommodate the holiday weekend, the City is planning a celebration for Thursday, June 28. At this event, the City will be inviting all current and former residents, current and former elected officials and City staff and members of the community to join in a celebration of Sterling Heights first 50 years as a City.
This will also be the night dedicated to the grand re-opening of Dodge Park, which is undergoing an extensive renovation under the Recreating Recreation initiative. This special night will culminate with a professional fireworks display immediately following a Music in the Park concert performance by the band, Your Generation.
Amenities in Dodge Park to open on June 28 include: the new splash pad, mini soccer field, volleyball courts, Dodge Park Farmers Market Pavilion and Dodge Park Amphitheatre. The evening will feature the first farmers market and Music in the Park concert of the season for 2018.
Local financial institution Christian Financial Credit Union has generously committed $10,000 to sponsor the fireworks show, to kick off at 10 p.m. The Christian Financial Credit Union Fireworks Show will be visible from Dodge Park and the City Campus. The show itself will be accompanied by patriotic music, played from the Dodge Park Amphitheatre stage.
Parking lots available for patrons to park in will be at Dodge Park, the Senior Center, City Hall, the 41-A District Court, and Stevenson High School, which will all be walking distance to the park. Starting at 4 p.m., we will be shuttling from 18 Mile and Utica (a grass lot) and from the Nature Center, 42700 Utica Road (parking will be limited at both locations).
June 28 Events
7 a.m. New Dodge Park officially opens to the public
10 a.m. New Splash Pad officially opens to the public
3 p.m. New Farmers Market Pavilion opens to the public for first Dodge Park Farmers Market of the 2018 season! (DPFM runs 3 to 8 p.m.)
5 p.m. Cupcakes to first 2,000 people (donated by Meijer at Van Dyke/16 Mile)
Stage Presentation, Concert and Fireworks Show
6 p.m. Presentation with welcome from Mayor Michael C. Taylor and City Council, ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new Dodge Park
6:15 p.m. Presentation to honor all former Sterling Heights elected officials, State and local dignitaries
6:30 p.m. Sterling Heights 2018 time capsule presentation
6:45 p.m. City-wide “happy birthday” sing-a-long
7:00 p.m. Sponsor thank-yous and closing remarks from Mayor & Council
7:15 p.m. “Your Generation” band concert — first Music in the Park Concert of the season!
10 p.m. Christian Financial Credit Union Fireworks Show
More upcoming 50th events include:
July 26 - 28, 2018 - Sterlingfest "Homecoming"
August 9, 2018 - National Night Out
September 28, 2018 - State of the City Address
October 27, 2018 - Sterling Frights
November 11, 2018 - Veterans Day Ceremony
December 1, 2018 - A Sterling Christmas
From simple, quiet rhubarb farms to a bustling city, Sterling Heights has transformed and grown over the last 50 years!
The creation of the industrial corridor, the birth of Sterlingfest (originally known as Summerfest!), the expansion of Van Dyke, a visit to the President of the United States on a historic date, Sterling Heights and the people who helped shape it over the last five decades have seen firsthand the fruits of their labors.
Journey through our city's rich history with "Through Their Eyes: An Oral History of Sterling Heights" created by SHTV.
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary, the City has supported the production of the Sterling Heights 50th Anniversary Booklet.
Local businesses in the area joined celebration with the opportunity of placing an ad or greeting in this special program detailing the history of Sterling Heights. It includes exciting photos and stories from the 1800s to the present.
Over 52,000 of these booklets will be hand-delivered to every home, business, and school in Sterling Heights. They will also be at City Hall and the Library for years to come.
For an PDF version, click here.