Hundreds of people gathered throughout Detroit today to celebrate the 313th birthday of Detroit. And I was one of them, attending a music concert at Campus Martius and the Visit Detroit birthday Tweetup at Firebird Tavern.
It was a beautiful summer evening for a birthday celebration, with blue skies and temperatures in the mid-seventies. Jam-packed crowds filled Campus Martius during the concert; people were lined up to get food and children played in the beach sand at the park.
The 313th birthday celebration has special meaning for people in the Detroit area: 313 is the main area code for the city.
I spent most of my evening at the Visit Detroit birthday Tweetup, enjoying speaker Stan Smith’s talk, panel discussion with Stan, Dave Murray, and Charlie Wollborg talking about what makes Detroit a great comeback city, the trivia contest, and meeting a whole new group of people.
— AngelaHernandez (@AngelaHernandez) July 25, 2014
The trivia contest had people shouting out answers and quickly running up to win prizes like Tigers tickets, cruises on the Detroit River, tickets to local museums, hotel stays, and more.
I had no competition for the question. The answer is Boblo Island, which was known for its amusement park when I was growing up.
Happy 313th birthday Detroit!