Independence Day http://wemu.org en 4th of July Events http://wemu.org/post/4th-july-events <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It is Independence Day and, as usual, the occasion will be marked with family and friends get-togethers, barbecues and some local parades!</p><p>At 10 a.m. this morning, the 23rd Annual Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July parade gets underway. The <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?q=state+street+and+east+william+ann+arbor&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=0x883cae40af162d29:0x2b21acc0ddcc0266,S+State+St+%26+E+William+St,+Ann+Arbor,+MI&amp;gl=us&amp;ei=wmzVUdzuHaK8yAHwv4GYDA&amp;ved=0CC8Q8gEwAA">parade begins at the corner of South State Street and East William Street</a>. Included in the procession will be a contingent from WEMU, so make sure to look for us, and wave!&nbsp; The Ann Arbor event also has a bike decorating contest for children. That gets underway at 9:30 &nbsp;this morning. Once decorated, the kids may ride their bikes in the parade.</p><p>In Ypsilanti, the 84th Annual Independence day parade gets underway at 11 a.m.. It will begin at the corner of Oakwood and Cross Streets, and the procession will make its way through Depot town before ending at Rice Street. The Ypsilanti event is <a href="http://ypsilantijaycees.com/index.php/featured-projects/4th-of-july-parade">Michigan's longest running Independence Day parade</a>.</p><p>In Whitmore Lake, the parade begins at 10 this morning. The route begins on the corner of Barker Road and Main Street.</p><p>And, if you are looking for a good BBQ, but don't want to host it yourself, the <a href="http://chelseamich.com/annual-4th-of-july-chicken-bbq-to-be-hosted-by-sons-of-the-american-legion/">Sons of American Legion Post 31 will take care of you</a>! the public is invited to to stop by Post 31 at 1700 Ridge Road beginning at 11 a.m. this morning. The group will put on a feast of grilled chicken, coleslaw and baked beans. Also included in the nine-dollar price tag is a bag of chips and a roll.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;">The Capitol Steps, Live at Hill Auditorium , tonight at &nbsp;5 &nbsp;p.m. and&nbsp;8 p.m. in Ann Arbor at The Ann Arbor Summer Festival -&nbsp;</span><a href="http://a2sf.org/event/capitol-steps-2/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;">tickets here</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Looking for something else to do today? Check out the <a href="http://events.publicbroadcasting.net/wemu/events.eventsmain">WEMU datebook</a> for more information!</p><p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:18:50 +0000 David Fair 31705 at http://wemu.org 4th of July Events The Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday! http://wemu.org/post/capitol-steps-politics-takes-holiday <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); line-height: 18px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14.44444465637207px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Statistics show that many people who have not listened to past specials have been audited by the IRS. Coincidence? Probably!&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">So relax and celebrate your country by helping the Capitol Steps make fun of it. It's not like there isn't a lot of material to work with...</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Not for the faint of heart or for those considering running for office.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); line-height: 18px;"> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 02:29:43 +0000 Patrik Holubik 31647 at http://wemu.org The Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday!