Cruise down Gratiot this weekend

Most Michiganders feel a bit of apprehension flipping their calendars from July to August. Didn’t summer just begin? Where did the time go? Unfortunately, we are charging full steam ahead towards the next season, but before that happens, there are a few more quintessential summer events taking place right here in Macomb County.

cruise logoFor instance, this Sunday, August 5th is the 16th annual Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise, an event where people of all ages assemble to drive their classic cars down M-3. From Coupes to Corvettes, you can see just about every make and model of vehicle. And since this is the Motor City region, you might even spot some creatively engineered automobiles. These two reasons are why area residents flock to set up their lawn chairs and blankets along the roadway. You never know what you’re going to get!

All told, more than 250,000 people will participate in event. And there’s certainly something for everyone, including:

  • The Pedal Car Cruise: This is the perfect way to begin cruise day with the family. Bring a pedal car to cruise headquarters to be part of the pedal car cruise, which begins the parade events.
  • The Dorian Ford Midway: The Dorian Ford Midway will be located in the parking lot of the AMC Theater. The midway is home to the Kidz Zone and a number of community service groups, as well as food vendors and live entertainment.
  • Cruise Car Show: Cruise headquarters has the biggest public car show on the strip. For individuals looking to showcase their vehicle, please note that car show parking opens at 8 a.m. cruise day and closes at 6 p.m. Pre-registration is available online. Registration will also be available at any of the pre-cruise car shows before the cruise. Entrance in the car show guarantees a parking spot at cruise headquarters all day long and each owner will receive a goodie bag.


This year, the Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise will take place on Gratiot Avenue from 14 Mile Road to Wellington Crescent (north of Metropolitan Parkway).  It will officially kick off at noon with a VIP/classic car parade led by the event’s grand marshal, Clinton Township Police Chief Fred Posavetz. For more details on timing and cruise-related events, click here. And if cruising doesn’t rev your engine, check the MMYH calendar for other local activities and happenings.

Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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