Celebrate Brighton’s 150th Anniversary in 2017!
Get your calendar out right now – record Sunday, August 13 as the primary day
to celebrate our city’s sesquicentennial! Share this information with your church
members, morning coffee buddies, scout leaders, teachers, PTO friends, family
vacation planners, classmates, out-of-town family and friends of Brighton! We
need you to join in the spirit of 2017 Brighton.
Afternoon Events – 12-4pm
$1.00 Hot Dogs, $0.50 Chips & $0.50 Water
$1.50 for all three!
Birthday Cake Pops at 3pm
Old Town Village
Blacksmith, trapper, farming equipment, carpentry, miniature
timber frame barn, and domestic items from centuries past.
Tours in the Old Village Cemetery: 3-4pm
Historic Displays at the CoBACH Center
Carnival Midway Games
Michigan 5th Regiment Band in the Gazebo: 1-2pm
Dancers – Strolling Singers
Vintage Photo Booth
Vintage cars & boats, a display of WWII objects
presented by the Warbirds of Glory, and more!
Quilt Show at St. Paul’s: 1-4pm
Evening Events: 5-10pm
Kiwanis Car Show: 5-10pm
Kiwanis Mill Pond Concert: 7-9:30pm
Featuring 50 Amp Fuse
Laser Light Show: 9:30pm
All Events on Main Street and Mill Pond Park Unless Noted
In March 1867 the community of Brighton located within Brighton Township became
the Village of Brighton. It is proper to celebrate the spirit of Brighton and its early
families who struggled to create this wonderful village along the Grand River Indian
Trail within the banks of Ore Creek which meanders through Town.
August 13 will be a day of family fun! A community picnic at 1pm taking place within the
beautiful grounds of the Old Village Cemetery next to the millpond is being investigated.
The Brighton Area Historical Society will have several different tours of the Old Village
Cemetery taking place during the afternoon. There will be a brand new self-guided
tour of the gravesites of the (45) Civil War soldiers buried in this tranquil setting. The
tour booklets will provide detailed information on the life of that soldier.
Another tour will have 8-12 reenactors at different gravesites. Each person will be
dressed in their unique period clothing. You will learn about their lives and experiences
as they matured in Brighton and were influenced by growth and industrialization of the
The Society will have a Special 150th Exhibit inside the City of Brighton Arts, Culture and
History Center. Many early Brighton photos will be exhibited. You will enjoy many of these
photos showing Main Street with horses and wagons and no cars. Main Street will be closed
for the Kiwanis classic car show around 5pm. The Millpond Park and surrounding areas will
be filled with music and music lovers as the Sunday evening Kiwanis concert opens at 7pm.