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Detroit Birthday

Founded more than three centuries ago, Detroit has a rich and storied past highlighted by culture, cars, music and sports. Detroiters in the know understand the special significance of the city’s upcoming 313th birthday on July 24, 2014. If you saw the movie 8 Mile starring Detroit’s own Eminem, you might have picked up on the fact that “313” is one of several affectionate nicknames for the region, as it is the area code for most Detroit phone numbers. We’ve compiled a list of 13 ideas for celebrating the 313’s 313th like a true Detroiter:

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In the city of Detroit, many of the most famous places and spaces have ties to the individuals who helped to shape them.

But how often do we walk, bike or drive by a place in The D without stopping to think about why we call it what we do? Probably more often than we’d like to admit.

Here’s a look behind the names of four favorite Detroit institutions:

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OutdoorDining Portofino DS

There’s just something about a warm breeze that makes a good meal and an icy drink all the better, whether you’re enjoying it under the summer sun or the summer’s stars. No matter what you’re in the mood for — a come-as-you-are patio, a trendy beer garden or even an upscale courtyard — Detroit’s got you covered (or uncovered, in the case of some of these). Here are some of our favorite places for outdoor dining:

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The weather is heating up and we all need a way to cool down. How about something Detroit-inspired? Cool off and relax this summer with these drinks all over The D.

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FordFireworks DS

We chatted with President and CEO of The Parade Company Tony Michaels to get the scoop on this year’s Ford Fireworks, one of The D’s premier summer events. They’ll light up the sky tonight, June 23, 2014, at 10:06 p.m. over the Detroit River.

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