Summer’s quintessential celebration – the 4th of July – also anchors one of Michigan’s most popular summer celebrations, the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City. Running June 30 through July 7, this festival features music, a parade, carnival and games … and of course all things cherry.

For the 17th year, the DTE Energy Foundation is sponsoring the Cherry Royale Parade, one of the Midwest’s largest parades. The Foundation float, themed “Dream, Create, Build” will lead the parade, which is expected to draw 80,000 viewers. The float represents a key priority for the Foundation – youth education and readiness for 21st century jobs.

DTE Energy Foundation is also supporting the festival’s recycling efforts, diverting 92 percent of festival waste from landfills in 2017 alone. This isn’t the only Michigan festival where the Foundation supports recycling. This environmental initiative also includes GRand Jazzfest in Grand Rapids, the Lakeshore Arts Festival in Muskegon and the Detroit Jazz Fest.

The National Cherry Festival is one of Michigan’s great traditions and the DTE Energy Foundation is proud to be a longtime supporter. Visit CherryFestival.org for more information on the fun!