Cultural institutions and the arts are an important part of community life. Ford Fund has a long history of supporting activities that allow generations of men, women and children to come together to share experiences, understand and preserve their heritage, and celebrate traditions that transcend ethnic and cultural boundaries. Family friendly activities, such as the Ford Fireworks and America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, are celebrations that nourish our common roots in the community, while music events and museums supported by Ford Fund move and inspire people in creative ways.
The Ford Fireworks light up the Detroit and Windsor skyline in late June each year, drawing thousands to one of the largest fireworks shows in the United States Sponsored by Ford since 2013, the 24-minute show features more than 10,000 pyrotechnic effects visible for miles along the Detroit River.
A longstanding supporter of Gettysburg National Military Park, Ford helped fund a new education center in 2006 and provides free admission with its annual Ford Community Day.
Families learn to play the fiddle as part of the “Is It a Fiddle or a Violin?” education program during Ford Community Day at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Each year, the League of American Orchestras gives out the Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service in recognition of the important work performed by orchestra members from across the United States in hospitals, correctional facilities, schools, museums and other places.
Guests enjoy military re-enactments during the annual Independence Day celebration at Mount Vernon in Virginia. From Henry Ford’s donation of Mount Vernon’s first fire truck in 1923 to funding the Ford Orientation Center, Ford has been a committed partner to preserving George Washington’s historical home.