31.3 Reasons To Love Detroit On #313Day


It’s that time of year again. Though Chicago recently picked up the ball with # 312Day thanks to Goose Island beer, Detroit’s original # 313Day is, in our humble opinion, the best unofficial regional holiday of all for civic pride.

Since # 313Day is supposed to celebrate the love of Detroit, let’s put the issues aside (for now) and remember what is great about Motor City.

1st summer on Belle Isle

The view of Detroit’s east side from Belle Isle. (c) Daily Detroit File Photo

There is nothing like the sun on Belle Isle Beach or the breeze on the spot overlooking the city skyline.

2. Faygo

Make sure you have your Faygo with you while you enjoy the beach or other attraction. Rock’n Rye here, but we understand there are other flavors that people like Redpop like.

3. Slow rolling

If you weren’t there, you don’t know. There’s nothing quite like biking around town with thousands of others listening to great music as you roll past some of the best looking bikes in town.

4. Better made chips

via Better Made Facebook

Yes, I used to glue the open bag to my handlebars while cycling. Why not? Here are some cool facts about them.

5. The Dequindre cut

This new gem is a must see. It’s great to have a trail like this in the city that is perfect for walking, biking, or running. Or just lie on the grass for a minute to catch your breath.

6. The tigers, red wings and pistons

These three sports teams always have the heart of Detroiters and they bring home a championship every now and then. Did you know that Detroit was the “City of Champions” in 1935/36, and every major sports team won its league (with the exception of the Pistons, as they didn’t exist yet)?

7. And even the lions.

Yes, Detroit loves you too. Can we get a superbowl someday?

8. Art is crazy everywhere

There is art everywhere if you look. Beautiful statues, amazing graffiti, even the simplest buildings with lots of detail. And fashion too. Try this out Detroit Institute of Arts or the Scarab Club for more inside.

9. BBQ

If you don’t know Detroit’s BBQ, then you don’t know Detroit. Whether it’s an indie thing like what Greedy Greg would run on the east side, or Parks Old Style BBQ, Motor City Soul Food or sure, Slowed down – but from the experience of living here, the best I guarantee will come from your neighbor. Or maybe yours is better. Stand it nicely over the backyard fence over a couple of thatch.

10. Incidentally, Stroh’s is brewed here again

In case you missed the memo, A version of Stroh’s is brewed again here in Brew Detroit.

11. Our ridiculous cable commercials

Our commercials can be so crazy. Comedy Central Detroiters’ show revolves around a small agency that makes it, and they come in different levels of quality, but we love them right away.

Who came up with the idea for Fidel Castro to pose Strohs?

And damn talking animals. This commercial was made for today.

And Kid Rock keeps the tradition alive by blowing up Chinese-made grills.

12. Memories of the new dance show

If you know you know. If you don’t, you have missed it.

13. Amazing musicians

There is so much good music out of Detroit. Motown, of course. Eminem. Children’s skirt. Juan Atkins. Jack White. George Clinton. It goes on and on and on.

14. Drink in places where they will fall over

Some of the places have seen repairs but nothing seems more fun than having drinks in a cabin like that Tom’s tavernor the old porch of the stone house or countless others. As long as the schnapps is flowing, we are there and we love it. If it’s too beautiful, it’s almost like we don’t like it that much.

15. Coneys

Because of course.

16. Techno

Yes, we have covered musicians but from Movement to Charivari to all Independents this is the birthplace of a genre that has spawned so much more in music around the world.

17. East market

It is a Detroit tradition to step into the market, soak up the sun, buy fresh produce, and / or eat on Russell Street.

18. Detroit style pizza

Photo via Belle Isle Pizza.

Our pizza is our own and it’s the best. Other cities copy it like Brooklyn and Seattle.

19. Our riverside is one of the best walking tours in the world

Right. And here is how it used to be. It’s proof that Detroit can create great new places if we focus on it.

20. The spirit of our football club

Jon DeBoer / DCFC

If you didn’t know that soccer (or soccer) is already in our area on a large scale, then it is. Detroit City FC exudes the Detroit spirit, bringing thousands to games that are part competitive and part carnival.

21. Cute cars

A Ford before a car show. Daily photo from Detroit.

Look, this is Motor City, and if you’re not in love with one of these passing classics, make sure you have a pulse on it.

22. Motown

Motown Museum.  Daily Detroit Photo.Motown Museum. Daily Detroit Photo.

Speaking of cars, since we’re the Motor City, the Motown sound comes from here and rightly has a museum to honor it.

23. We love our area code so much we made it a day

You know we were the first to give out private phone numbers, right? Already in 1879. The area code 313 dates from shortly after the Second World War – 1947.

24. Packages

25. Our Thanksgiving Parade

Santa Claus at the American Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, 2016. Daily Detroit Photo.

It’s pretty amazing. If you haven’t traveled and seen others, you may not realize how good we have it.

26. We are looking for upstarts and dreamers

“Shu” Harris

Whether it’s Mama Shu realizing her dream of a homework house in Highland Park, the McClure’s Cucumber brothers who Fragrances from Sfumato or many more cases, Detroit supports local.

27. Weather gossip

Memes via IT in the D Facebook

OK in that case, follow us. While you may or may not like the weather at this moment, one of the cool things about Michigan is that it almost always changes. So you can decide to look at the sunny side of the street – it’s “eventful”. And Detroiters LOVE to talk about the weather.

28. Sandwiches

An epic Sammie is something special in Detroit. Our delis are loved so much that they are almost religious institutions.

29. Churches

Interior of the old Marienkirche

Speaking of religious institutions, our churches are beautiful and the communities within them are even more beautiful.

30. Our habit of putting the letter “s” on things

Meijer = Meijers. Ford = Fords. It’s the kind of imperfection that makes love more perfect.

31. The Ghosts and Beers of Detroit

Ghetto blaster label

Whether it’s Two James, Detroit City Distillery, 8 Mile, Rusted Crow … the list goes on and on when it comes to Detroit-made alcohol. Oh, and I can’t forget the beer, whether it’s the time-tested Motor City Brewing Works boom box or one of the newer beers, Detroit has it all.

31.3 Nothing stops Detroit

Happy # 313Day

– Twitter Detroit (@TwitterDetroit) March 13, 2017

This is true. We’re a city that’s been on the ropes many times, but we keep getting up. As a people we can achieve anything we really want to do.


Dusty Kennedy