Woodward Dream Cruise 2014 – What to do & How to stay safe

Woodward Dream Cruise

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Over 1 million people from all over the country and from many places throughout the world are expected to come to Detroit this weekend, August 16, 2014, for one of Michigan’s most treasured events, the Woodward Dream Cruise.

You cannot grow up in Metro-Detroit without having a little Dream Cruise embedded in you. Detroiters are very proud to be from the Motor City and there isn’t a better time to celebrate.

Today, we are sharing with you about the Dream Cruise: what not to miss and how to stay safe.

What is the Dream Cruise?

For the last 20 years, every 3rd Saturday of August cruisers have made their way to The Woodward Dream Cruise – the world’s largest one-day celebration of classic cars.

You will find the Dream Cruise on a 16-mile stretch on the historical Woodward Avenue passing by 9 Detroit Suburbs according to the Woodwarddreamcruise.com.

What to Do At the Dream Cruise

Start by pulling up a lawn chair and enjoy the free entertainment of the cruisers. While that is the classic way to enjoy this classic car show, there are many events happening all over.

For an event schedule by those cities that Woodward Ave. goes through. please see Woodward Dream Cruise Schedule of Events. Events include the City of Berkley “CruiseFest” and more from Ferndale to Pontiac.

Staying Safe

The Dream Cruise has already drawing cruisers out on Woodward. However, they are not the only ones that are getting drawn out. As an article published by Click On Detroit put it this way: police are showing their muscles early.

Even with an event like this one, it can be easy to get carried away with excitement. As someone who is from Metro-Detroit, I can really understand all the enthusiasm surrounding the Dream Cruise.

This year, though, police are already out and passing out tickets like candy and many cruisers feel like they are being harassed.

What is the reason for this early harassment? Hometownlife.com quoted Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue,

The issue along Woodward is not cruising, but rather large groups congregating in private lots,” “Only one business, the Shell gas station, encourages cruisers to congregate. Every other business along Woodward discourages the cruisers because they interfere with their business, disrupt the surrounding neighborhood and leave debris in their lot.”

As of June 23rd, the police have reported issuing 91 citations.

The Royal Oak Police Department told WDTV 4 that they are simply trying to keep people safe.

If you are heading down to Detroit or any of the Detroit suburbs this weekend, I have a few reminders that will help keep you and your family safe.

  • The Woodward Dream Cruise is an alcohol-free and family oriented event.
  • Cruisers are asked to obey all the rules of the road.
  • The blood alcohol limit in Michigan is .08.
  • Many Detroit suburbs have or are decriminalizing marijuana. However, under state and federal law, marijuana remains illegal.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or any other drug is illegal. Designate someone to drive for you.

For all you need to know about the consequences for driving under the influence in Michigan visit our article, Driving Under the Influence in Michigan – What you need to know.


The people of Detroit and Metro-Detroit are proud to be from the Motor City. On the 20th Woodward Dream Cruise, there will be well over 1 million people and they will be welcoming 40,000 muscle cars, custom cars, street rods, collector cars and special interest cars.

This is an event that should be experienced at least once in everyone’s life. While enjoying some of the most innovative cars in the world, we encourage you to stay safe, follow the rules of the road and have fun.