April 18th has been an official Detroit holiday since 1936.
In 1936, the Tigers, Lions, and Red Wings all won their first championships. Several homegrown Detroiters, such as Joe Louis and several Olympic competitors, were dominating their sports. President FDR and the 48 governors of the United States at the time signed a plaque declaring Detroit the "City of Champions" and the Governor of Michigan declared April 18th "Champions' Day."
For this third annual event, we are having Charles Avison, author of "Detroit: City of Champions" and several other Detroit sports history books, give a presentation on how impactful this year in sports was to the city. For the first time, it will be hosted at the Detroit Historical Museum, where the original City of Champions plaque is housed, and more historical sports memorabilia will be brought up that is not currently on display.
Afterwards, we have room reserved at Circa, the bar right around the corner on Cass Ave., to celebrate Champions' Day the way it was originally intended.