Some may consider Livonia a rather boring city, but it has a very strong community. Every year the City of Livonia holds an event called the Livonia Spree. It attracts nearly everyone from young people hanging out with friends, and is also very family oriented. The Livonia Spree is a celebration of the city’s birthday. It started in 1970, when Edward H. McNamara had just become Mayor. McNamara wanted to share his vision with the city. He wanted the city to be able to socialize like a unified city. A free party was organized for residents with entertainment and chicken dinners. The first ever party took place on August 2, 1970. It was a tremendous success, and the event planners did not expect for so many to turn out. The food would run out rather quickly, and many residents would be disappointed. The next year they made sure enough food was provided, they planned for 12,000 but only 5,000 would show up (Livonia Spree). The thought was that the disappointed crowd from the previous year did not come. This led to financial loss. The party would take a year off, and in 1973 the first Livonia Spree would be held. It would no longer be completely free, but there would be more entertainment such as kiddie rides. Food vendors were also added. Today the Spree is a massive success every year. It always concludes on a Sunday night with a large fireworks show that can be seen from multiple spots around the city.
As far as restaurants in Livonia, the most popular, and hometown favorite has to be Bates. It is a small burger place that has been a community favorite for many years.
Livonia is home to two of the strongest sports programs in the State of Michigan. The Livonia Hockey Association and Livonia City Soccer Club are both two of the largest programs in Michigan. Also the city has a recreational center that is very popular. It consists of multiple swimming pools, basketball courts, roller hockey, rock climbing, and many other activities. Not only do residents of Livonia use the center but it is quite popular with surrounding areas.