Thousands of joyful fans packed into a water-front arena in Detroit, listening to guest singers powering through some of her greatest hits, culminating in an all-cast arrangement of "Respect".
Former president Bill Clinton, Rev Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson will all speak at the Queen of Soul's final send-off.
Franklin died on August 16 at the age of 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Editor's note: This story has been corrected to show that Franklin's funeral will be held at Greater Grace Temple, not New Bethel Baptist Church.
After the service, she will make her final journey in the same ivory 1940 Cadillac LaSalle that transported the body of her father in 1984, and that of civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005.
"Aretha Franklin is awesome to me". "I think there will be some up hands clapping and feet dancing".
For Thursday's viewing at New Bethel Baptist Church, Franklin laid in repose in a lacy, rose gold gown by St. John's, styled with a pair of gold Christian Louboutin heels, while her gospel music played in the background. "We used to talk about that - we saw a lot of soldiers go". She is said to have had a costume change each day, having started the week in a red dress and yesterday being seen in blue.