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The 59th Annual Ford Fireworks to Light the Sky

For a summertime celebration, come to the Detroit River on Monday, June 26, for the 59th annual Ford Fireworks to officially kick off summer in the city. With the theme of, “Detroit! Right Now!!,” the sky will be lit up with more than 10,000 fireworks highlighting the wonderful iconic skyline. The 25- minute show will begin at 9:55 p.m., but be sure to head into the city early for some pre-fireworks events.

The “Detroit Duets” will showcase local talent duos of:

  • Jill Jack and Devin Scillian
  • Beth Griffith-Manley and Tony Frost
  • Christina Chriss and Joey Fava
  • Olivia Millerschin and Trey Simon
  • Thornetta Davis and Evrod Cassimy

Performances will begin at 8:00 p.m. on the MotorCity Casino Hotel stage.

Viewing

The best viewing areas for the fireworks:

Hart Plaza

Located right along the river at Jefferson and Woodward, Hart Plaza will be open to the general public to start saving the perfect spot beginning at 2:00 p.m. until capacity is reached. There will be no re-entry and all coolers and backpacks will be checked. Alcohol, tents, pets, drones, and contrabands are not allowed.

Belle Isle

A short drive from downtown, Belle Isle will open at 5:00 a.m. for pedestrians and bicyclists. It will open at 2:00 p.m. for vehicles. Motorists will need a Recreation Passport to enter the island. They can be purchased at the entrance for $11. Once they reach capacity of 3000 vehicles, no more will be allowed. Tents are permitted but alcohol and consumer fireworks are not allowed.

Mt. Elliott, Owens, and Erma Henderson Park

These parks are located along the river and are open to the public and less formal than Belle Isle and Hart Plaza.

If you cannot make it into the city, you can watch the live stream.

Traveling

Come early and check the traffic as many local streets will be closed for the event. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. streets will begin to close, such as:

  • No northbound or southbound traffic will be admitted onto Woodward between the Fisher Freeway and Congress.
  • Jefferson Avenue will be closed to eastbound and westbound traffic between the Chrysler Freeway and Griswold, eastbound vehicles will be routed north onto the Chrysler service drive.
  • West Jefferson will be closed westbound beginning at the Cobo Center.
  • Freeways will begin to close.

Metered parking on the street will be free after 5:00 p.m. and multiple lots around the area will be offering $10 parking. Those illegally parked will be ticketed and towed.

To make traveling a little easier, the People Mover will be running from 6:30 a.m. – midnight but will not make stops at the Millender Center and the Renaissance Center starting at 2:00 p.m. and Cobo Center starting at 7:00 p.m. For more details, check out ThePeopleMover.com.

The QLINE will be running its normal operations from the Grand Boulevard station to the Congress Street station until 5:00 p.m. From 5:00 p.m. –11:00 p.m., it will loop between the Grand Boulevard station and the Sproat Street/Adelaide Street station (adjacent to Little Caesar’s Arena). QLINE will not travel south of Sproat Street/Adelaide Street station during this time and will resume normal operations on Tuesday, June 27. For more information, visit QLineDetroit.com.

For more information about additional street closures, shuttles, and where to park, visit the Parade Company website.

Just a friendly reminder that open intoxicants are not allowed and the City of Detroit will enforce a Central Business District curfew from 8:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. for all minors age 17 and under if not accompanied by an adult or guardian.

Come with a group of family and friends and make new memories in the Motor City. Grab a bite to eat at local restaurants, enjoy a drink at Campus Martius beach or relax at the new Spirit of Detroit plaza. And who knows, Carmen Harlan might be wearing a new hat! What are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!

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