The 61st Annual Ford Fireworks will electrify the Detroit Riverfront on June 24 with an extravagant display put on by the Parade Company. The show will begin at 9:55 p.m. and is known to be one of the country’s largest and greatest firework displays, featuring synchronized musical arrangements and over 10,000 pyrotechnic effects. This celebrated skyline-spectacle is a tradition that draws thousands of Detroiters and metro Detroit families to kick off the start of summer in the D.
This year’s display is themed “Detroit. Ready! Set! Go!”
Where to Watch
Downtown Detroit is going to be bustling with eager bodies ready for the display, so it’s important that you have a plan. Here are some places you can watch the 61st Annual Ford Fireworks (and remember to get there early):
Best Spots Outside
The Detroit Riverfront
For a free, front-row firework view, set up camp along the Detroit Riverfront, located off Renaissance Center Drive. All you need is a foldout chair or picnic blanket to enjoy the classic, no frills firework experience. Though the river walk stretches for 5 ½ miles, some of the best spots along the path include the Erma Henderson Park, Mt. Elliott Park, Owens Park and Hart Plaza.
Spirit of Detroit Plaza
If you don’t arrive early enough to sit on the river walk or you’d prefer to be farther away from the water, the Spirit of Detroit Plaza is only one block away from Hart Plaza. The space offers another free, up-close view of the firework spectacle that is perfect for families and children that might need extra space to run around. Don’t be fooled, however! This space will fill up fast.
Belle Isle Park
Bring bug spray and a bathing suit to Belle Isle Park and experience a day-long affair, starting with a swim and ending in a firework show! The 982-acre island is a popular viewing site for families and those looking for extra fun outdoors, so be prepared for traffic at the park and remember to purchase a recreation passport ($11/car, $5/motorcycle, $16/bus) upon arrival.
Believe it or not, many Americans and Canadians alike crowd Windsor’s border for a view of the fireworks painted onto Detroit’s skyline. This treasured view is perfect for those looking for the best photo opportunities: what’s better than a picture of fireworks over your favorite city? Just be prepared for long waits while crossing the border and don’t leave your passport at home!
2019 Ford Fireworks Rooftop Party
If you’re looking to spend big and attend an A-List event in the city, the Ford Fireworks Rooftop Party is one of the most exciting and important fundraisers of the year. This annually sold-out occasion is a Detroit tradition celebrated by hundreds of businesses and professionals in the area. It will feature food from Andiamo (an upscale bistro specializing in Northern Italian cuisine), a variety of drinks, interactive games for kids and live entertainment. Attendees will even be a part of the live WDIV Local 4, television broadcast and WJR radio broadcast. The party is presented by Ford Motor Company and takes place on top of the Center Parking Garage next to the Renaissance Center. Ticket prices are $150 for children, $275 for adults and $2,750 for group of 10. Click here to purchase your tickets.
Crowne Plaza Patio Party
Located right across from the riverfront, Crowne Plaza is hosting an exclusive patio party for hotel guests to enjoy. The event will include a barbeque, cash bar, entertainment and an up-close view of the firework display on the furnished patio of your hotel. The party is for hotel guests only, so book your room before it’s too late! For more information, click here.
Detroit Princess Dockside Dinner
For the best view of the night, reserve a spot on the Detroit Princess Riverboat and watch the fireworks explode above your head. The experience will include live entertainment by The Prolifics and dinner, featuring a carving station with prime rib and pork tenderloin, buffet entrees of baked chicken and a vegetarian lasagna, and even more options for sides and dessert. There is outside seating available to watch the fireworks and air-conditioned inside seating for dinner and entertainment. The boat boards by 9:00 p.m., and it is advised that children are not brought aboard, as it is a long evening and all passengers must remain onboard for the duration of the event. Tickets are $95 for adults and $65 for children. For full details, click here.
Joe Muer Firework Experience
If you want to enjoy waterfront views but are worried of getting seasick, Joe Muer offers great views and delicious seafood starting at 6:00 p.m. The experience includes live entertainment, complimentary parking and a five-course gourmet, Joe Muer dinner. Tickets are $150 per person and $75 for children, ages 6 – 13. To make a reservation, click here.
More Ways to Watch
If you’d prefer to avoid traffic and parking pandemonium, you can still enjoy the fireworks from the comfort of your home! WDIV Local 4 will have a live broadcast of the night beginning at 8:00 p.m., and News/Talk 760 WJR with Paul W. Smith will do a special radio simulcast of the event. Both news outlets will also provide traffic updates and weather information throughout the day.