DETROIT – Thousands of spectators will line the shores of the Detroit River to enjoy the 55th annual Ford Fireworks presented by Target Monday, June 24
During the event the City of Detroit will enforce new access restrictions to Belle Isle and HartPlaza. Admittance onto Belle Isle and pedestrian set-up at HartPlaza will not be permitted before 2 p.m. on June 24th.
Best viewing sites:
Hart Plaza: Pedestrian set-up at HartPlaza will not be permitted before 2 p.m. on June 24.
Entry to HartPlaza will close once it has reached desired capacity. There is “No Re-Admittance” once you leave HartPlaza. No tents are allowed.
No alcohol, pets, or contraband (weapons, knives, etc.) will be allowed. Flames or fires are prohibited, and cooking is prohibited.
Reserving an area in excess of the number of people currently in the group is prohibited. Coolers and backpacks will be searched
Belle Isle: The park will be closed on June 24, until 2 p.m. Viewing from the MacArthurBridge will not be permitted.
Access to Belle Isle starts at 2 p.m. until desired capacity is reached. At that time, parking will be allowed on Sunset around to the Strand. No parking will be allowed around the Scott Fountain.
Parking on the Casino paddock is $10 per car and $20 per recreational vehicle. Only 10’ x 10’ canopies with no sides or see-through mesh tents are allowed. Canopies larger than 10’ x 10’ are not allowed and grilling must only take place in designated areas.
Other viewing areas: Mt. Elliott Park, OwensPark and ErmaHendersonPark. The Detroit RiverWalk will be CLOSED.
To accommodate parking for those attending the Fireworks, MPD will offer a $10 rate at the following City-owned garages and lots. Most of the lots are open from 6 a.m. until 1p.m., always check lots hours before parking.
- Ford Underground Garage on 30 E. Jefferson
- Joe Louis Arena Garage on 900 W. Jefferson
- Millennium Garage on 432 W. Congress
- Premier Garage on 1206-08 Woodward Ave.
- Cadillac/Farmer Lot on 1025 Farmer
Fireworks viewing from any parking facility and tailgating are prohibited. For more information, call (313) 221-2500 or go online to http://www.detroitmi.gov/parking.
A citywide curfew will be in effect for all minors age 17 and under. Minor must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (with identification). Minors will be allowed to travel to and from work or organized sports. The curfew is in effect from 6 p.m. on June 24 until 6 a.m. on June 25.
Minors in violation of the curfew will be taken to Southwestern District at 4700 W. Fort and issued a ticket. They will be held there until picked up by a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian also may receive a parental responsibility violation ticket.
In the event that parents become separated from their children in the crowd, parents can immediately go to the following locations for help.
- Downtown/Hart Plaza – CoboCenter, Wayne Hall – (313) 877-8777
- Belle Isle – Harbormaster on Inselruhe and Riverbank – (313) 628-2061 or 628-2062
- Southwest Area – Southwestern Police District – 4700 W. Fort Street – (313) 596-5300
The following traffic changes will go into effect at approximately 6 p.m
No northbound or southbound traffic will be admitted onto Woodward Avenue between Fisher Freeway and Congress except for emergency vehicles, D-DOT and SMART bus coaches.
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