Thousands expected downtown for Detroit fireworks show tonight

- Tens of thousands of people are expected in downtown Detroit and along the Detroit River for the annual Ford Fireworks show.

The 24-minute show takes place over the river Monday night. It will feature more than 10,000 pyrotechnic effects that are visible for miles in Detroit as well as Windsor, Ontario. It begins at 9:55.

For those heading down, some viewing areas include Hart Plaza, Spirit Plaza, Mt. Elliott Park, Owens Park and Erma Henderson Park, and even Belle Isle. Riverside Park and the RiverWalk from Yzerman Drive to Jos. Campau will be closed.

Visitors can enter Hart Plaza through security screening until 9:30 p.m. or until the area reaches capacity, but you cannot re-enter if you leave. Coolers and backpackers are subject to search, and alcohol, tents, pets, drones, and weapons are banned. Spirit Plaza is also open to the public, and you will be subject to security screening. You can watch from Belle Isle until it reaches capacity at about 3,000 vehicles, with a recreation passport. They can be purchased for $11 at the entrance. The island is open to pedestrians and bicyclists as well. Alcohol is prohibited.

This year there will be a curfew in effect for minors ages 17 and under from 8 p.m tonight through 6 a.m. tomorrow for the area bounded by the Detroit River, Third Street, Lodge Freeway, Fisher Freeway, the extension of Fisher Freeway east to Gratiot Avenue, Gratiot Avenue, Vernor Highway, Chene Street, Atwater Street and Chene Park. Minors must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or over in those areas. Any in volation will be taken to the Coleman A. Young Recreation Center and held until picked up by a parent or guardian.


Road and ramp closures will begin at 6 p.m. and last until midnight. Police may close earlier depending on how much traffic there is. 

  • SB M-10 between I-75 and Griswold
  • SB I-375 between I-75 and Beaubien
  • Jefferson Ave between Griswold and Woodward Ave
  • SB M-3 (Gratiot Connector) ramp to SB I-375
  • NB/SB I-75 ramps to SB M-10
  • NB I-75 ramp to SB I-375
  • Belle Isle Bridge closed to inbound vehicle traffic
  • NB/SB M-10 exit to W. Jefferson Ave
  • Mack Ave ramp to SB I-75
  • Forrest ramp to SB M-10

The following outbound ramps will be closed 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. 

  • NB I-75 exit to Mack Ave
  • Mack Ave to NB I-75
  • NB M-10 exit to Forrest
  • NB I-75 exit to Warren Ave
  • Warren Ave ramp to NB I-75

Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. has been the title sponsor of the fireworks show since 2013. The event is produced by The Parade Co.

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