1M people expected to view Detroit fireworks show

By Will Jones, Local 4 Reporter, @Local4Will, wjones@wdiv.com
Published On: Jun 24 2013 10:13:15 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 24 2013 12:46:05 PM EDT

Security will be tight in and around downtown tonight for the Ford Fireworks, and several things have changed from last year.

DETROIT -

The setup is almost done for the Detroit Ford Fireworks and the city is preparing for hundreds of thousands of people to come Downtown for the big show.

The 55th Annual Ford Fireworks Presented by Target event is scheduled to start at nightfall Monday.

Watch: Best spots to watch Detroit's fireworks Monday.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's office says about one million people in the city and across the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, will gather to view the fireworks.

Detroit police will be assisted by other local, state and federal agencies. At 6 p.m. Monday an emergency curfew also will be in effect for unaccompanied minors aged 17 and younger.

If you're coming down to watch, we have some information you need to know in a nutshell

There are some changes this year.

  • You will not be able to go on Belle Isle or Hart Plaza until 2 p.m this afternoon.
  • Once you're on Hart Plaza, you can't leave and come back. The plaza will be closed after it reaches capacity.
  • All coolers & backpacks will be checked.
  • Anyone under the age of 17 has to be with a parent or legal guardian.
  • The curfew for minors starts at 6 p.m. tonight and runs until 6 a.m. tomorrow.
  • Wayne, Oakland & Macomb Sheriff's Departments along with the FBI and Border Patrol are helping DPD with security.

The show celebrates the July 4 U.S. Independence Day and Canada Day on July 1. The Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association on Friday donated more than $5,000 to Detroit to help cover security.

Helpful links:

To Find more information on all things fireworks visit our Detroit Fireworks page.

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