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Ford Fireworks Display








Salute to America








Stars and Stripes Festival

By Michelle Fusco

Metro Detroiters love to celebrate Independence Day with a BANG! Naturally, there are plenty of opportunities for viewing spectacular fireworks throughout the region on a variety of dates surrounding the holiday.

Ford Fireworks Presented by Target
The big kahuna among local fireworks displays happens in downtown Detroit and is billed as one of the largest fireworks spectacles in North America. This year’s event, produced by The Parade Company, is scheduled for Monday, June 24. An estimated one million people line the Detroit Riverfront, on both the U.S. and Canadian sides, making it an international affair. (The event also celebrates Canada’s Canada Day.)

While the word “awesome” tends to be overused, it is a well-deserved adjective here — this 50+ year annual tradition truly is awe inspiring. You can hear the collective “wows” verbalized from the crowd during the show. Catch it if you can!

(Side note: Detroit is the only place in the U.S. that you can look south to Canada. True story — it’s even a Trivial Pursuit question!)

A Celebration of Americana
What better place is there to mark America’s declaration of independence than in Dearborn at The Henry Ford, America’s greatest history attraction? The Henry Ford will host its annual Salute to America July 3-6 with lawn games, picnics and an outdoor concert by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra that concludes with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture featuring the historic cannon of Loomis Battery and a magnificent fireworks display. These ticketed events sell out every year so make plans early.

Sparks Fly in the Suburbs
The Huron-Clinton Metroparks offer several opportunities for fireworks viewing.

Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township will celebrate our nation’s birthday with a live concert and fireworks on Tuesday, July 2. The Motor City Brass Band will get the party started with a varied repertoire including classics, jazz, show tunes and marches, ending with a patriotic salute and brilliant fireworks display.

Kensington Metropark in Milford will host its fireworks on June 15, and Stony Creek Metropark’s show is June 30 in Washington Township.

Also of note is the Stars and Stripes Festival at Freedom Hill Park in Sterling Heights. The festival runs June 28-30, 2013 and includes laser shows, national music acts, a carnival midway and fireworks on June 30.

If you’re a fireworks fanatic, check out http://michiganfireworks.com/ to search for shows by date, city or county — including Wayne, Oakland and Macomb.

What’s your favorite metro Detroit fireworks display? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter @VisitDetroit.

Freelance writer Michelle Fusco gives the breathtaking Ford Fireworks presented by Target in downtown Detroit five out of four stars! You’ll be humming Lee Greenwood the rest of the night!

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