City of Detroit releases viewing areas, curfew policies for Ford Fireworks

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Hundreds of thousands of spectators will line the shores of the Detroit River to enjoy The Ford Fireworks presented by Ford Motor Company on Monday, June 23.  To help make this an enjoyable experience for all, the City of Detroit will enforce access restrictions to Belle Isle and Hart Plaza. 

Admittance onto Belle Isle and pedestrian set-up at Hart Plaza will not be permitted before 2 p.m. on June 23.  See below for more information about this year's fireworks.

Viewing areas

The following locations have been identified as the best viewing sites:

Hart Plaza

  • Hart Plaza will be open to the general public, but pedestrian set-ups and/or gatherings will not be permitted before 2 p.m. on June 23. 
  • Entry to Hart Plaza will close once it has reached desired capacity. There is No Re-Admittance once you leave Hart Plaza.
  • No tents 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
  • Belle Isle will open at 5 a.m. for all pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
  • Belle Isle will be closed on Monday, June 23, until 2 p.m. for vehicle traffic.
  • Motorists will need the Recreation Passport to enter the island.  The passport, which is only needed for vehicles, may be purchased at the entrance for $11.
  • Once island capacity is reached, no additional vehicles will be admitted to the park.
  • Alcohol consumption is prohibited on the island except by use permit, which can be obtained from the park supervisor with a shelter or event rental.
  • Tents and canopies should be 9 feet by 9 feet or smaller with no more than two tents or canopies per group.
  • Consumer fireworks are prohibited on the island.

The Detroit RiverWalk and Riverside Park will be CLOSED.

Curfew enforcement

The City will actively enforce a citywide curfew requiring that all minors age 17 and under 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 23 until 6 a.m. on June 24.

Minors in violation of the curfew will be taken to Southwestern District at 4700 W. Fort and issued a ticket.  Minors will be held there until picked up by a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian also may receive a parental responsibility violation ticket.

Lost children

Parents can find lost children in the following locations:

  • Downtown/Hart Plaza – Cobo Center, Wayne Hall – (313) 877-8777
  • Butzel Family Center–7737 Kercheval
  • Southwest Area – Southwestern Police District – 4700 W. Fort Street - (313) 596-5300

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