Everything you need to know if you're coming downtown for Monday's fireworks

Thousands of spectators will soon line shores of Detroit River to watch 55th annual Ford Fireworks

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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 Hart Plaza.  Admittance onto Belle Isle and pedestrian set-up at Hart Plaza will not be permitted before 2 p.m. on June 24. 

Best viewing sites:

Hart Plaza: Pedestrian set-up at Hart Plaza will not be permitted before 2 p.m. on June 24.

Entry to Hart Plaza will close once it has reached desired capacity.  There is "No Re-Admittance" once you leave Hart Plaza. 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 MacArthur Bridge 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, Owens Park and Erma Henderson Park. The Detroit RiverWalk will be CLOSED.

$10 Parking:

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 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.

Lost Children:

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 – Cobo Center, 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

Road Closures:

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.

Jefferson Avenue will be closed to eastbound and westbound traffic between the Chrysler Freeway (I-375) and Griswold, except for emergency vehicles. All other eastbound vehicles will be routed north onto the Chrysler service drive.

West Jefferson from Cobo Center westbound will be closed. Parking will be prohibited on West Jefferson, on Civic Center Drive and on Atwater to St. Aubin.

Outbound traffic will be routed on West Jefferson from the Joe Louis Arena garage to Rosa Parks Boulevard; traffic will then proceed north on Rosa Parks to the freeways.

Traffic on Gratiot Avenue between I-375 and Randolph will be routed one way northbound only.

Traffic on Brush between Lafayette and Madison will be routed northeast onto Gratiot or east onto Madison.

Monroe Street, between Randolph and Woodward Avenue, will be barricaded and closed. Traffic on Monroe between Randolph and I-375 will be routed to travel eastbound only.

Third Street at West Jefferson will be closed to the public and restricted for emergency vehicle use.

Fort Street traffic between Cabacier and Rosa Parks Boulevard will be restricted to residents of the Riverfront Towers Apartments/Condominiums.

Eastbound traffic on Fort Street will be allowed to turn right onto Griswold and proceed to the Lodge Freeway.

Traffic on Trumbull Avenue between W. Fort and Fisher Freeway will be routed to travel northbound only.

Traffic on Larned and Congress will be allowed to flow in respective directions, with no southbound turns except vehicles en route to the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel via Randolph.

Michigan Avenue traffic will be westbound only.

Fireworks traffic:

All traffic proceeding south on Griswold will be directed to the Lodge Freeway, via Congress.

Eastbound Lafayette traffic will turn right at Griswold and proceed to westbound Congress to northbound Lodge freeway.

St. Antoine traffic flow will be one way northbound from Atwater after the fireworks display.

Woodbridge, Franklin, and Atwater between St. Antoine and Rivard will be one way, eastbound throughout the evening.

Rivard will be one way northbound from Atwater to Lafayette after the fireworks display.

E. Grand Blvd. will be used for outbound traffic from Belle Isle. Belle Isle traffic will proceed northbound on East Grand Boulevard and eastbound on East Jefferson.

Parking restrictions:

No parking on West Jefferson between 23rd and St. Anne.

All the main streets – Michigan, Grand River, Gratiot, E. Grand Blvd. and W. Grand Blvd. – will remain open to allow motorists access to freeways. Woodward will remain open north of the Fisher Freeway service drive.

Beginning at 2 p.m., surface streets south of Jefferson between Rivard and Jos. Campau will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrians.

Beginning at 6 p.m., freeways will begin to close. There will be no vehicular traffic south of Jefferson from Third to Jos. Campau.

The Detroit Police Department will reserves the right to request closure of the freeways and surfaces streets earlier or later, depending on the volume of vehicle traffic.

Towing enforcement:

Towed vehicles within the downtown area will be held at 2121 W. Fort near Rosa Parks. Vehicles towed on Belle Isle will remain on the island. Tow lots close at 1 a.m.  The fee for towing is $125.

People mover:

The Detroit People Mover (DPM) will operate from 6:30 a.m.– midnight. Due to the early closures of the Cobo, Millender and Renaissance centers, trains will bypass these facilities on June 24 beginning at noon for the Millender and Renaissance center stops and 3 p.m. at Cobo.  There will be no public access to these People Mover stations.  Patrons are asked to exit at the nearest available station.  Bricktown, Financial District and Joe Louis Arena (via the RiverWalk) stations are within walking distance to Hart Plaza.  All other DPM stations will remain open and receive train service until midnight.

Bus routes and detours during the fireworks.

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