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Detroiters prepare for this year's fireworks show

DETROIT – It's the time of the year when hundreds of thousands of people will flock to the river and downtown for the big show in the sky. While most people enjoy the fireworks, many dread the commotion.

Some fireworks fans are already in position Sunday for the big show.

"Detroit puts on a pretty good fireworks show, they really do," Debbie Allen said.

A boat crew docks its five boats at McKinley Arena three days in advance.

"We've got an excellent view of the fireworks," Darryl McWilliams said. "This is why we're here. They're probably 500 feet from us."

As they hang out, they realize they're avoiding something many people dread.

"I'm not looking forward to to the traffic," llen said. "The traffic is horrible."

Speaking of traffic, Jefferson will be closed Monday, starting at 6 p.m. from the Cobo Center to I-375.

And if you're thinking of watching from Belle Isle, it won't open until 2 p.m. and you will need to purchase a recreation pass.

"After the fireworks we stay here until the next day," McWilliams said.

If you want to hang out at Hart Plaza, it'll be open, but you can't set up chairs and blankets until after 2 p.m. You won't have to feed parking after 5 p.m.

At Belle Isle, the first 1,000 cars get in free. If you can't get to the show, you can watch the Ford Fireworks live on Local 4.