detroit fireworks

photo: dreamstime

Ford Fireworks Show Dazzles In Downtown Detroit

June 25, 2018 - 10:48 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) -- Tens of thousands of people took to downtown Detroit Monday night to watch the 60th annual Ford Fireworks display that lit up the Detroit Riverfront.

Reports say that at least one person was arrested, and several people were removed from Hart Plaza, where pedestrians were turned away around 9:20 p.m., due to peak capacity.

Thousands traveled over the bridge to Belle Isle, lining the island early in the day with lawn chairs, blankets and barbecues. 

Stephanie Lyles of Detroit watched the display from Belle Isle -- as she has done since she was a toddler. She said it's a tradition for people of all ages.

"Seeing it live and up front and in person, seeing the smiles on the kids' faces," Lyles told WWJ's Jason Scott. "You see a lot of older couples out here, just enjoying the atmosphere. It's amazing, it's really a site to see."

Isaiah Bryant of Detroit said he and his family enjoy going because Detroit puts a lot of effort into the display -- more so than the likes of Chicago and New York, he says. And that gives it a "small town feel" in a big city.

"To me, it just means family getting out," said. "We're experiencing what Detroit has to offer, which is the fireworks. They spend quite a great, great deal on their fireworks. More than anywhere I've been and I've been to a lot of different [fireworks displays>."

Parade Company CEO Tony Michaels said this year's show lasted for about 24 minutes and was "timed to the second." Past shows have run 15 to 20 minutes.