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Detroit Target Fireworks Preview

June 22, 2012 6:00 AM

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Detroit Target Fireworks
Detroit, MI
(313) 923-7400
www.theparade.org

Hours: June 25 – 10:06 p.m.

The 54th Annual Detroit Target Fireworks will light up the sky over the Detroit River with an impressive international display that includes 10,000 fireworks, making it one of the largest show of its kind. Attracting roughly a million spectators every year, these fireworks are a Detroit tradition. Each year’s event aims to top the year before, with new techniques, new fireworks and choreography set to music sure to bring out the oohs and ahs from kids and adults alike. Plan to arrive early for the best seats, or check out these, some of the best places to spot the show.

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Official VIP Rooftop Party
Miller Parking Garage

400 Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI  48279
(313) 259-2434
www.theparade.org

Price: $200 per adult/$100 per child age 3 to 6/free children 2 and younger/$50 parking

For a five-star fireworks experience, the VIP Rooftop Party is hard to beat. The garage rooftop, located just west of the Renaissance Center building, offers a gorgeous view of the city any day. Watching the fireworks explode over the river and skylines of both Windsor and Detroit from that vantage point makes for an amazing night of entertainment. The festivities, presented by Charter One and delivered by the Parade Company, include music, games, delicious food and activities for the whole family.

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RiverWalk
Detroit River
Detroit, MI
(313) 588-8200
www.detroitriverfront.org

Incorporating three miles of recent development along the Detroit River, RiverWalk offers plenty of pleasant spots for viewing the annual fireworks show and enjoying the river beforehand. Some viewing areas will be closed as they reach capacity, as may some sections of the RiverWalk itself. Alcohol is not allowed on the Riverfront. Food and other beverages are permitted, but flame or fires are not. Pets are not allowed in this area.

Related: Pets May Need Extra Help During Noisy Fireworks

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Hart Plaza
One Hart Plaza
Detroit, MI  48226
(313) 877-8077
www.detroitriverfront.org

Located midway along the RiverWalk, the 14-acre Hart Plaza boasts space for 40,000 fireworks fans. The Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain, with its intricate water and light displays, is sure to add an element of fun to the fireworks show. Alcohol, pets, flame, fires, tents and cooking are prohibited in Hart Plaza. Entry to the plaza will close at 8:30 p.m.

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Belle Isle
E. Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 626-2081
www.detroitmi.gov

Enthusiastic fireworks fans will be granted access to Belle Isle beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, until capacity is reached. Belle Isle offers a variety of activities to help pass the time from early morning until the fireworks start. Grilling is allowed in designated areas, for those who want to grill burgers and dogs, or enjoy s’mores during the display. Canopies or pop-ups without sides are allowed, provided they are no larger than 10-foot by 10-foot.

Related: Best Picnic Spots in Detroit

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Historic Fort Wayne
6325 W. Jefferson
Detroit, MI  48207
(313) 628-0796
www.detroitmi.gov

Price: $5 parking

Originally built in anticipation of attacks on the United States by British Canada, Fort Wayne has spent most of its 160-year history as a peaceful induction point for Michigan soldiers entering U.S. conflicts. The fort is now owned and operated by the Detroit Recreation Department, and is an educational and interesting spot for viewing the annual Detroit fireworks. On fireworks day, the Fort gates open at 4 p.m. Contact the Fort for availability of pre-scheduled guided tours. No pets, alcoholic beverages, cooking, fires, glass containers, fishing or swimming is permitted at the fort, and spectators are advised to stay at least 15 feet away from the river’s edge.

Dining

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Joe Muer Seafood
400 Renaissance Center
Suite 1404
Detroit, MI  48243
(313) 567-6837
www.joemuerseafood.com

Price: $150 prix fixe for adults/$75 for kids 6 to 13

For generations of Detroiters, the Muers’ family name is inextricably linked to a fine seafood dining experience. The original Joe Muer Seafood restaurant opened in 1929 but closed in 1988. In 2011, the founder’s grandson, along with the Andiamo president and CEO, collaborated to bring back the ambiance and quality of the original with a new twist. The night will include live entertainment and a waterfront patio view of the fireworks.

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Signature Grill
250 Riverfront Dr.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 394-0667
www.signaturedetroit.com

The Signature Grill is one of the city’s hidden gems, tucked into the residential area of the Detroit riverfront. The Casual Monday menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches and Signature pizzas. An expansive view of the river and the Canadian skyline makes the restaurant a popular destination on fireworks night, so reservations are highly recommended. The Grill is located about two miles from Hart Plaza, and offers a private walkway to the Joe Louis Arena People Mover station so those who want to be closer to the heart of the fireworks action may ride the train to the plaza.

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Sindbads at the River
100 St. Clair
Detroit, MI  48214
(313) 822-8000
www.sindbads.com

Since 1949, Sindbads has provided Detroiters with simple, delicious food of quality and value. Located on the river, the restaurant has its own marina, offering wells for seasonal rental and guest wells for dining or overnight stays. The menu features sandwiches, homemade soups and chowder, Black Angus burgers and steaks, and a variety of seafood dishes to whet any appetite. Sindbads is just a mile from the Belle Isle bridge and the RiverWalk area.

Jennifer Walker is a freelance writer living in Detroit. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in animal science from Michigan State University. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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