DETROIT (WWJ) – Thousands will line the Detroit River shores to watch the 2011 Target Fireworks, scheduled for Monday, June 27.

“The Target Fireworks bring the city of Detroit, Windsor and our region together in a positive way and creates memories for millions,” said Tony Michaels, president & CEO, The Parade Company, which produces the annual event. “Thanks to Target, we are able to continue this beloved and vital tradition going year after year in our community.”

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The Target Fireworks, which feature more than 10,000 pyrotechnic effects, are launched from three barges in the Detroit River and can be seen for miles.

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The City of Detroit issued the following information to ensure that spectators of all ages will have a good time:

Curfew will be actively enforced in all viewing areas. The curfew is:
• 15 years old and under: 10 p.m.
• 16 and 17 years old: 11 p.m.

All minors must be accompanied by an adult, 18 years old and older.

Parents can find lost children in the following locations:
• Downtown/Hart Plaza – Hart Plaza in Lower Level Office – (313) 628-1150
• Belle Isle – Harbormaster on Inselruhe and Riverbank – (313) 628-2061 or (313) 628-2062
• Southwest Area – Riverside Park, Historic Fort Wayne, and Roosevelt Park at the Southwestern Police District – 4700 W. Fort Street – (313) 596-5300

Residents must take steps to ensure their family is prepared for a possible emergency. Important
items to have ready include:

A battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, medicines, non-perishable food, and first-aid supplies.

For more information on family preparedness visit

The following locations have been identified as the best viewing sites:
Hart Plaza-
• Entry to Hart Plaza will close at 8:30 p.m.
• 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 still be accessible for normal activity on June 27.
• Viewing from the MacArthur Bridge will not be permitted.
• On Sunday, June 26, the ordinance that limits access to Belle Isle after 10 p.m. will be enforced. No overnight parking or camping will be allowed on June 26.
• Access to Belle Isle begins at 6 a.m. on June 27 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.
• Free limited parking will be available near the Boat House. Parking on the Casino Paddock $10 per car and $20 per recreational vehicle.
• Beginning the evening of Sunday, June 26 until Monday, June 27 at 6 a.m., these streets will be closed: From the Message Board on Sunset, down Fountain Dr., around the Fountain and out the Strand, Casino Way to Sunset, and Picnic Way to the Strand.
• 10’ x 10’ canopies with no sides are allowed. Canopies larger than 10’ x 10’ are not allowed.
• Grilling must only take place in designated areas. No portable grills allowed on western tip of Belle Isle.

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-Riverside Park-
• 10’ x 10’ canopies with no sides are allowed, Canopies larger than 10×10 are not allowed.
• No alcohol allowed.
• No gas/propane grilling allowed.

-Historic Fort Wayne-
• Gates open at 4 p.m. and secured parking is available ($5 per vehicle).
• NO pets, however service animals are welcome.
• For this event – NO barbecues, fires, alcoholic beverages, or glass containers allowed.
• NO fishing or swimming is permitted.
• Spectators are encouraged to stay at least 15 feet from the river’s edge.

-Detroit RiverWalk-
• Entry into specific viewing areas will be closed based on occupancy and public safety
• Reserving an area in excess of the number of people currently in the group is prohibited.
• RiverWalk will close at 1 p.m. (Between Third and Bates only).
• No alcohol, pets or contraband will be allowed.
• Coolers and backpacks will be searched.
• Flames or fires are prohibited.
• No tents allowed.

-Cobo Center-
• No tailgating or fireworks viewing from Cobo Roof parking
• No loitering allowed.

*In addition, Chene Park, St. Aubin Park, Riverside Park, Mt. Elliot Park, Tri-centennial Park, Owen Park and Erma Henderson Park are also great for viewing the fireworks.

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 lot closes at 1 a.m.

If vehicles were towed within the downtown area, two shuttles will be available to transport owners to their vehicles. Shuttles will leave from Cobo Center – Washington Blvd. & Jefferson, and Jefferson & I-375 (Speedy Gas Station). The shuttle will operate from 9:45 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. The fee for towing is $75.

The Detroit People Mover will operate from 6:30 a.m. – 1 a.m. The fare is 50 cents per ride, and children ages five and under ride free. For more information, go online to or call (313) 224-2160.

Motorists are advised to observe parking restrictions. Parking violators will be ticketed, and in some instances, vehicles may be towed.

The Municipal Parking Department (MPD) will boot and tow vehicles that are in violation and may compromise the public health and safety:

Improper parking includes vehicles within 20 feet from crosswalk; within 15 feet from an intersection, within 30 feet of a stop sign or traffic control device; and within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. MPD also will ticket vehicles parked in a handicap zone (without proper credentials), fire lane, no parking zones, and in no standing zones.

With a price of $10 per day, the following City-owned garages and lots will be open. Fireworks
viewing from any parking facility is prohibited. Also, tailgating is not allowed.

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• Ford Underground Garage (30 E. Jefferson) 6 a.m. – 1 a.m.
• Joe Louis Arena Garage (900 W. Jefferson) 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
• Millennium Garage (432 W. Congress) 6 a.m. – 1 a.m.
• Premier Garage (1206-018 Woodward Ave.) 24 hours and 7 days
• Cadillac/Farmer Lot (1025 Farmer) 6 a.m. – 1 a.m.