DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Big crowds are expected in Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, for the annual fireworks display over the Detroit River.

The 2015 Detroit Ford Fireworks, scheduled for Monday night, have been moved up an hour due to the threat of severe storms. The new time is 9:06 p.m. 

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The event hosted by The Parade Co. attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators along the water between the border cities. Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. has served as the event’s title sponsor since 2013.

Some spectators with gather on Belle Isle, where vehicle traffic is limited. Thunderstorms are in the forecast for Monday night that could affect the event.

Ford also will host “Focus on Freedom” at the fireworks for the second year. Working with the Yankee Air Museum, the event honors more than 250 active and retired military veterans and their families with a reception and up-close view of the fireworks.

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Tony Michaels, President and CEO of The Parade Company, explained the night’s theme: “The Colors of Love.”

“Everyone’s gotta love each other, and to make this city successful everyone has to come together,” Michaels told WWJ Newsradio 950. “So, you’re gonna see some new colors, you’re gonna hear a lot of music dealing with a lot of love.”

Meantime, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 9 p.m.  Get complete weather information HERE.

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