DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit Fireworks is one of the biggest events of the summer, and the best spot to watch the festive display is right on Belle Isle.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says Belle Isle Park will open to vehicle traffic at 2 p.m. Monday, June 27, for the 8th annual Ford Fireworks along the Detroit River.

In addition to a night of fireworks, the first 1,000 Michigan-registered vehicles that do not currently have the Recreation Passport will be given a complimentary passport courtesy of Ford.

The Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry to all 102 Michigan state parks, including Belle Isle. It also gains motorists access to 138 state forest rustic campgrounds and many free, family-friendly events, as well as parking for hundreds of miles of trails and fee-based boat launches. The sticker is valid until the next vehicle plate renewal date.

DNR staff and volunteers will direct traffic to designated parking areas located throughout the island. Parking also is available in the paddock area, located near the intersection of Casino Way and Central Avenue, and staff will be there to park cars.

“The fireworks show provides a great family evening on the island where one can view the fireworks while having a cookout and enjoying the park,” said Karis Floyd, Belle Isle park manager, said in a statement.

To ensure that each visitor has the opportunity to enjoy Detroit’s popular fireworks display, the public is reminded that:

• Alcohol consumption is prohibited on the island except by use permit, which can be obtained from the park supervisor with a shelter or event rental.

• Tents and canopies should be 9 feet by 9 feet or smaller with no more than two tents or canopies per group.

• Consumer fireworks are prohibited on the island, which is a standard rule for all Michigan state parks.

• Standard park hours are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., but Belle Isle will remain open until the fireworks display is completed. The park will close immediately after the fireworks.



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