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Where to watch Detroit’s 2019 Ford Fireworks

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The 61st annual Ford Fireworks are scheduled on Monday night, June 24 at 9:55 p.m., and we’re here to help you find the right place to watch them. As always, the fireworks are over the Detroit River, so rooftop decks or riverfront parks are good bets. If you don't have friends in high places (literally), there are still plenty of options. Here's a map of ideas ranging from free to fancy.

A few notes

  • Parking meters will not be enforced after 5 p.m., but ticketing will occur for improper parking (just make sure you’re in an actual parking spot)
  • QLine service will end southbound at the Sproat Station and begin northbound at Adelaide starting at 6 p.m. and it will run until midnight.
  • The People Mover will be running, with some stations closed. The Financial District will be the closest stop to the festivities.
  • Riverside Park and the RiverWalk (from Yzerman Drive to Joseph Campau) will be closed.
  • Youth 17 and younger need to be with an adult after 8 p.m. downtown.

Getting to the fireworks

By bus:

  • Starting at 5 p.m., these DDOT bus routes will end at the Bricktown People Mover Station: Van Dyke/Lafayette (#5), Gratiot (#6), Jefferson (#9), Russell (#40), Chene (#52), Cadillac/Harper (#67), and Ryan Express (#95)
  • Woodward (#4) will lay over on Woodward at Adams in Grand Circus Park
  • DDOT will have additional Conant (#12) buses leaving Belle Isle every 15 minutes from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. Passengers may board at regular locations and on Casino Way at The Strand and Inselruhe at the White House.
  • All other downtown routes will start and end at Rosa Parks Transit Center
  • For those coming from the suburbs, SMART has arranged a number of temporary parking locations along its FAST routes the night of the fireworks
  • The Detroit People Mover, open until midnight, is a good way to travel between gaps in service. It will bypass the Renaissance Center and Millender Center stations beginning at 2 p.m.

By car:

  • At around 6 p.m., the following street closures will begin: Northbound and southbound on Woodward Avenue beginning at Park and Witherell; all streets south of Fort and west of Woodward; all streets south of Congress and east of Woodward.
  • Ford Underground Garage (30 East Jefferson Avenue) and the Millennium Garage (432 West Congress Street) will be open for 24 hours and cost $10 to park
  • The Joe Louis Arena Garage will be closed

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below or send us a note on the tip line. We’ll update with more information on street closures and news throughout the week.

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1. Hart Plaza

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1 Hart Plz
Detroit, MI
(313) 877-8077

If you’re coming to Hart Plaza, get ready to settle in for a while. This is basically a front row seat, so bring your lawn chairs and get there early if you want to watch with thousands of your closest friends.

According to the city:

Hart Plaza will be open to the general public, but pedestrian set-ups and/or gatherings will not be permitted before 2 p.m. on June 24.  

Entry to Hart Plaza will be open until 9:30 p.m. or until capacity has been reached. There is no re-admittance once you leave.

Those entering Hart Plaza will be subject to security screening. Coolers and backpacks will be searched. No tents, alcohol, drones, pets, or contraband (weapons, knives, etc.) will be allowed. Flames or fires are prohibited, and cooking is prohibited. 

Michelle & Chris Gerard

2. The Spirit of Detroit Plaza

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Coleman A Young Municipal Center
Detroit, MI

Woodward between Jefferson and Larned is closed to traffic. Take a seat here or further into the Esplanade for the evening. Update: The city is now saying that Spirit Plaza may be open and that “access is to be determined on the day of Fireworks.”

Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

3. Belle Isle Park

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Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI
(313) 628-2081
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Get there early! Belle Isle always has some of the best views, and everyone knows it. Expect lots of traffic over on East Jefferson.

According to the city:

Belle Isle will be closed on June 24 until 2 p.m. At that time, the island will open to vehicular traffic. 

Motorists will need the Recreation Passport to enter the island. The passport, which is only needed for vehicles, may be purchased at the entrance for $11. The passport is $9 for out-of-state and international visitors for the day, and $32 for the year. 

Once island capacity is reached (3,000 vehicles), no additional vehicles will be admitted to the park. 

The Island will open at 5 a.m. to pedestrians and bicyclists. 

Alcohol consumption is prohibited on the island. 

Tents and canopies should be 10 feet by 10 feet or smaller with no more than two tents or canopies per group.

RV parking will be on the paddock area near the Casino. 

Consumer fireworks are prohibited on the island.

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4. Mt Elliott Park

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Mt Elliott St.
Detroit, MI

Just before Belle Isle off Jefferson, Mt. Elliott has room to sit and enjoy the fireworks and the kids can play on the pirate ship while they wait.

Mt. Elliott Park

5. Owen Park and Erma Henderson Park

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Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI

Located further down Jefferson, Owen Park and the nearby Erma Henderson Park will be open for viewing. You can see the fireworks over the MacArthur Bridge from here.

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6. Center Parking Garage Rooftop Party

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414 Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48243

Ford Motor Company's Rooftop Party is at the Miller Parking Garage. It's $275 per person, so ... there's that. But it does come with food and drinks.

7. Joe Muer Seafood

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400 Renaissance Ctr
Detroit, MI
(313) 567-6837
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Joe Muer has a front row seat in the Ren Cen, with dinner included. It’s $150 per person, but comes with a five-course meal.

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8. Detroit Princess

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The Detroit Princess will be docked and the evening will include dinner and music. Tickets are $95 for this one.

Michelle & Chris Gerard

9. Crowne Plaza

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2 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 965-0200
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The downtown hotel is hosting a fireworks watch party on its Jefferson Avenue–facing patio. To attend, you have to be a guest at the hotel that night.

10. Bagley Pedestrian Bridge

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Bagley Pedestrian Bridge
Detroit, MI 48216

Looking for a slightly unconventional and free place to watch the fireworks? Then consider going to the Bagley Pedestrian Bridge over I-75. The views may not be quite as spectacular, but there’s also considerably less hassle.

1. Hart Plaza

1 Hart Plz, Detroit, MI
Michelle & Chris Gerard

If you’re coming to Hart Plaza, get ready to settle in for a while. This is basically a front row seat, so bring your lawn chairs and get there early if you want to watch with thousands of your closest friends.

According to the city:

Hart Plaza will be open to the general public, but pedestrian set-ups and/or gatherings will not be permitted before 2 p.m. on June 24.  

Entry to Hart Plaza will be open until 9:30 p.m. or until capacity has been reached. There is no re-admittance once you leave.

Those entering Hart Plaza will be subject to security screening. Coolers and backpacks will be searched. No tents, alcohol, drones, pets, or contraband (weapons, knives, etc.) will be allowed. Flames or fires are prohibited, and cooking is prohibited. 

1 Hart Plz
Detroit, MI

2. The Spirit of Detroit Plaza

Coleman A Young Municipal Center, Detroit, MI
Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

Woodward between Jefferson and Larned is closed to traffic. Take a seat here or further into the Esplanade for the evening. Update: The city is now saying that Spirit Plaza may be open and that “access is to be determined on the day of Fireworks.”

Coleman A Young Municipal Center
Detroit, MI

3. Belle Isle Park

Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI

Get there early! Belle Isle always has some of the best views, and everyone knows it. Expect lots of traffic over on East Jefferson.

According to the city:

Belle Isle will be closed on June 24 until 2 p.m. At that time, the island will open to vehicular traffic. 

Motorists will need the Recreation Passport to enter the island. The passport, which is only needed for vehicles, may be purchased at the entrance for $11. The passport is $9 for out-of-state and international visitors for the day, and $32 for the year. 

Once island capacity is reached (3,000 vehicles), no additional vehicles will be admitted to the park. 

The Island will open at 5 a.m. to pedestrians and bicyclists. 

Alcohol consumption is prohibited on the island. 

Tents and canopies should be 10 feet by 10 feet or smaller with no more than two tents or canopies per group.

RV parking will be on the paddock area near the Casino. 

Consumer fireworks are prohibited on the island.

Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI

4. Mt Elliott Park

Mt Elliott St., Detroit, MI
Mt. Elliott Park

Just before Belle Isle off Jefferson, Mt. Elliott has room to sit and enjoy the fireworks and the kids can play on the pirate ship while they wait.

Mt Elliott St.
Detroit, MI

5. Owen Park and Erma Henderson Park

Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI

Located further down Jefferson, Owen Park and the nearby Erma Henderson Park will be open for viewing. You can see the fireworks over the MacArthur Bridge from here.

Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI

6. Center Parking Garage Rooftop Party

414 Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI 48243

Ford Motor Company's Rooftop Party is at the Miller Parking Garage. It's $275 per person, so ... there's that. But it does come with food and drinks.

414 Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48243

7. Joe Muer Seafood

400 Renaissance Ctr, Detroit, MI
Joe Muer Seafood on Facebook

Joe Muer has a front row seat in the Ren Cen, with dinner included. It’s $150 per person, but comes with a five-course meal.

400 Renaissance Ctr
Detroit, MI

8. Detroit Princess

Detroit, MI
Michelle & Chris Gerard

The Detroit Princess will be docked and the evening will include dinner and music. Tickets are $95 for this one.

9. Crowne Plaza

2 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

The downtown hotel is hosting a fireworks watch party on its Jefferson Avenue–facing patio. To attend, you have to be a guest at the hotel that night.

2 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

10. Bagley Pedestrian Bridge

Bagley Pedestrian Bridge, Detroit, MI 48216

Looking for a slightly unconventional and free place to watch the fireworks? Then consider going to the Bagley Pedestrian Bridge over I-75. The views may not be quite as spectacular, but there’s also considerably less hassle.

Bagley Pedestrian Bridge
Detroit, MI 48216