Detroit’s Ford Fireworks Celebrate 60 Years

The annual show will light up the riverfront on June 25


More than 10,000 pyrotechnic effects light up the skyline along the Detroit riverfront during the annual Ford Fireworks.

For some families, it’s an annual tradition. For others, it’s a one-time event. In either case, the Ford Fireworks is a great excuse to celebrate summer and the upcoming Fourth of July holiday with thousands of fellow locals.

This year, the 60th Ford Fireworks will be lighting up the Detroit riverfront on June 25 (weather permitting). The annual event is produced by The Parade Co. (the folks behind the annual Thanksgiving Day parade, the Turkey Trot, and more). Ford Motor Co. has been the title sponsor of The Ford Fireworks and presenting sponsor of The Parade Company’s Rooftop Party since 2013.

This year’s theme is “Come Alive in the D.” Once again, The Parade Co. is teaming up with Zambelli Fireworks Internationale to stage the show. It will be choreographed by renowned pyrotechnic Patrick Brault, who has worked on the Detroit fireworks since 2009. He’s designed pyrotechnic displays around the globe, including those at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

While the fireworks can be seen for free along the Detroit riverfront, some of the best seats in the house are at the Ford Fireworks Rooftop Party — a fundraiser that benefits The Parade Co. Guests get a great view of downtown, plus live music, food, and more.

If you can’t make it downtown, watch to the festivities on WDIV Local 4’s television broadcast from home, or listen on WJR-AM 760 radio.   

For more information, visit or call 313-923-7400.

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