2021 Ford Fireworks Show Will Go on as a Televised-Only Event

This year’s show will honor local educators
2021 Ford Fireworks
The 2021 Ford Fireworks show will light up the sky on June 28. // Photograph courtesy of The Parade Co.

Although most of the pandemic restrictions have now lifted across the state, the annual Ford Fireworks will still go on as a televised-only event this year. And while we can’t wait until we can gather again in downtown Detroit for the annual event, luckily, we have a big show to look forward to on June 28.

According to The Parade Co., the local nonprofit that organizes the Ford Fireworks each year, the 2021 show is set to be one of the largest in the event’s history. Staged by Zambelli Fireworks, the show will last 26 minutes, which is one minute longer than the usual show, and feature substantially more fireworks. For reference, typically the Ford Fireworks include more than 10,000 pyrotechnic effects.

The show will be broadcast live from Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Twp. just after 10 p.m. — the park will be closed to the public on June 28. Instead of in-person viewing, metro Detroiters can enjoy the fireworks by tuning into WDIV-Local 4 or clickondetroit.com from 9-11 p.m.

“We are proud to bring the Ford Fireworks to our community in a very special way,” says Tony Michaels, president and CEO of The Parade Co., in a press release. “We have an unwavering commitment to this tradition, which has brought us together as one for over six decades…”

Last year’s event — which was also a televised-only show due to COVID — honored frontline workers and heroes. This theme this year is Turn the Page. The Ford Fireworks will give thanks to local teachers, professors, and school counselors who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic.

“Ford is honored to be a longtime supporter of this annual event that celebrates and unites people and communities across Southeast Michigan,” says Mary Culler, president of Ford Motor Co. Fund, in a press release. “During this year’s fireworks, we are planning a special salute to teachers and educators throughout metro Detroit who have done so much to help our youth get through this challenging year.”

The Parade Co., which is celebrating the 63rd anniversary of the Ford Fireworks this year, plans to bring the show back to Detroit in 2022.

For more information, visit theparade.org.  

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