Kick off summer with the Ford Fireworks

This year’s theme will be ‘Go Forward Detroit’

The 58th annual Ford Fireworks is one of the oldest American traditions, and will return Monday, June 27 with an even bigger and brighter show.

The fireworks will kick off at 9:48 p.m. Last year, the show lasted 24 minutes and is expected to be just under a half hour this year, according to organizers.

The show is staged by Zambelli Fireworks. As with the past six years, the fireworks will once again be choreographed by the world-renowned Patrick Brault, whose experience designing pyrotechnic displays includes the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

This year’s theme will be “Go Forward Detroit.” Starting at 2 p.m., the first 1,000 cars to arrive on Belle Isle will receive a free DNR recreational passport, courtesy of Ford Motor Company. The Parade Company’s president and CEO, Tony Michaels, says he “hopes this year will be jam-packed with people as always.”

Catch the fireworks up close and personal at the Rooftop Party at the Miller Parking Garage next to the Renaissance Center. The bash fundraises for The Parade Company and tickets usually sell out quick. The show will also be broadcast on WDIV (Channel 4).

Reserve tickets online here. Ford Fireworks, June 27. 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit. 313-923-7400 or