Hellooooo all Detroiters and Metro Detroiters, tonight is the 60th annual Ford Fireworks on the Detroit River!
If you’re like me and have a penchant for all things that fit the summer aesthetic, then seeing this classic firecracker show is necessary. The show begins at 9:55 p.m., so you’ll want to get down here early to claim a good spot with a competitive view.
Question is— where do you go to watch the fireworks? Since the light show is on the water, there are plenty of places to check out, but deciding which one is best for you can be difficult. To help you out and make your night as easy as possible, I’ve compiled a list of the hottest locations to hit up to watch this show from.
Less than two miles away from the river, the Cobo Center is a top spot to park your lawn chairs at. With adequate concrete space, finding a place to set shop up at will be easy. Even better, Anchor Bar and Townhouse, J’adore-approved bars, are nearby. Getting your grub and drink on before the real party starts has never been easier.
The ever historic and endlessly beautiful Belle Isle goes well with the night’s mood of pretty views. With 982 acres, lush gardens and a scenic view of the water, you’ll have limited obstructions of the fireworks. Keep in mind that you can’t view on the MacArthur Bridge itself, but it will be open.
Mt. Elliot, Owens Park and Erma Henderson Park
Being on the riverfront itself, these three will be definite hotspots. While there aren’t many things to do in the parks themselves, they’ll be the simple places to go to if you want to just chill out and pack your own picnic. #Instagramgoals maybe? I think yes.
If you’re tough enough to face the crowd (unlike myself), Hart Plaza will give a great view of the fireworks. Right down the street from the Cobo Center, it’s also surrounded by delish restaurants that you can pop by if you come down early enough.
Wherever you decide to go tonight, be prepared to face some gnarly parking sitches. It’ll be all worth it when you feel like a little kid watching one of the best firework shows in the state, so don't let this scare you away.
Keep it sparklin',