June 18, 2014 at 11:02 pm

New rules for Detroit's annual fireworks show

Dana Randall watches the 2013 show atop Miller Parking Garage. (John T. Greilick / The Detroit News)

Detroit Nearly 1 million viewers are set to converge downtown Monday for the fireworks show along the Detroit River, and a prime viewing spot, Belle Isle, comes with new rules this year.

City officials outlined the new guidelines to watch the 56th Ford Fireworks event on the 982-acre island park now under state control. The island will open at 5 a.m. for pedestrian and bicycle traffic; cars will not be allowed on Belle Isle until 2 p.m., officials said Wednesday.

Other rules for Belle Isle during the fireworks:

■No viewing from the MacArthur Bridge

■ A recreation passport will be required to enter; passport fee is $11. No cars will be admitted after island is full, officials said.

■ No personal fireworks or alcohol use are allowed without a permit, which can be obtained from the park supervisor with a shelter or event rental.

■Tents and canopies should be 9 feet by 9 feet or smaller with no more than two per group.

Thousands of others will stake out locations throughout downtown Detroit including Hart Plaza, Mt. Elliott Park, Owen Park and Erma Henderson Park.

Hart Plaza will be open, but people will not be allowed to begin setting up until 2 p.m. Monday. Hart Plaza will close once capacity is reached and there is no readmittance once people leave.

No tents, alcohol, cooking, pets or weapons will be allowed on Hart Plaza. Officials warn that coolers and backpacks will be searched.

The city has set other guidelines for parking and transportation. Motorists are urged to observe parking laws; violators will be ticketed and possibly towed for a $215 fee. Cars towed downtown will be held on the lot at West Fort near Rosa Parks, while those on Belle Isle will remain there. The tow lots close at 1 a.m.

City-owned lots such as Joe Louis, Millennium, Premier and Ford Underground will be open. The lots charge a maximum of $15. The Millennium garage is open all night, but others close at 1 a.m.

The People Mover will operate from 6 a.m. to midnight for a 75-cent fee. City buses will have additional service and the Rosa Parks Transit Center will stay open until 1 a.m.

A citywide curfew will be enforced. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Minors will be allowed to travel to and from work or organized sporting events. The curfew is in effect from 6 p.m. Monday through 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Minors caught on a curfew violation will be issued a ticket and taken to Southwestern District, 4700 W. Fort. They will be held until picked up by a parent or guardian, who may also receive a parental responsibility violation ticket, officials said.

Officials also warn of street and freeway closures after 6 p.m. Monday.

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