Monday’s fireworks cap River Days weekend

Christine MacDonald
The Detroit News
Visitors check out the Appledore IV ship during the 8th Annual River Days held along the Detroit River Walk on Sunday.

Detroit— Grab a lawn chair and a good seat because Detroit’s annual 57th Ford Fireworks show is Monday night.

Kristin Barlow of Detroit and her family plan to be there with lawn chairs in tow.

“I remember going to the fireworks with my mom as a kid,” Barlow said. “We’d go the whole day ... and pack a lunch. It’s a traditional thing.”

Barlow may also need an umbrella. Showers and thunderstorms are likely after 8 p.m. The show is scheduled for 10:06 p.m. If it is called off because of rain, the fireworks would be held Tuesday, the city said.

Entry to Belle Isle and Hart Plaza, some of the most popular viewing areas, won’t start until 2 p.m. and alcohol is not allowed at the sites. The Detroit RiverWalk and Riverside Park will be closed, according to the Detroit Parade Company’s website.

The Detroit People Mover will run from 6 a.m. until midnight. And a curfew for unaccompanied minors 17 and under is in place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the downtown area.

Despite heavy planned police presence, Maria Barajas and her fiancee, Chris Torres, both of Detroit, said they won’t be making the trek downtown to see the show.

“It’s a safety thing,” Barajas said.

“If it was just us, it wouldn’t be a problem,” Torres said, referring to their 6-year-old son.

Instead, they took Tony on Sunday to the GM River Days, for the rides and a temporary Batman tattoo. The three-day festival and build up to Monday’s fireworks, included concerts, carnival rides and an air show along the Detroit Riverfront.

“I love coming down here, feeling the breeze near the water,” said Desiree Chappelle, of Grosse Pointe, whose 6-year-old enthusiastically dragged her to the “Orient Express,” a mini-rollar coaster.

Some children play at the fountains during the 8th Annual River Days held at the Detroit River Walk on Sunday.

The excitement wasn’t limited to kids.

Iris Currie, 76, planned to finish her pulled pork sandwich and then head to the Ferris wheel, giant slide and zip line.

“I am very adventurous,” Currie said. “I am enjoying this immensely. No disruptions. Just lots of fun.”

She said she also planned on making the fireworks Monday night to cap off the start of summer.

“Every year I am here,” Currie said. “I am glad there is a police presence. Seems like everyone just wants to have fun.”