Detroit has many bright spots; some are routinely overlooked or downplayed. The annual fireworks display over the Detroit River is almost universally hailed as one of—if not the—best in the country. About the 52nd Annual Target Fireworks show, Logan Randolph had only praise. The 9-year old Jacksonville, FL, boy said:
Oh, it’s the best in the world. Any other fireworks are nothing compared to this.
Nearly a million people attended Detroit’s fireworks. For years, the firworks were part of the Canadian-US Freedom Festival, but the Freedom Festival became River Days four years ago.
For many people, the fireworks extravaganza is an all day affair. The epicenter on the Detroit side is Hart Plaza, a riverfront venue. Musicians and food vendors have people enjoying themselves up until the start of the firworks. The fireworks include 10,000 or more pyrotechnic devices.