Weeks of preparation and fundraising by the volunteer St. Clair Shores Activities Committee are nearly complete for a night of "ooohs" and "aaahs" for the annual show on June 24 at .
Food, entertainment and park access for the annual event, which draws thousands of people to the park and nearby neighborhoods around Masonic and Jefferson, were recently released by the committee.
The park will open at 1 p.m. for attendees to find the perfect spot to watch the fireworks display. Pets and alcohol will not be allowed, and organizers will be checking coolers.
A dedicated line will be established for those who purchased a $2 per-person entry wristband in advance. The wristbands will also be available at the door for the same price.
This is the first year an admission will be charged for the event, which is entirely funded by donations.
"It isn't because the city could fund it, we couldn't get the donations to fund (the entire $50,000 cost)," said Maureen Antushevich, chairwoman of the Activities Committee.
She added that while the cost is minimal, attendees will be able to watch the fireworks, play in the splash zone, enjoy music provided by Elite Entertainment and participate in children's games and face painting.
Businesses in the Shores have also donated to the fireworks including , which is the title sponsor of the event, donating $9,000 for fireworks. Other sponsors includes Ice Cream, , and Jewelry.
Additionally, $5 parking passes will be available for the lot across from the park. Antushevich added that purchasing a pass in advance will guarantee parking in the lot.
"It is a great event in our city," said Mayor Robert Hison. "For $2 it is a bargain."
Organizers and city officials also had the following tips and suggestions for those attending the fireworks:
- Wristbands are available for $2 per person until Thursday night at , or at the two First State Bank locations ( and ).
- Gates open at 1 p.m. to the park. A dedicated line for those with wristbands will be established.
- Parking passes are also available at Parks & Recreation for $5. There will be no overnight parking Thursday in the lot. Those who have a pass will be guaranteed a spot. The lot opens at noon Friday.
- The splash pad will be open until 9 p.m., which is later than the normal schedule.
- Elite Entertainment will begin playing music at 4 p.m. Friday.
- Children's games and face painting will be available in the evening.
- Food will be available for purchase from National Coney Island and Mastro's Ice Cream.
- Glow necklaces will be sold the by St. Clair Shores Extreme Sports Club, which is raising money for the skate park, for $3 each or two for $5.
- The show will be about 35 minutes long, which is five minutes longer than past years.
- The rain date is June 25. For any cancellations, check the city website or call 586-447-3344.
- Visitors to the Shores are asked not to block driveways in the neighborhoods around the park. Those cars will be towed.
- Traffic may move slower this year due to construction on Harper. Plan alternate routes.