Do you know the new restrictions for Detroit, Michigan’s fireworks display?
What types of fireworks are legal to buy in Michigan?
The Fourth of July has long been associated with fireworks. Since our country’s inception, fireworks have become a traditional way to celebrate America’s independence. Residents of Michigan and people all across the country will take a day to celebrate our freedoms.
On the surface it will look like BBQs, potato salad and lots of red, white and blue decorations, but underneath you will see a country’s pride. As we prepare to celebrate, I wanted to take time to share with you about fireworks in Michigan.
Fireworks are a big part of celebrating the Fourth of July in Detroit, Michigan. While laws have changed and more types of fireworks are allowed, there are other regulations and restrictions you will want to know about.
Legal Fireworks to Purchase in Michigan
Since January 1, 2012, Michigan residents have been able to legally purchase the following fireworks:
- Roman Candles
- Bottle Rockets
Notable Regulations for Michigan Fireworks
When looking to celebrate with fireworks the last word you want to read is “regulation”, but I encourage you to read through this section.
- You must be 18 years or older to purchase fireworks in Michigan.
- If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will not be allowed to purchase fireworks regardless of being 18 years or older.
- Unless consent is previously obtained, the use of fireworks on public, school or the private property of someone other than yourself is prohibited.
“The Common Sense Bill”
Last year in response to the previous year’s celebrations, Governor Snyder signed what was called the Common Sense Bill.
This bill that is now law, allows the city, township or ordinance to ban overnight fireworks – the use of discharge. This ban can start the day before a national holiday, continue on the national holiday and even the day after.
The fine for violation of this ban could lead to a $500 fine.
In areas where local governments have a population of at least 50,000 people or the county has at least 750,000 residents, firework blasts are prohibited between 12 am and 8 am. This is true on all holidays accept New Year’s Eve when it’s prohibited between 1 am – 8 am.
To find out if your area allows fireworks after 12 am, make sure to contact your city, township or village.
New Restrictions for Fireworks in Detroit, Michigan
It is being anticipated that over 1 million people will travel to Detroit, Michigan this year to see the “Ford Fireworks”. However, due to the police cracking down, notable areas are now being avoided by local residents.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan State Police have increased patrols on Belle Isle in hopes to make the park a more family friendly environment.
Before Belle Isle was a common place to drink and smoke marijuana, the Free Press reports. From February 1st – May 25th the State Police reported,
- Issuing 614 warnings
- 70 citations
- Arrested 14 felons
- Arrested 61 people with outstanding speeding tickets and warrants
With the increased patrols, more and more local Detroit residents are avoiding the Isle.
Crowd Control for 4th of July in Detroit, Michigan
If you are planning on heading out to Detroit to see the fireworks, make sure to read through this list of restrictions,
- Anyone 17 and under must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian unless they are working or organized sports event. This curfew starts Monday at 6 pm and continues to Tuesday at 6 am.
- Traffic will be closed to Belle Isle until 2 pm accept for bicyclists and pedestrians.
- The Hart Plaza will only admit as many people as the officials have determined it is capable for, after that access to the Plaza will be closed.
- RiverWalk and Riverside Park will be closed.
Detroit is working hard to make sure this year’s Fourth of July celebrations are safe and fun. The regulations may seem frustrating, but they are being put in place to keep everyone safe. We hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday. For a list of fireworks displays throughout Michigan, please see: Michigan Fireworks.
How are you planning to celebrate the Fourth of July this year?