What are Detroit’s River Days?
Is it safe to take my children to Detroit’s River Days and Monday’s Fireworks show?
This is a great weekend to be a Detroiter or to travel to Detroit. The Detroit River Days are a fun fill family weekend. From sail tall ships, jet ski demos, river boat tours, zip lines, free activities for the kids, and so much more. Don’t forget to come back Monday night for the Firework display.
When traveling to Detroit, the question of safety is always raised. This year the Police Chief James Craig has rallied Detroit’s vast volunteer system to help keep the peace.
The Detroit News reported quote a longtime neighborhood patrol leader Muhsin Muhammad and experience with volunteering. Mr. Muhammad has witnessed crimes and provided information for the police to help with investigations. He says,
“While people may not feel this is important, while the kids may not think the curfew is important, it is important to be there and report.”
For the past 20 years, the police have had success with coordinating volunteers for Angels’ Night, the night before Halloween. In 1984 on what was then referred to Devil’s Night when Detroit logged over 800 fires. Ever since then the city, and its residents turned volunteer have fought back.
In 2014 there were 96 fire reported over the three day span before Halloween. The reduction is attributed to the volunteer effort.
Detroit River Days
According to the Detroit News, James Craig told a group of 50 volunteers,
“We can only get it done because of you,…We know as a tool it’s a very effective tool.”
In that same article, there is a list of many of the organizations who will be helping with the patrolling this year.
- Detroit 300
- Live in Peace
- Marcus Garvey Movement
- Citizens Police Academy Alumni and New Era
- Police Chaplain Corps
- Police Reserves
- Citizen Radio patrol
- DTE Strategic Staffing Solutions
- Downtown Detroit Partnership
Originally, Detroit Police Chief James Craig proposed a four-days curfew for anyone under the age of 18. This curfew would have affected all those visiting Detroit and would be in place from 8pm – 6pm. Anyone under the age of 19 would be required to be accompanied by an adult.
However, this proposal was struck down. Instead, there will only be curfew on Monday, the night of the fireworks. All minors must be accompanied by an adult from 8pm – 6pm. Anyone breaking curfew will be taken to Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School.
The areas that the curfew has been set in place are the Detroit River to the south, Interstate 75 to the north, Chene to the east, and the Lodge Freeway to the west.
Even with the proposal struck down, The Detroit News wrote how Detroit’s Police Chief still expressed that River Days and the fireworks will be safe.
Events During River Days
This is a celebration of Detroit’s beautiful RiverWalk. According to the Detroit River Front website, here are some of the activities happening this weekend,
- Tall Ships
- Jet-Ski Demos
- Riverboat Tours
- Live Music
- Sand Sculptures
- Kids Activities
- Delicious Food
The Kids Zone will Feature
- Live Theatre
- Face Painting and Arts and Crafts
- Outdoor Activities from the Michigan DNR
- At Least 25 Rides and Games Along Our Midway
- A Taste of Detroit Food Court
- Buskers/Traveling Entertainers
- A Friday Night Bike Night
- Popular Tours on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter
- The One-Of-A-Kind Tall Ship
- Appledore IV
- Rides on the Diamond Jack River Boat Tours and
- Live Jet Ski Demonstrations.
According to the Detroit River Front website, no one under the age of 18 will be admitted into the GM River Day, where many of these events are hosted at, without a responsible adult over the age of 30.
According to Michigan Fireworks, the fireworks will start at 10:06pm at the Hart Plaza – Detroit River 1 Hart Plaza. Remember, these fireworks draw a crowd, so come early. h
Will you be one of the thousands coming down to Detroit this weekend?