Published July 1, 2013
Clinton hosting free fireworks, festival
By Nico Rubello email@example.com
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township will be kicking off its official festival and fireworks display with a bang on July 10 at the township’s Civic Center grounds.
Located as usual on the township grounds at Romeo Plank and Canal roads, the festivities will begin at 5:45 p.m. and culminate at dusk with the 15-minute fireworks show.
“It’s a family event for young and old alike. You can come early for the food, stay for the concert and top off the evening with fireworks,” said Clinton Township Administrative Aide Mary Ann Hosey.
Thanks to organizers and corporate sponsors, the event, now in its sixth year, will bring new features, like a rock wall, a photo booth and a new carnival ride, and old favorites, like bounce houses, slides, carnival rides and a concert by Detroit-area cover band Fifty Amp Fuse — all at no cost to the residents. Rosco the Clown and “The Captain” Jack Sparrow also will be on the scene.
In fact, the only time attendees will have to open their wallets and purses is if they want to purchase concessions or glowsticks from vendors, said Clinton Township Trustee Dean Reynolds.
“Every year, we try to make it bigger and better. This year, we’re continuing to do that,” said Reynolds, chair of the townships’ Parks and Recreation Committee.
Food vendors will be on hand selling carnival-style hamburgers, hot dogs, elephant ears, corn dogs, cotton candy, shaved ice from Kona Ice, lemonade and, new this year, freshly-made kettle corn. Food will be served until 10 p.m.
At 6 p.m., Clinton Township’s Historical Commission will open the historic village’s Moravian Hall and log cabin for demonstrations and tours.
Fifty Amp Fuse will take the stage at 8:45 p.m.
Personnel from Clinton Township police and fire and Medstar ambulances will be on duty. An information and lost-child center will be located next to the concession stand.
Free parking is available at the Clinton Township Civic Center, St. Paul of Tarsus Catholic Church and the neighboring Clinton Macomb Public Library after 8 p.m. Handicapped parking is available next to the concession stand.
Shuttle buses will be transporting visitors from parking zones at Erie Elementary School and the soccer fields just south of the Civic Center. There is no cost to ride the bus.
Resurrection Cemetery also will be welcoming spectators to watch the fireworks from a vacant section within the property along Romeo Plank Road. The cemetery will have a tent with water and juice boxes, prize drawings, and glowsticks, according to statement.
The cemetery will keep its gates open until after the fireworks have ended. Cars can enter Resurrection Cemetery at either the Romeo Plank Road or Canal Road entrances. Cemetery attendants will be directing parking.
Visitors are invited to bring their own blankets, chairs and food. Glass containers, personal fireworks and alcohol won’t be permitted at either location.
The festival and fireworks instead are paid for entirely out of donations from local businesses, so no taxpayer dollars are used. The same is true for the Gratiot cruise in August and the Festival of the Senses in September.
“There’s nothing like it in Macomb County,” Reynolds said. “In hard economic times, we need a free event to go to. Now, the economy’s getting a little better, and we’re just increasing in size.”
In the future, the event may expand into a multi-day festival, Reynolds said. But he hoped to keep it free to the residents.
“If it wasn’t for (the sponsors’) generosity,” Hosey added, “we wouldn’t be able to have this event.”
This year, business sponsors include major sponsor First State Bank, as well as the Clinton Township Firefighters Association; Baker College of Clinton Township; Rizzo Environmental Services; the law offices of York, Dolan & Tomlinson; and others.