Children watch the 2019 St. Clair Shores Fireworks Extravaganza. This year’s event is set for June 25.

Children watch the 2019 St. Clair Shores Fireworks Extravaganza. This year’s event is set for June 25.

File photo by Donna Agusti

St. Clair Shores fireworks moved to July 9

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published June 10, 2021 | Updated June 23, 2021 12:56pm


UPDATE: As of June 23, St. Clair Shores has rescheduled its fireworks display to July 9 due to predicted high winds and heavy rainfall. 

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Residents will have more reasons to celebrate this summer, and now they’ll have a way to celebrate, as well, when the St. Clair Shores First State Bank Fireworks Extravaganza lights up the night June 25.

“These are long-standing traditions that have gone (on) in the city. Our fireworks and concerts ... they’re milestones for people in the course of the city’s year,” said Karl Schwarzwalder, vice chair of the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee. “We know how much people enjoy them and how disappointing it was for people to not be able to go last year.”

The show will be open for St. Clair Shores residents and their guests, said Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman. Residents can purchase wristbands for themselves and guests for $3 each from the Parks and Recreation Department at Civic Arena, 20000 Stephens Street. There is no limit on the number of tickets that can be purchased, but there is a limit on the number of $5 parking spaces for the lot across Jefferson Avenue from the park that are being sold, also at Parks and Recreation.

Bowman said May 24 that, as of that date, no wristbands would be sold on the day of the event.

“When we decided to sell tickets, we knew that the numbers were going to change,” Bowman said, referring to outdoor capacity limitations in the state. “It looks like it’s going to be whatever we’re going to sell. I don’t believe we’re going to have any limit on outdoor activities.”

Those with wristbands purchased in advance will be able to get into Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave., beginning at 2 p.m. June 25 to set up their spot to watch the show. Throughout the afternoon and evening, there will be music from Elite Entertainment, food trucks, vendors selling glow items, and more. Visitors can take advantage of the splash pad and playground, and they are welcome to bring coolers, chairs and food — but no alcohol or pets.

Bowman said American Fireworks Company, which was awarded a five-year bid for the show in 2018 at a cost of $30,000 for each year, didn’t charge the city as much as it was allowed to per the contract for the canceled 2020 show. The same company is putting on the 2021 show, as well as the 2022 show, after which time the fireworks vendor may go back out to bid.

In addition to First State Bank, the title sponsor, Bowman said many other St. Clair Shores businesses have stepped up and donated to the event.

“We have a lot of other people who are involved,” he said. “The residents of St. Clair Shores love their events. They love their activities, and the businesses just love taking care of our residents.”

Schwarzwalder said the members of the Activities Committee and the other organizers of city events are happy to see them return as much as residents are.

“We enjoy seeing the happiness on, not only kids’ faces, but adults’ faces. It creates memories,” he said. “Things are easing up quite a bit, so we’re expecting it to be as close to normal as we can have it.”

He said those wanting to attend should get their wristbands as soon as possible. A rain date is scheduled for the following day in the case of inclement weather.

“Just got to pray for good weather,” Schwarzwalder said. “The park’s looking great. It’s in really good shape. It’s ready for people to come and use it.”

RELATED: For more local fireworks shows, check out our Fireworks Festivities page, sponsored by Joe Pizik Electric, Inc.