Despite the threat of inclement weather, the fireworks went off as planned in 2018. This year’s show is scheduled for June 28.

Despite the threat of inclement weather, the fireworks went off as planned in 2018. This year’s show is scheduled for June 28.

File photo by Donna Agusti


Fireworks coming to St. Clair Shores June 28

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published June 21, 2019

 Hannah Fish, 4, of St. Clair Shores, plays with a light gun during last year’s festivities.

Hannah Fish, 4, of St. Clair Shores, plays with a light gun during last year’s festivities.

File photo by Donna Agusti

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Organizers are hoping for good weather for the St. Clair Shores First State Bank Fireworks Extravaganza June 28 at Veterans Memorial Park.

The 2019 St. Clair Shores Fireworks will be shot off from a barge just off the shore of Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave., at dusk June 28. The rain date is the following day, June 29.

The 2018 fireworks were held despite poor weather.

“We’re hoping for sunshine this year,” Mayor Kip Walby said.

The park will close to visitors Thursday, June 27, to prepare for the event and will reopen at 2 p.m. June 28. Admission wristbands currently are available at the St. Clair Shores Parks and Recreation Department, 20000 Stephens Road, and cost $2 for residents and $3 for nonresidents. The day of the fireworks, admission will cost $3 each for every visitor, resident or nonresident.

There will be no refunds for admission or wristbands if the event is rescheduled or canceled due to weather.

Parking passes are available in advance for $5 per car at the Parks and Recreation Office until noon June 28 or until 500 passes have been sold.

Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman said that about 10,000 people can fit in the park.

During the event, music will be provided by Elite Entertainment, the splash pad will be open until dusk and there will be food vendors in the park from National Coney Island, Mastro’s Ice Cream, Chicken Shack and more.

First State Bank will host face painting from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., there will be inflatable bouncers for children to play in from 2 to 8 p.m., a petting zoo will be open, and glow necklaces will be available for purchase.

Unfortunately, because of the wet weather the area has been experiencing, there are parts of the park that may not be usable for visitors, Walby said. Two new pavillions have been constructed along the southern edge of the park, but the grass around them has not had time to be rehabilitated, so those areas may be off-limits to those attending the fireworks.

Walby asked that visitors try to take up only the amount of space they actually need and not reserve a larger section of the park than is necessary for their group.

“Unfortunately, the weather caused us a number of issues,” he said June 17.

City Manager Mike Smith said that much of the beach at the park is also unusable.

“A lot of that beach is in the water now,” he said.

Bowman said that city employees are working hard to make sure as much of the park as possible is available for use.

“Every day that we get a little drier conditions, it seems like we’re making progress,” he said. “Our crews, our maintenance crews, this city has been all hands on board to make this park available for everything that we’re doing.

“It’s just amazing what a great job our city employees are doing, getting this park ready for our residents.”

The same company that set off fireworks in 2018, American Fireworks Co., is back this year, and Walby said that he hopes more people will be able to enjoy them this year.

“They had an absolutely beautiful show last year, in very trying weather conditions, and this year ... we’re going to have a beautiful night and fireworks are going to be perfect,” agreed Bowman. “The best place to watch them is from Veterans (Memorial) Park.”

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