Huntington Woods to have Fourth of July parade, no fireworks

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published July 1, 2021

 Huntington Woods will not be holding its annual fireworks show this year at Rackham Golf Course July 4. The city made the decision months ago to comply with COVID-19 protocols at the time.

Huntington Woods will not be holding its annual fireworks show this year at Rackham Golf Course July 4. The city made the decision months ago to comply with COVID-19 protocols at the time.

File photo by Donna Agusti

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HUNTINGTON WOODS — The city of Huntington Woods will be forgoing its annual tradition of Fourth of July fireworks this year.

The city began its weeklong Fourth of July celebrations June 28 — the 50th year of doing so — and it will continue until the national holiday. Unlike every other year, Huntington Woods decided against holding a fireworks show at Rackham Golf Course.

According to the city, the decision was made months ago because of concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When we had to make plans for it, we were still under COVID protocols and the city just decided to make the decision not to hold the fireworks, just because it brings so many people together and we were trying to keep everyone safe,” Recreation Director Tracy Shanley said.

Though restrictions have since loosensed, there wasn’t enough time for Huntington Woods to pull together a fireworks show for the Fourth. The city also wasn’t able to have its Run/Walk BOOM 1-mile and 5K fundraiser to bring in money for the fireworks.

“We did not hold our Run/Walk BOOM either because of the COVID protocols, and that’s our main fundraiser for the fireworks,” Shanley said. “Without that, we didn’t have the finances either to do the fireworks.”

Mayor Bob Paul added that funding wasn’t the driving reason behind not having the fireworks, as it was more about a large crowd gathering.

“The commitment to have the fireworks we would’ve had to make three months ago, and at the time there was just too much up in the air about gathering, large crowds gathering, and so we made the decision not to hold the fireworks,” he said.

While there won’t be any fireworks this year, Huntington Woods still is planning a full week of events for residents.

“We knew we wanted to do some special things for our community,” Shanley said. “Luckily, we’re still able to have the parade and our concert in the park on the Fourth of July. We’re really excited about that.”

The city’s week started with events ranging from a concert to a candy sale; the Woodward Talk went to press June 28. The celebration continues June 30 with an awards ceremony starting at 6:15 p.m. in front of the Recreation Center, 26325 Scotia Road. On Thursday, July 1, a pet pageant will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Burton Field.

Three events will take place Friday, July 2: a Street Salad food truck will be parked from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Burton Park; a stroller parade will commence at 5:30 and continue to 6:15 p.m. at Burton Field; and a kids concert will start at 6:15 p.m. at Burton Park. On Saturday, July 3, a pancake breakfast will be served 9-10:30 a.m. at Burton Field, and games and races will begin at 1 p.m. at Burton Field.

The stroller parade required registration by June 29 to attend. Residents can register for the pancake breakfast by July 1 at recreation.hwmi.org.

For the Fourth of July, the parade will start at 10 a.m. The route will begin at York and Salem roads, continue along Nadine Avenue and end at Nadine and Berkley Avenue. The night will end with a Boogie Dynomite concert from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Scotia Park. There also will be a Huntington Woods Men’s Club raffle drawn at 7:45 p.m.

“We actually extended the parade route through further west into the city to try and make sure that the crowd’s spread out as much as possible,” Paul said.

Paul also said there won’t be a gathering at the end of the parade, where the city normally would hand out awards and have speeches.

“A lot of our normal Fourth of July weeklong activities are back on schedule, so it’s good to see,” he said. “It’s good to get the community involved and out and gathering.”

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