Shelby Township to host Independence Day fireworks

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published July 1, 2021

 The Shelby Township DDA Independence Day Fireworks,  seen here in 2019, will take place at Ford Field Central Park,  7460 23 Mile Road, at 10 p.m. July 1.

The Shelby Township DDA Independence Day Fireworks, seen here in 2019, will take place at Ford Field Central Park, 7460 23 Mile Road, at 10 p.m. July 1.

File photo by Erin Sanchez

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After a one-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shelby Township Downtown Development Authority Independence Day Fireworks are back July 1 at Ford Field Central Park at 7460 23 Mile Road.

The fireworks can be viewed throughout the township’s Van Dyke Avenue commercial corridor with the epicenter at 23 Mile Road and Van Dyke.

Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis said the fireworks show isn’t one that people would want to miss.

“Anyone that saw the show Signs365 put together with Wolverine Fireworks in 2019 will know not to miss this year’s event, as they told me it would be even bigger and better. I want to thank our sponsors, the DDA and Deputy Supervisor Chelsea Oland for getting this show put together,” Stathakis said in a press release.

He said that typically it takes 10 months to a year to plan the fireworks festivities, but the township’s team was able to do it in about two months.

Shelby Township Trustee Lucia Di Cicco said via an email interview that the fireworks show will take on a special meaning this year.

“The outstanding efforts of our community volunteers, who make up the DDA, are the reason this year’s fireworks are possible, coupled with coordination with our Township Board, Shelby Township police and fire, and our vendors. I think we all agree, this year’s fireworks display takes on special meaning in celebrating our freedom and independence,” said Di Cicco.

Along with the fireworks, Shelby Township is hosting the annual food truck rally at 4 p.m. at the New Rink at 50625 Van Dyke Ave. Patrons can also access the food truck rally from Ford Field Central Park.

Oland said there will be a tons of food trucks to choose from.

“Everyone is excited to have our show back, and this includes our food truck vendors. We have 17 trucks confirmed, and we are taking new trucks online almost every day leading up to the event,” she said in a press release.

There will be no public access or events at the Packard Proving Grounds, and the facility will be closed for a private function July 1.

Parking will be available at the Shelby Township Community Center at 51680 Van Dyke Ave., and at the municipal grounds at 52700 Van Dyke Ave. after 5 p.m.

“We were sad that Packard could not join the party this year, but it gives us a chance to show off some of the beautiful parks along Van Dyke Avenue between Mae Stecker Park, the township grounds and Senior Citizen Park behind the community center. We have a lot of green space that should have quality views of the fireworks show,” Oland said.

To accommodate traffic and ensure safety before, during and after the show, the Shelby Township Police and Fire departments will be on-site with a command center at Ford Field Central Park.

Starting at 10 p.m., the Shelby Township Police Department will close several intersections during the show. The affected intersections will be 23 Mile and Shelby roads, 23 Mile and Mound roads, 24 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue, 23 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue, and 22 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue.

Those leaving the fireworks show at Ford Field Central Park must leave traveling west on 23 Mile Road. Those leaving the private lot on the northwest corner of 23 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue and those parked at the Shelby Township Community Center must exit north on Van Dyke Avenue. Cars parked in the private lot on the southeast corner of 23 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue will be directed east on 23 Mile Road. Cars parked on the township’s municipal grounds must exit on 24 Mile Road and travel east or west.

For more information, visit shelbytwp.org/summer.