Stony Creek fireworks to blast off patriotic season

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published June 22, 2015

 The annual Stony Creek Metropark fireworks illuminate the sky during last year’s display. This year’s fireworks will take place at approximately 10:05 p.m. June 26.

The annual Stony Creek Metropark fireworks illuminate the sky during last year’s display. This year’s fireworks will take place at approximately 10:05 p.m. June 26.

File photo by Sarah Wojcik

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Stony Creek Metropark’s annual fireworks display over its 500-acre lake is set to take place at approximately 10:05 p.m. June 26. Organizers are requesting that the public show up a couple hours early, since the event consistently draws thousands of spectators.

The fireworks blast off from the shore near Baypoint Beach, but Huron-Clinton Metroparks Eastern District Superintendent Mike Lyons said patrons would get a good view from anywhere along the lake.

Lyons recommended arriving early to snag a good spot at the park’s two beaches — Baypoint and Eastwood. He also recommended bringing a picnic basket or games to pass the time before and after the fireworks. Taking that time after the fireworks can eliminate the stress of getting stuck in a line of cars all attempting to exit the park.

“We don’t offer any extra entertainment, but (the event) doesn’t need it,” Lyons said. “We get enough people with just the fireworks.”

He said the fireworks last approximately 25 minutes and that Stony Creek Metropark has been happy with the services provided by Wolverine Fireworks, which Stony Creek has hired for the last several years.

Ever since moving the fireworks display from Saturday or Sunday to Friday, Lyons said the number of problems decreased, including issues with traffic and crowd behavior.

“We still get good crowds, but it helps with the capability of the park to not have it on a weekend. The metropark police do a great job trying to get people out as quick as they can,” he said. “People have always been very happy. We always get compliments on the show.”

The fireworks are the largest-scale event that Stony Creek Metropark offers, Stony Creek Park Operations Supervisor Steve Sebert said said.

“We chose that Friday two weeks before the actual holiday because, for us, it’s all about spreading them out and not overlapping with other cities,” Sebert said. “It does kick off the season and makes it more of a two-week time of the year.”

Admission to the fireworks is free with an annual permit. There is a special $10 daily vehicle fee for vehicles that enter the park after 5 p.m.; entrance before 5 p.m. is $7.

For more information, call (586) 781-4242. Stony Creek Metropark is located at 4300 Main Park Road.