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Township’s fireworks festivities aim to be best yet

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published June 30, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — As the bombs burst in the air, people of all ages should enjoy the fireworks and festivities July 8 at the Clinton Township Civic Center.

This year is the eighth time the township has put on the show, with help from multiple sponsors, vendors and entertainers that make the evening a wide-reaching event.

From 6-9 p.m., children’s activities will take place and the concession stands will be open for all. At 6 p.m., the Clinton Township Historical Commission will also open Moravian Village and the log cabin to the public for demonstrations and walk-throughs.

From 8:45-10:15 p.m., 50 AMP Fuse will entertain the crowd with its musical prowess, just as it has in past years.

Once the musical entertainment ends, the fireworks are expected to commence. That will take place sometime between 10:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., depending on the weather.

In addition to annual favorites like the moon bounce, there will be approximately 20 rides and activities for the younger crowd, including face painting and a 30-foot Ferris wheel.

There are some new additions, too, such as a simulator ride that mirrors an Apollo spacecraft and is seen at various theme parks around the country. The Detroit Institute of Arts is also bringing its mobile interactive museum to the event.

“It’s a mobile interactive museum that is normally done by request several months out,” Township Trustee Dean Reynolds said. “It’s 1,000 square feet and they bring it on a truck trailer. They contacted me and I jumped on it because I think it would be a wonderful addition.”

Big Boy is still the main food sponsor and will have traditional favorites on hand, such as milkshakes, onion rings and chicken tenders. There will be carnival favorites as in past years, too, such as elephant ears, cotton candy, kettle corn, lemonade, fried Oreos and pizza.

Reynolds said that vendors are told not to raise prices at the event in an attempt to make more profit.

Members of the Clinton Township Police and Fire departments, as well as MedStar Ambulance, will be on hand for any emergencies. An information and lost child stand will be located near the concession stand.

“The thing that makes us unique is that we are the only community left that doesn’t charge for this,” Reynolds said. “We don’t charge for parking or coming in. The shuttle buses that come in from different lots, we don’t charge for that.

“Families need to have good community events to come to. It makes it affordable and open to everybody.”

The event is intended to be family friendly, therefore no alcohol, glass containers or personal fireworks are permitted.

Parking will be available at the Civic Center, the adjacent Clinton-Macomb Public Library after 8 p.m., and St. Paul of Tarsus Church. A shuttle bus will also bring visitors to the event from Erie Elementary School’s parking lot and the township’s soccer fields just south of the Civic Center building. The shuttle bus will pick up passengers from all non-Civic Center parking areas starting at 5 p.m.

Handicapped parking is available adjacent to the concession stand. Visitors are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs, and they are allowed to place blankets on the hill at the Civic Center.

“At the end of the day, when you see all the kids’ happy faces, it’s worth every minute of it,” Reynolds said. “Plus, we have to celebrate our Independence Day because other countries don’t get to.”

Last year’s event saw a crowd of about 10,000 people — the largest-ever attendance for the annual celebration.

When the event was first introduced in 2007, the inaugural crowd was about 1,500 people. Not many residents attended the fireworks show or the festivities, and entertainers and vendors were hesitant to jump aboard.

Now, with more than $30,000 in total donations from various sponsors that include Rizzo Services, MedStar, Baker College, McLaren Macomb, Henry Ford Macomb and the Clinton Township Fire Department, the fireworks finale will be a little longer and more intense.

First State Bank is the official sponsor of the event, donating about $10,000 toward the festivities. Also, the bank has already attained naming rights for the 2016 edition of the event for a similar donation in advance.