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Fireworks tradition continues

June 27, 2013
GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Get your oooohs and aaahhhs ready for the annual fireworks display this Sunday night over the Parcells Middle School field at Mack and Vernier.

The annual rite of summer starts about 10:15 p.m., but early arrivals will be treated to the music of Motor City Mix beginning at 7 p.m. Wally’s Frozen Custard and Good Times Pizza will be serving up summer treats.

Some changes this year will help ensure a fun night for all. The major change spectators will see is a section of the Parcells field will be cordoned off and designated a “family only” area.

“Families will be able to enjoy the show without worrying about older kids tossing Frisbees or running through the area,” said Andrew Pazuchowski, Woods director of public safety. “Seniors are invited to the area as well. By having a separate area, it will make for a better experience for everyone.”

Also new this year will be the use of high powered lights to illuminate the field at the end of the fireworks, making exiting the field much safer.

“Following the show, we had thousands of people leaving the field in the dark, which was not that safe or secure,” Pazuchowski explained. “We’ll have the lights on this year, which should make a huge difference.”

Security will be provided by officers from all of the Pointes and Harper Woods, as well as the use of uniformed reserve officers. Parent volunteers from local schools also will be assisting.

Pazuchowski reminds spectators while they are welcome to bring drinks and snacks, no alcohol is allowed and emphasizes his officers will be checking. He also reminds people to leave their dogs at home.

“We’re looking forward to a fun, family-friendly night,” he said.

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