City of Saginaw MI -
Fireworks Information and Street Closings
Fireworks Information and Street Closings
For Immediate Release
Paula J. Diem (989) 759-1684
This year’s fireworks display, sponsored by Saginaw Area Fireworks, Inc., will begin at 10:15 pm on Thursday, July 4th, 2013 from Ojibway Island. The 45-minute exhibition will be electronically fired, choreographed to music and a simulcast will be aired on WSGW (FM 100.5). The fireworks will also be displayed on WNEM TV-5, Charter Channel 7. The program will begin with six single-shell salutes.
The Thomson/Meggitt Parking Lot, located on N. Niagara between Throop and Holland, will again be closed to all vehicles to allow for excellent viewing of the Fireworks display to pedestrians. Food vendors will be set up as early as 4:00 pm selling items such as soda, popcorn, hot dogs, pickles and elephant ears.
The Riverwalk which extends across the north end of Ojibway Island, including the pedestrian bridge across the north channel, is closed to pedestrian and bicycle traffic. No pedestrian traffic will be permitted on the north end of the park where fireworks crews will be working. The Riverwalk will re-open Friday, July 5th.
Court St. Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic at 6:00 pm on Thursday, July 4th and will re-open following the firework's display.
Ojibway Island will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning Thursday, July 4th at 7:00 am in preparation for the fireworks, and it will re-open on Friday, July 5th at 6:00 am.
Holland Ave. Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic at 6:00 am on Thursday, July 4th and will re-open Friday, July 5th at 6:00 am. Ezra Rust Dr. at Washington Ave., and Fordney St. at Rust Ave. (M-46) will be closed to vehicular traffic on Thursday, July 4th at 7:00 pm and will re-open after the event.
Niagara St., between Court St. and Madison St., will be closed to vehicular traffic on Thursday, July 4th at 6:00 am and will re-open after the event.
The Saginaw River will be closed to boating traffic between Holland St. and the turning basin at Ojibway Island on Thursday, July 4th from 8:00 pm until midnight.
Approved Parking is available for fireworks spectators on Thursday, July 4th throughout the central park system. LOCATIONS INCLUDE: Garber Tennis Courts Parking Area, Andersen Celebration Park and Hoyt Park. Saginaw Police Officers and members of the Saginaw Police Reserves will be on hand to direct traffic and assist with parking directions. Vehicles are NOT allowed on Ojibway Island on Thursday, July 4th without a valid parking pass.
Rain: In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks display will be rescheduled for Friday, July 5th at 10:15 pm. Prohibited: Police and Parks Division personnel emphasize NO FIREWORKS (including sparklers) NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES and NO DOGS allowed on Ojibway Island, at the Thomson/Meggitt parking lot, or in any other public facilities. *The Fire Dept. will be on-duty and patrolling during the entire evening, and will confiscate all fireworks.
Celebration Square: Attractions in the city's central parks area, including the Children's Zoo, will be open during the day on Thursday, July 4th.
City offices will be closed Thursday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.
Contributions: Volunteers wearing the Saginaw Area Fireworks t-shirts and badges will be walking through the crowds requesting donations on July 4th. Donations may also be sent to Saginaw Area Fireworks, P.O. Box 1923, Saginaw, MI 48605. All Vendors must have and display the necessary permit to operate and sell goods during the event. Failure to do so will result in their removal and/or incurred penalties and fines. For proper guidelines please refer to the City of Saginaw Code of Ordinances, Chapter 110 - General Provisions. Vending at the Thomson/Meggit parking lot, behind 628 N. Hamilton, and on Ojibway Island is restricted to Saginaw Area Fireworks participants only.
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