The Target Fireworks to Light Up the Detroit Skyline

Wednesday, June 24 at 10:06 P.M.

DETROIT, June 17, 2009  – This summer Detroiters and visitors can take part in one of Detroit’s favorite traditions – the 51st Annual Target Fireworks. The Target Fireworks, choreographed by Zambelli Fireworks Internationale, will showcase more than 10,000 pyrotechnic effects that can be viewed for miles along the Detroit International Riverfront. The Target Fireworks will start at 10:06 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2009.

“We are indebted to Target for making such a cherished Detroit event possible,” said Tony Michaels, President and CEO, The Parade Company. “It is a tradition that brings families and communities together. We are home to one of the most incredible fireworks displays in the nation and this celebration is made possible with the support and generosity of our sponsors and community partners.”

The Official VIP Rooftop Party

The Parade Company’s Official VIP Rooftop Party, which offers the best seats in the city to view the fireworks, takes place on Wednesday, June 24 from 6 – 11 p.m. atop the Miller Parking Garage. Benefit tickets are $175 and Children tickets (six and under) are $75. Enjoy entertainment, food, games and activities for children and fun for all including:

  • A meet and greet by Iron Chef Michael Symon, chef and partner of ROAST, one of Detroit’s most notable restaurants
  • City Living – an area of the Rooftop Party dedicated to all wonderful things that take place in downtown Detroit, including a visit by Detroit Lions mascot, Roary
  • The Starry Night Lounge featuring the crowd favorite Dueling Piano bar
  • The Great Outdoors – everything we love about summer in Michigan, from campfires and s’mores to backyard games and make-and-take crafts
  • Music and dancing to the hits of yesterday and today!
  • T-shirt coloring compliments of Zambelli Fireworks Internationale

The Official VIP Rooftop Party is a major fundraiser for the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation, which governs The Parade Company, and helps make community events like the Target Fireworks and America’s Thanksgiving Parade® possible. To purchase tickets, call The Parade Company at 313.432.7831.

The Official VIP Rooftop Party is sponsored by Target and co-sponsored by Charter One Bank and the Michigan Lottery. Official media partners include WDIV-TV, News/Talk 760 WJR and HOUR Detroit Magazine.

The Target Fireworks can be viewed on WDIV-Local 4’s live broadcast beginning at 9 p.m. and News/Talk 760 WJR will do a special radio simulcast throughout the event and provide up to the minute traffic and weather information throughout the day. For more information on The Parade Company events, visit

About Target – US

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,699 stores in 48 states nationwide and at Target is committed to providing a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to unique and highly differentiated products at affordable prices. Since 1946, the corporation has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs like Take Charge of Education. Today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week.

About The Parade Company

Founded in 1984, The Parade Company is a not-for-profit organization governed by the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation whose board of directors is comprised of key civic and corporate leaders in the greater Detroit region. The Parade Company is celebrating 83 years of Parade tradition in Detroit. The mission is to fund, create and execute the best family events in metro Detroit. The Parade Company staff, the board of directors and thousands of parade volunteers work year-round to bring a wide variety of magnificent events to the City of Detroit each year including the Target Fireworks, River Days and America’s Thanksgiving Parade®.

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