It's a tradition that's billed as the state's second-largest fireworks show. It's the at in Rochester Hills and it's tonight.
Here's what you need to know before you go:
- The festival officially begins at 6 p.m., but guests will start arriving early this morning to set up their spots. Don't worry — Borden Park is spacious and there's lots of room to set down your picnic blanket and chairs.
- Speaking of blankets and chairs, they are permitted in the park during the show. So are coolers and wagons and any kind of picnic food you think to bring. But here are the things that aren't allowed: pets, alcohol, sparklers or other fireworks, open fires or any grill except for one that is fueled by gas.
- There's lots to do besides watch the fireworks. There are bounce houses and other games for kids, plenty of food concessions and live music while you wait. There's also a playground, among other park amenities.
- The fireworks begin at 10:06 p.m. They are set to music and launched from a spot on the southeast corner of the park. There's really not a bad seat in the house. This year, Wolverine Fireworks is putting on the show, which is expected to feature a few surprises.
- Plan ahead for parking and traffic. Handicap parking is available at the Hamlin Road entrance to the park. Otherwise, plan to walk. Parking spots in the neighborhoods around Borden Park typically fill up shortly after 6 p.m. Carpool if you can.
Did we mention the festival is free? It's true. For a glimpse at what the festival is all about, see .