Downtown Windsor Ready For Fireworks Night

Downtown Windsor is gearing up for one of the biggest nights of the year in the city core.

Thousands of people will fill the downtown tonight and gather along Windsor's riverfront for the annual Ford Fireworks.

The yearly tradition draws people from all over Windsor-Essex, with some camping out early in the day for a prime spot along the Detroit River.

Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association chair Larry Horwitz says it's the biggest day of the year for nearly every downtown business.

"Fireworks for a number of businesses, they're sold out early, especially a lot of the food services, a lot of the bars, a lot of the businesses that sell souvenirs," says Horwitz. "I think it's a phenomenal night, I wish fireworks night was every day."

The weather will play a big factor in attendance.

"If the weather is just right, we'll get tens of thousands of people downtown," says Horwitz. "It's a huge economic generator, the streets are closed off, people come down early and picnic downtown. It gives us a chance to showcase all the new businesses that are popping up throughout the core."

Horwitz says the BIA hopes the momentum from fireworks night carries over to other events this summer.

"We hope to keep expanding on it, we have that, then we're going to have the Ouellette Dream Cruise coming up," says Horwitz. "That will give people another chance to explore and become part of our downtown. If you have a healthy, interesting, great downtown, you're going to have a great city."

Once again this year, free shuttle service is being offered from Devonshire Mall, compliments of Zehrs.

Buses run from 6pm to 9:30pm. Return trips start as soon as the fireworks are over.