CLOSE – The solstice occurs at 7:28 a.m. and happens to be the same day as the annual fireworks display over the Detroit River.

“What better way to kick off the summer with one of the largest fireworks displays in the country?” said Steve Abood, a spokesman for the Parade Co.

Straddling the Detroit-Windsor border, the powerful pyrotechnic display is in its 52nd year and is set to draw a vast crowd for the 10:05 p.m. show. There will be 10,000 explosions set from three barges on the river. Here is a clip of last years Finale:

But be sure to get there early to get a good spot. Traffic is expected to be heavy, and prime viewing areas fill up quickly. Arriving early also gives you a chance to explore downtown Detroit and its attractions.

Some major thoroughfares in the downtown area that will be closed to traffic include Woodward between the Fisher Freeway and Congress and Jefferson Avenue between Griswold and I-375.

Weather forecasters predict a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight.

Expect some new fireworks thrills this year, organizers say. The creative directors are the same ones who choreographed the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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