Your Guide to the Festival of the Hills
The big fireworks show is Wednesday night at Borden Park in Rochester Hills. Here's what you need to know right now.
The forecast calls for sun and clouds, but no rain. Here's what you need to know right now about the city's biggest event of the year:
- The festival officially begins at 6 p.m., but guests will start arriving early Wednesday 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.
- 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 5 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 our coverage of last year's Festival of the Hills.