CLARKSTON, Mich. (WXYZ) — The coronavirus pandemic has canceled a lot of events around metro Detroit, including annual fireworks shows. But that’s not stopping one township from lighting them off for people to enjoy.
Fireworks and the Fourth of July go hand in hand. But many cities, including Clarkston, had to cancel their annual event. But that didn’t stop Independence Township from putting on a show for residents to enjoy.
The top of Pine Knob was the scene for fireworks after Clarkston canceled their annual festival due to COVID-19.
“Our township supervisor, as well as the board, thought it would be a great idea for the community to have fireworks. Give them a little bit of enjoyment on the Fourth holiday,” says Independence Township Fire Marshal Bruce Harbin.
So Independence Township said they will still have a show, but not from the ground. From the top of Pine Knob.
“It’s the highest points, one of the highest points in Oakland County, and that way the entire community can see it,” says Harbin.
People who live nearby are able to enjoy the show from the comfort of their own home, while others can enjoy the show from their car.
“With Fourth of July, what a great way to see what’s going on,” says Glen Kelley, “Just got to find a good place to see it and it should be a good show tonight.”
No parking was allowed at DTE Music Theater or the Pine Knob ski resort, this firework show was for people to enjoy from afar.
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