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Entertainment and fun await for all at Detroit River Days

Scenes from previous Detroit River Days
Scenes from previous Detroit River Days
courtesy Detroit River Days

A majestic Tall Ship, tour boats cruising down the river, humungous sand sculptures, jet skis roaring down the waterway, continuous live music and spectacular fireworks are just some of the sights and sounds that await visitors to the 8th annual Detroit River Days celebration being held on Friday, June 20, Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 along Detroit, Michigan's Riverfront and the 57th annual Target Fireworks show taking place on Monday, June 23. It is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Cleveland to Detroit.

Detroit Riverfront
courtesy Detroit River Days

Detroit River Days Presented by the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Detroit River Days is an unique celebration of the city's maritime, ecological, cultural and even culinary history and heritage, taking place along Detroit's RiverWalk.

One of the highlights of River Days is the chance to tour a Tall Ship, the 85 foot Appledore IV which will be docked at the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Dock. Visitors can also take a one hour tour aboard Diamond Jack's River Boats (docked at Rivard Place) where they can enjoy the sights on the Detroit River. Cost for the river boat rides is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Also this year, visitors will be able to take a free tour of the Coast Guard cutter Bristol Bay, a 140 foot boat docked at the GM Plaza & Pavilion.

Other activities include jet ski demonstrations and Freestyle championships (presented by Typhoon Tommy), carnival rides and lots of activities for the kids ( at the Meijer Kids Stage and Flagstar Bank Kids Zone).

You won't want to miss the 50-60 amazing sand sculptures created by Sarasota, Florida-based Team Sandtastic including one 150 ton sculpture.

Continuous musical entertainment will be provided by over 25 street performers and by over 60 musical acts performing on three stages. Among some of the featured entertainers are John Kay & Steppenwolf, Blackstreet, Alan Turner & The Steal Horse Band and the Corktown Popes.

Of course, there will be lots and lots of food and beverages available for purchase at the Pepsi Taste of Detroit Food Court.

The Detroit River Days celebration officially ends on Sunday but be sure to watch the big bang of the Ford Fireworks presented by Target being held on Monday, June 23 at 10 p.m. featuring a display of more than 10,000 pyrotechnics. The fireworks can viewed from anywhere along the RiverWalk and admission to the fireworks show is free.

Hours for the Detroit River Days are 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Sunday. Reminder: The Fireworks display takes place on Monday, June 23 at 10 p.m.

Admission to the River Days celebration (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) is $3 for adults ($5 after 5 p.m.). Admission for seniors (65+) and children 3 and under is free. Admission to the Fireworks show is free. Parking is available at several nearby garages and parking decks.

For those wishing to stay overnight, check out the Marriott Detroit Renaissance Center (the tallest building in Michigan). Call 313-568-8000 for pricing and availability.

For more information about the Detroit River Days call 313-566-8200 or get online at or

The Detroit River Days celebration will take place along downtown Detroit's Riverfront. It is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Cleveland.

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