FLINT (WJRT) -
(07/02/14) - Dozens of firework celebrations will explode across Mid-Michigan throughout the week and weekend - and that includes a rather big one happening in the city of Flint.
Downtown Flint is preparing for an extended weekend of holiday happenings, complete with a carnival and a Thursday night fireworks extravaganza.
"This is going to be great. It's the biggest show we've ever done. It's going to be almost twice the shells down here, intense, three different firing stations choreographed in the sky. It's going to be awesome," said Gerard Burnash, Flint DDA director.
The fireworks will once again blast out of the old Chevy in the Hole - most likely at around 10 p.m.
"Kettering is having a viewing party at Atwood Stadium. You can't get much better than that, right across the river there. Anywhere around Chevy in the Hole, downtown. We have the high burst fireworks again this year. They'll be able to be seen from a mile to two miles away," Burnash said.
Area businesses and sponsors are providing the money to make it happen. Wolverine Fireworks offered a better rate and more explosive presentation in exchange for holding it on the third this year, instead of the fourth.
"We had several proposals on different days and amounts, and this was the most bang for the buck. It gives everyone the chance to come down town, if they're going out of town for the weekend. Our restaurants and bars will be open. The Farmers Market is going to be open, the carnival will be going on. It's just going to be a very active night," Burnash said.
As far as the carnival is concerned, it's scheduled to run Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the flat lot. It's actually the first carnival in downtown Flint in nearly a decade.
"The proceeds will be going toward a scholarship fund for Flint Northwestern, and also we're going to be able to donate school supplies within the district," said Troy Woody, of MTV management.
Organizers hope this carnival will help build a new tradition - one that will keep people in Flint over holiday weekend, instead of traveling elsewhere.
"Just something positive that people can look forward to every year, and there's more to come," said Van Pollard, of MTV management.
For more information on Thursday's Flint Fireworks celebration, along with the carnival, click HERE.