Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Celebrating Freedom and Friendship

The Detroit-Windsor "International Freedom Festival" began in 1959 (themed "Partners in Freedom"), publicizing the longstanding friendship on both sides of the Detroit River between the American and Canadian people and celebrates Canada's July 1st Canada Day (originally called Dominion Day, the name was officially changed to Canada Day on October 27, 1982) and America's July 4th Independence Day.

On June 27, 2007, Zambelli Fireworks Internationale (the oldest fireworks company in the country) put on another great show for the 49th annual International Freedom Festival.

It takes 5 days to load the 3 barges with 100 miles of wire, 500 tons of sand, 250,000 lbs. of fiberglass mortars, and more than 10,000 fireworks shells for the annual fireworks display, which lasts about 30 minutes.

Here is the finale, taken from the Windsor side:

A happy and safe Fourth to all.

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