Directions and Venue Info

Drive, Park, Walk, Buy, Enter, Reserve & Enjoy! 

Drive: Drive to 49965 Van Dyke Ave, at approximately 22 1/2 mile. Turn west onto N Proving Grounds Blvd as directed. Parking lots and gates open at 5pm.  

Park:  If you purchased a Parking Pass on-line in advance, follow signs and directions to park your vehicle in Reserved Parking on the right. Please have your Parking Pass available (printed or displayed) to show to the parking attendant. Otherwise, park in Public Parking on the left; you will purchase a $5 Parking Pass at the gate.

Walk: Bring blankets and lawn chairs, but NOT coolers, fireworks, weapons, or outside food & drink. These will not be permitted inside the gates, nor will unaccompanied minors. Follow signs/directions and walk carefully through parking areas and to the entrance gate with your party. Tailgating and loitering in parking lots will not be permitted. If you parked off-site, enter the front (east) gate and purchase an Admission Pass for $5 per guest. 

Buy: If you did NOT purchase a Pass on-line in advance, please have cash (correct change please) or major credit card ready to purchase your Parking and Admission Pass at $5 for each vehicle and guest (age 3+). Retain your Pass for a possible rain date (July 10).

Enter: Have your displayed or printed Parking & Admission Pass ready to enter with your entire party. Passes will be emailed to you, and can be shown printed or displayed on your phone. If neither is available, have your ID ready for checking the guest list.

Reserve: Check out the concessions and exhibit shopping along the entrance way. Enjoy these now or proceed to the viewing area of your choice (see layout); the fireworks and drone shows will be seen over the northwest corner of the grounds. Use blankets and chairs to reserve seating space in any open spot. The grounds will fill completely; please do not reserve more space than needed or move others' property. 

Enjoy: Enjoy the shopping, concessions/dining, kids activities, and entertainment from 5pm to 10pm, and then return to your reserved spot for the Shelby Twp Independence Day Fireworks & Drone Show, starting at 10pm. 

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Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site

A site rich in Detroit’s automotive history. 

Established in 1927 by The Packard Motor Car Company, this unique site hosts multiple Albert Kahn designed buildings, located on 14 acres. It’s a lovely venue for weddings, car shows, plus corporate & social events. $5 of each parking pass go to the Packard Motor Car Foundation to help with the restoration and maintenance of the historic grounds, buildings and automobiles.


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