After a week of record setting heat throughout the middle of the country, Saturday the 7th turned out to be perfect for Bay City's Grand Finale to the 2012 Fireworks Festival. The temperature came down, along with the humidity. The skies were clear, and a light breeze pushed the smoke away from the fireworks.
This was the 50th year for the 3 day show and the sponsors and committee pulled out all the stops. They shot off 50,000 shells in 50 minutes!
Unlike all previous years, the organizers used the Veteran's Memorial Bridge in the center of town to open the show with a fountain of fire. That meant the bridge was closed, which made traffic more "entertaining" on the other bridges.
The crowds began arriving in mid-afternoon as always. By 5:00 the roads were packed as people flocked to the middle of town. All of the parks, bridges, lawns and buildings were packed with people.
The show certainly lived up to expectations. It was non-stop from about 10:10 until the end at nearly 11:00. MyBayCity took hundreds of photos again this year. Unlike other years, though, we also took videos. Check the YouTube video below of the finale. It's worth the time!
Crowds of people filled the parks, the lawns, and condo balconies.
Boats lined both sides of the river leaving a path for navigation in the middle.
As 10:00 pm approached dozens of hot air balloons filled the sky