GRAND RAPIDS, MI — There’s plenty to do in Grand Rapids and the surrounding area to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Independence Day falls on a Monday this year, but celebrations begin on Friday 1 July in some areas.
In addition to fireworks, many other activities and events take place in Kent, Ottawa and Allegan counties between July 1st and 4th, including parades, 5K walks/runs, musical performances, kid-friendly activities like carnivals and other celebrations.
Scroll down to see some nearby events.
- Grand Rapids’ annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show will be held downtown on Saturday, July 2 at Ah-Nah-Arwen Park. The free event that drew tens of thousands of people to the park at 220 Front Ave. draws, starts at 6 p.m. with live entertainment, food vendors and exhibits. The fireworks start at 10:30 p.m
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- Ottawa Hills neighborhood in Grand Rapids 88th Annual Hollyhock Lane Parade. The oldest continuous Fourth of July parade in Michigan takes place on Monday July 4th. The parade starts at 8:30 am. Organizers say attendees should line up at 8:00 a.m. on the corner of Calvin Street and Alexander Street SE. The event began in 1934 as a way to commemorate America’s freedom and independence for children in the neighborhood.
- Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is hosting an event titled “Red, White, Blue & You: A Salute to Independence Day” on Saturday from 10am to 12pm. Kids can build an eco-friendly noisemaker with a patriotic theme and listen to classic 4th of July storybooks like How to Bake an American Pie” according to website. All-American Flag Hunt and a Hula Hoop Hoopla on the lawn will also be open to the public. Admission is $18 for 14-64 year olds.
- The Grand Rapids JW Marriott, 235 Louis St. NW, offers people the opportunity to celebrate Independence Day in luxury with the Red, White & Exclusive package. The $8,500 package includes four riverfront guest rooms, a personalized one-of-a-kind meal and private front-row seating in the Executive Lounge to watch the Grand Rapids fireworks display over the Grand River. Catch fireworks on the deck at Margaux Restaurant on Saturdays for $75 per person. The ticketed event includes a table for eight to view the Grand Rapids exhibit with an elevated picnic buffet.
The Kentwood Fourth of July Celebration on Monday, July 4th is scheduled from 7am to 10pm and will include several events including a parade and fireworks. Things start at 7 a.m. at the Kentwood Fire Station, 4775 Walma Ave. SE, with a pancake breakfast followed by a 5k race at 8:30am from the station.
Monday’s Kentwood Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at Crestwood Middle School, 2674 44th St., and heads south on Walma Avenue to Breton Road, turns west on 52nd St., and ends at Challenger Elementary . After the parade, rides and other children’s activities are scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Kentwood City Hall, 4900 Breton Rd. SE. The evening celebration will be held at Kentwood City Hall from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and will include fireworks at dusk. There will be community stands, a beer tent and food trucks as well as live music.
East Grand Rapids
The City of East Grand Fourth of July Celebration on Monday, July 4 will consist of four events: Reed’s Lake Trail Blazer 5k Run/Walk, a parade, various activities at John Collins Park and fireworks over Reeds Lake.
The 5K begins at 8:30 am in the EGR Community Center parking lot, 750 Lakeside Dr Reeds-Lake Boulevard. From 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. there will be bouncy castles for children, food trucks and a water ski show by Grand City Skiers. From 8:00 p.m. until nightfall there is a concert followed by fireworks.
The Grandville 4th of July Parade begins Monday, July 4th at the Rock Urban Church, 3710 Chicago Dr. SW From 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the parade runs along Wilson Avenue, from 44th Street to Chicago Drive. Click here to register to participate in the parade.
The Fourth of July Celebrations in Cascade Township will be held on Monday, July 4th from 8:30am until dusk. The celebration begins in front of the Kent District Library, 2870 Jacksmith Ave.
Municipality of Ada
Ada’s Fourth of July Celebration begins at 10:00 am at Legacy Park, 7430 River St SE until 11:00 pm. The event includes the annual Independence Day Parade, followed by a vintage car show, music and fireworks at dusk.
The second annual Kent City Independence Day celebration begins on Friday, July 1 with an American Legion flag ceremony at 5:55 p.m. on Spring Street. Food trucks, children’s activities, craft shows, local business presentations, live music and fireworks will be featured.
The Grand Haven Fireworks return this year for a fun-filled night of celebration. The fireworks display begins Monday, July 4 at 9:45 p.m. at Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium, 1 N Harbor Dr. The Musical Fountain follows at around 10:10 p.m
Dutch Independence Day fireworks will take place from Kollen Park over Lake Macatawa. The event is free to the public and features a fun evening that begins in the afternoon with various food truck vendors. Fireworks start at 9:45pm or after dark.
Allendale’s 4th of July Grand Parade starts at 10:00am on Monday 4th July and lasts until 11:30pm. The parade begins at the APS K-8 campus, 10505 Learning Lane, with a flyover by the Holligans Flight Team.
On Monday, July 4th, the Saugatuck Douglas Fourth of July Celebration will take place at dusk. Those interested are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair to one of the parks in the area: Cook Park, Coghlin Park, Wade’s Bayou, and Wick’s Park.
The 4th of July Dorr Parade begins on Monday 4th July at 10am. The parade begins at the American Legion Dorr Post at 4310 18th St. The Dorr Carnival begins Friday, July 1 at 6 p.m. in Dorr Township South Park (1842-1846). 142nd Avenue). The event runs until midnight on Monday, July 4th. Join in the Miller Sound fireworks display on Monday, July 4 at 9:30pm, Door Township South Park.
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