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Have you seen the latest viral sensations happening in Grand Rapids?
YouTube Trends states that Grand Rapids is the LipDub Capital of America. Even if we aren't we enjoy making them. Check out the ones that have been created here.
It's our way of welcoming you to Grand Rapids, Michigan: a world record-breaking lip dub video featuring thousands of participants throughout our city lip-synching to Don McLean's "American Pie."
The Grand Rapids Lip Dub video has surpassed 1.6 million viewers on YouTube and has garnered worldwide media coverage spanning multiple continents, including Asia, Europe and Australia. In the U.S., it's attracted plenty of attention and accolades from coast to coast:
Film critic Roger Ebert dubbed it the "greatest music video ever made."
Nightly news magazine, "Inside Edition," featured segments of the video in its syndicated show.
Kathy Lee and Hoda discussed the LipDub video on their segment of The Today show. Watch the clip.
Perhaps the greatest endorsement came from the "American Pie" singer himself. Don McClean posted "Amazing "American Pie" LipDub http://bit.ly/j2DjJ3" to his followers on Twitter.
See all of the national coverage this viral video has received.
We're excited for you to experience Grand Rapids. Our community is, too.
Show your support for Grand Rapids and the LipDub video by purchasing some Grand Rapids LipDub merchandise. T-shirts, stickers, posters, and other Grand Rapids gifts now available!
Recently, Clark Retirement Community launched their own LipDub Video. This was also shown on the Today Show and Good Morning America!
In the fall of 2010, GVSU created their LipDub. Check out their website.
Great art is everywhere you look in Grand Rapids – in museums and galleries, lining streets and spilling out of parks. Every fall, we host the world’s largest art competition. Discover our Hot Art and find art events that match your trip dates.
With restaurants that use fresh, local ingredients and markets that offer a tremendous variety of just-picked produce, Grand Rapids is one delicious destination. Explore our Hot Eats and find a restaurant that tickles your palate.
Grand Rapids is alive with the sound of music – every kind of music, every day of the week. Learn why this is a great city for Hot Tunes and find music events that suit your taste and your trip dates.
America’s best brewpub. The world’s third best brewery. Two of the planet’s top 10 beers. No wonder Grand Rapids was named Beer City U.S.A. in 2012 and 2013! Check out all the ways to enjoy our Great Beer.
Wherever you go in Grand Rapids, you’re never more than a few minutes away from a park, lake, river, golf course or hiking/biking trail. Every season offers endless opportunities for recreational fun. Explore our Grand Outdoors!
There are 18 amazing Lake Michigan beaches just a short drive away from downtown Grand Rapids – and one very popular in-town beach at the center of one of the nation’s largest urban greenspaces. Browse our Beaches.
From mega malls stocked with brand names to mini boutiques full of unique treasures, Grand Rapids offers a complete range of shopping experiences. Stores are close, convenient and friendly. Scan our Shopping options.
Grand Rapids offers big-city amenities without the big-city attitude. We cling tight to our small-town values – so expect friendly hellos, attentive service and pay-it-forward hospitality everywhere you go.