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    4th of July in Grand Rapids

    Fireworks, parades and live music are just a few of the ways locals celebrate the birth of the nation in Grand Rapids. Join us as we honor, reflect and revel in the American spirit!

    Parades

    Grandville starts the holiday celebration on July 3, with ball games and a Beer, Bands & BBQ event, in advance of a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts show, parade, carnival, live music, fireworks and more on July 4.

    Ada celebrates with a parade, rides, food, music and fireworks. July 4.

    Allendale offers a pancake breakfast, parade, classic car show, artisan vendor fair, food, live entertainment and fireworks. July 4.

    Cascade celebrates with a book sale, parade, jet flyby and all sorts of games, rides and music in advance of fireworks at dusk. July 4.

    Dorr starts the day with a pancake breakfast before segueing to a parade, carnival fairway and fireworks. July 4.

    East Grand Rapids follows up its noon parade with a party on the shores of Reed Lake, featuring live music, food, kids’ activities, a water ski show and fireworks. July 4.

    The Kentwood 4th of July celebration includes a community pancake breakfast, 5K race/fun walk, parade, evening carnival and fireworks. July 4.

    Fireworks

    The West Michigan Whitecaps present an expanded fireworks show after their baseball game with the Lansing Lugnuts, July 3.

    Amway Family Fireworks is the city’s biggest patriotic celebration – the event kicks off at 5:00 pm in downtown’s Ah-Nab-Awen Park, with family-fun activities, games, food trucks, vendor exhibits and live bands leading up to a spectacular fireworks show. July 7.

    You can get a Front Row for the Fireworks on July 7 at Grand Rapids Public Museum – admission includes activities, exhibits, special meal deals and more.

    Two downtown restaurants are are also throwing parties for the July 7 fireworks celebrations. The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck and jdek are offering food, festivities and prime riverside viewing for the pyrotechnics show. 

    Berlin Raceway, one of America’s premier short-track stock-car courses, presents fireworks show after its July 7 races.

    Attractions

    Grand Rapids Art Museum hosts a special “America the Beautiful” tour on July 3. A docent guide will take guests around the museum to visit several works of art that showcase the spirit of our country.

    Red, White & Blue Jam Night at Coopersville Farm Museum recognizes our military and veterans and their families through music. Come play or sing along. July 3.

    Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park hosts an Independence Day Celebration the Children’s Garden way – with engaging activities for guests of all ages. July 4.

    July 4th is the perfect day to explore a significant era of the nation’s history at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Be sure to check out the special exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Betty Ford.

    See the symbol of America – the Bald Eagle – and nine other amazing birds demonstrate their eye-popping talents during the Realm of Flight show at John Ball Zoo. Three performances on July 4!