2007 July 4th Fireworks & Parade Guide E-mail
More than a dozen fireworks shows, parades and festivals are scheduled around the Grand Rapids area for the Fourth of July Weekend. Check out the guide and find the perfect place to celebrate America's Independence. Fireworks, parades and events listed take place on July 4th, unless noted.

Downtown Grand Rapids - July 4th, 10:15 p.m. The fireworks show begins at dusk on July 4th along Pearl Street, Ah-Nab-Awen Park and the Grand River. Live music and entertainment kicks off at 6 p.m.

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Local First Street Party Returns for Fourth Year E-mail
More than 4,000 people are expected downtown to celebrate local food, bands, beer and businesses at the 4th Annual Local First Street Party Saturday, June 9. The free event will take place from 3 p.m. until midnight on Weston Street, in front of Bistro Bella Vita. H. Ritz Koney will serve hot dogs and other specialties and beer will be provided by Founders Brewing.

Hillmount Opens Roof Deck E-mail
Area residents will have the opportunity to check out some of the best panoramic views of Grand Rapids Friday, June 8 when Hillmount unveils its new rooftop deck. The free grand opening event at the condominium project in Heritage Hill will include food, drinks and live music from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is open to the public.

Special NAYA Preview to Support Cancer Research E-mail
Wine afficinados will have the chance to preview a new Grand Rapids restaurant while raising money for cancer research at a special benefit event June 7. “Fusion: Cuisine, Michigan Wines and Cancer Research at NAYA” will feature Michigan wines from Leelanau Cellars as well as food samples from NAYA, the new globally-inspired casual dining restaurant opening in the Terrazzo Shops on East Paris in mid-June. Several researchers from the Van Andel Institute will be on hand to talk about their work and answer questions from guests.

Downtown Hosts 2007 Festival of the Arts June 1, 2 & 3 E-mail
Grand Rapids' biggest event will celebrate its 38th year when Festival of the Arts opens Friday, June 1 at the Calder Stage. The celebration of local music, food, art and dance is the largest all-volunteer festival in the nation and nearly 500,000 visitors are expected to attend over three days.

In addition to thousands of visitors, more than 10,000 volunteers are expected to pitch in at the event. "Our volunteers are from virtually any background in West Michigan," said Fred Bivins, President of the Festival Board of Directors. This year's theme of '38 Years - Community Hands at Work' reflects the tribute to the volunteers, not only in 2007, but in years past.

Complete food booth list (pdf)
Festival Map (pdf)
Film Schedule

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Many of the volunteers will be stationed at the 25 food booths offering cuisine from around the world, including Vietnamese, Greek, Mexican, Italian and American will be scattered throughout the Festival grounds.

The Chocolate Tree E-mail
Visitors to Frederik Meijer Gardens will have the chance to take a journey and see how chocolate is made from start to finish when The Amazing Chocolate Tree opens. Beginning May 25, The new exhibition features fourteen different indoor and outdoor elements including a 20-foot flower dome, a chocolate factory and a chocolate garden.

2007 Memorial Day Parade & Event Guide E-mail

Find times and locations for Memorial Day parades and events in Grand Rapids and around West Michigan.

Grand Rapids Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony - The annual Memorial Day Parade begins at 8 p.m. on May 30 at the N. Division and Michigan Ave overpass downtown. The parade then proceeds south to Fulton Street and then east to Veteran's Park, where it will be followed by a special ceremony.

2007 Memorial Day Parade Guide

River Bank Run Returns for 30th Year E-mail
The largest 25K race in the United States returns for a 30th year to downtown Grand Rapids May 12. More than 2,000 participants pre-registered for the event, which includes the 25K USA National Championship, a 5K run, 5K Community Walk and Junior events. Top prize in the Championship Division this year is $4,000 for both the men's and women's competitions.

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