2012 July 4th Fireworks Guide E-mail
Celebrate America's independence with fireworks, parades and special events in Grand Rapids and around West Michigan. All activities take place Wednesday, July 4, 2012 unless noted.


Grand Rapids:

Amway 4th of July Family Fireworks - Fireworks will once again return to Ah-Nab-Awen Park at dusk. A parade will kick things off at 5 p.m. at the corner of Monroe & Lyon, followed by entertainment and live music on the Ah-Nab-Awen stage until dusk. All events are free.

Front Row for the Fireworks - Enjoy exhibits, carousel rides, planetarium shows, deals in the Cafe and organ concerts at the Grand Rapids Public Museum while waiting for the fireworks show over the Grand River. As darkness falls, stay inside the air-conditioned Museum or head to the enclosed lawn seating area. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for kids (non-member prices), with proceeds benefiting Museum programs.

Ada/Cascade - The bike parade starts at 10 a.m. at Cascade CRC on Cascade Rd and is immediately followed by the main parade at 10:30 a.m. Games and activities continue until 3:30 p.m.; fireworks are at dusk at 7590 Fulton & Ada Drive.

Allegan - The annual July 3 Jubilee in downtown Allegan kicks off at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, with live music, entertainment, a craft show, games and more. The fireworks follow at dusk over the riverfront.

Allendale - The Fourth of July celebrations include a parade at GVSU, a hot dog eating contest, an artisan and vendors festival and fireworks at dusk over the High School.

Caledonia - Celebrate Independence Day early on Saturday, June 30 with a 5K run/walk, a parade, fun activities, live music, games and the fireworks at dusk. Recommended viewing location for the fireworks is the D&W parking lot on 92nd & M-37.

East Grand Rapids - EGR's 4th of July Celebration gets underway with the parade at noon, followed by the annual water ski show, games and activities and live music. The fireworks over Reeds Lake launch at dusk.

Ferrysburg - The parade starts at City Hall at 10:30 a.m., heads down Ridge Avenue to Pine Street and ends at Wm. Ferry Park.

Fremont - Fireworks will burst over Fremont Lake at dusk on Tuesday, July 3.

Grandville - A packed day of events to celebrate America's independence includes the parade on Wilson Ave at 11 a.m., chainsaw wood carving, a skydiving exhibition, live music, food booths and fireworks at dusk over the Middle School.

Grand Haven - The annual fireworks show at Waterfront Stadium begins at dusk, immediately following the Musical Fountain performance.

Gun Lake - The fireworks over Gun Lake are set for Sunday, July 1 at dusk.

Holland - The Celebration Freedom Festival at Kollen Park starts at noon on Wednesday with children's inflatables, games, food vendors, an ice cream social, an animal display and fireworks at dusk.

Kentwood - Kentwood's annual parade begins at 9:30 a.m. on July 4 at the corner of Eastern & 52nd and proceeds to Kalamazoo & 60th. The fireworks show at dusk will be held at the City Center (4900 Breton Rd SE).

Muskegon - Bring your blankets, chairs and snacks to Heritage Landing for the fireworks display at dusk.

Saugatuck - The annual parade begins at 2 p.m. and the music at Cook Park kicks off at 7 p.m.; fireworks are at dusk.

Last Updated 06/22/2012
Published 06/22/2012