GR{KNOW} | 4th of July Weekend Fun in West Michigan

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July 4th week is upon us and we’re rounding up the best places to go to and enjoy those fireworks! If you are spending the holiday in the West Michigan area, check out a variety of suggestions below.

Cascade Township July 4th Celebration: A book sale, parade, flyby, games, rides, music and fireworks all in one event? Well that’s what you’ll get when you come down to 6655 Cascade Rd. in Cascade Township. It all starts with a book sale which is followed by a parade and then a L-39 Albatross Jet Flyby. Guests can take this all in while participating in activities, riding on carnival rides and listening to great music. The event goes from 8:30 AM to 11:00 PM.

Ada Township: Come down to Ada Township to enjoy a 4th of July parade and float competition on River Street kicking off at 9:00 AM. That will be followed by a tasty Fireman’s Breakfast at the fire station, a car show at the Community Church parking lot and fireworks at the Ada Christian School. 

Allendale: Allendale is doing the 4th right with a parade running through the Grand Valley State University Campus starting at 10:00 AM. Guests can also support local vendors by attending the craft and vendor fair, eat great food at the chicken BBQ fundraiser and have tons of fun at the auto show, and critter barn. Top it all off at the awesome fireworks display taking place later that night.  

East Grand Rapids: East Grand Rapids will be a great 4th of July destination starting with a parade at noon. Guests can also enjoy family friendly activities, air brush tattoos, balloon animals, concessions and more. There will be a water ski show on Reeds Lake and when evening comes, Hark Up will be providing musical entertainment followed by a firework display over the water. 

Grandville: Stop by Grandville for an entire day of 4th of July fun. Running from 7:30 AM to late into the evening, the event will include a parade at 11:00 AM. Guests can also enjoy a pancake breakfast, an art exhibit, food vendors, a carnival, musical entertainment and, of course, a fireworks display. 

Kentwood: Kentwood kicks the 4th off right with a pancake breakfast at the Kentwood Fire Station at 7:00 AM. That will be followed by a 5K Race and Fun Walk at Kentwood City Hall and a parade that runs through the city kicking off at Crestwood Middle School at 9:30. At 10:30 AM, it’s back to City Hall for a great carnival and starting at 4:00 PM, it’s an evening celebration with fireworks.  

West Michigan Whitecaps vs. South Bend: Sports fans will love watching these professional minor league teams face off at the Fifth Third Ballpark. There will also be a special all you can eat BBQ menu available. 

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Patriotic Attractions

If you’re homage to America’s Independence, there are some events taking place during the 4th of July week in the Grand Rapids area you won’t want to miss. 

The Changing America exhibit is on display at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Visit to learn more about the Emancipation Proclamation, the March on Washington and the push for African-American freedom in the United States. 

Those who want to learn more about the life of West Michigan native Gerald Ford will want to visit the Extraordinary Circumstances exhibit at the Gerald R. Ford Museum. 

The 4th of July week is a great time to visit the John Ball Zoo. To make your trip extra patriotic, be sure to say hello to their two Bald Eagles.

July 5

Whitecaps Home Game: Nothing is more patriotic than baseball! Come down to the Fifth Third Ballpark on July 5 for Nick Jr. night featuring PAW Patrol. There will be kid themed giveaways, a kid’s happy hour, inflatables, mascot autographs and more.

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July 6

Amway Family Fireworks: The 4th of July may have passed, but the party goes on! Taking place at Ah-Nab-Awen Park on the shores of the Grand River, this event will be lighting up the skies of downtown Grand Rapids. In addition to the terrific fireworks display, there will also be family friendly activities, food and vendor exhibits. The event will run from mid-afternoon until evening and admission is free. 

Berlin Raceway: Another great after the 4th celebration will be taking place after the race at Berlin Raceway. Enjoy an exciting race on this .4375 mile long NASCAR Home Track and then cap it off with a terrific fireworks display. 

Front Row for the Fireworks: If you visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum on this holiday weekend, you will be in for a treat. Admission will include activities, exhibits, special meal deals and more. 

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park: Always a great place to enjoy nature, Frederik Meijer has a special day in store on July 6 including engaging activities which are sure to delight all their guests. 

Independence Day jdek Party: Come down to the JW Marriott for a great post 4th celebration. There will be music, New Holland drink specials, delicious food and giveaways. It’s all capped off by a firework display over a great view of the river. GRNow will be attending this event and giving our social media followers an inside look via Facebook and Instagram

With so much to do this 4th of July, our only dilemma will be choosing which event to attend. Whatever you decide, we hope you have a safe and happy Independence Day!