Every Fourth of July seems to be the same fireworks, parades, and patriotic apparel. This Fourth of July try taking things local and participating in community events that help support our local folk. There are a variety of events that are located in and around the Grand Rapids area that provide an incredible amount of events that uplift and support the community around us.
Start off the holiday weekend at the Lakeshore Art Festival in Muskegon. This begins on the 3rd and boasts nearly 250 art vendors and food festivals. You could also take advantage of the Reeds Lake Trailblazer Run. Run with friends, family, or solo and start the morning off right. Afterwards, peruse the Fulton Street Farmers Market for the freshest ingredients to grill up at cookouts later in the evening.
Take a break from all that walking to watch the parade in East Grand Rapids at noon. Afterwards, bring the whole family for a party in John Collins Park on Reeds Lake. Kids of any age will enjoy games, balloon animals, concessions, and watching a water ski show on Reeds Lake!
For evening festivities, many local businesses are supporting fireworks shows around the area. Don your most patriotic apparel and grab a blanket to sit front row for the Amway Family Fireworks show, which includes not only fireworks, but also musical entertainment like the Tyler Howe Band and Pop Cult. Hit up one of the many food booths at the Holland Fireworks Celebration or enjoy watching fireworks on the harbor in Saugatuck. With all these wonderful patriotic festivities, you’ll have no problem finding something to do this holiday weekend!