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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! What would be a better way to celebrate this holiday than spending some time in beautiful West Michigan. Whether you are visiting the area on vacation or are a born and raised Michigander, you are sure to be blown away by the beauty of Michigan summers and the events surrounding the 4th. We’ve compiled a list of the great things happening around town as well as a few ideas of our own to help you make the most of your Independence Day!

Races and Fun Walks

For those looking to get a little exercise before consuming all of that grilled goodness at dinner, considers participating in the Kentwood 5K Race & Fun Walk or the Trail Blazer 5K Run/Walk in East Grand Rapids. Whether you’re an avid runner or just want to walk or jog, these races will be a great way to kick off your day! Sign up here for Kentwood and find more information here for East GR.

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Parades

Who doesn’t love a good parade? Start your morning off right with a patriotic celebration in the streets. Fun for adults and kids alike, a parade will be a great way to get in the spirit of the 4th. Check out the parades in Ada/Cascade, Allendale, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, and Grandville (we think this one is the best but we might be a little biased).

Activities/Festivals

After you’ve gotten a workout in and caught some flying candy, head on over to the activities held throughout the day. With craft shows, rides & inflatables, car shows, food vendors, and live music there is sure to be something for everyone. Grab a funnel cake and stroll through the festivities for a fun-filled day. Discover what each town has to offer: Ada/Cascade, Allendale, East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood and Holland.

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Sporting Events

What’s more American than baseball? Head on over to the Whitecaps 4th of July game vs. the South Bend Cubs for some classic American fun. Grab a hot dog and spend a nice evening at the ballpark. Plus, as soon as the game is done there will be a fireworks show! With seats for as low as $9, this is a great idea for your budget as well! Get tickets here.

Beaches

Maybe you are looking for more of a relaxing holiday. If so, head to one of our fabulous beaches along the coast! With the sun on your face and sand on your feet you are sure to spend your day out of the office to the max. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and lots of water! Explore the beaches of Grand Haven, Holland, Muskegon and Saugatuck/Douglas (bonus – each of these cities have fireworks over the lake at night).
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Fireworks

If you aren’t already at the baseball game or camped out at one of the beaches listed above for fireworks, these other cities are putting on their own displays: Grandville, East Grand Rapids, Allendale, Kentwood, Ada/Cascade.
We hope that you have been inspired for your holiday plans! We are so thankful to be located in such a beautiful part of the country and can’t wait to spend the day celebrating our country’s freedom. Check out our Fourth of July Pinterest Board for even more holiday craft and snack ideas!

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