Thursday, June 20, 2013

Let Freedom Ring!

It is had to believe that it is almost July, which means the parties, fireworks, and parades are about to pack our calendars! Luckily for you, you have us, and we have compiled a list of all the firework shows happening in West Michigan. You're welcome :) If you can find a way to hit every single one of these, we want to know your secret! We have also listed a few events so if you don't already have plans, we think these are pretty great,
  Location More Information
July 3
  Allegan Allegan County Parks, Recreation and Tourism
  Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville Crystal Mountain
  Leland Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
  Pentwater Pier Pentwater Chamber of Commerce
  South Haven South Haven Visitors Bureau
July 4
  Beaver Island Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce
  Beulah Benzie Area Visitors Bureau
  Constantine River Country Tourism Council
  Cheboygan Cheboygan Chamber of Commerce
  Frankfort Beach Frankfort - Elberta Chamber of Commerce
  Grand Haven Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  Grand Rapids Experience Grand Rapids
  Harbor Springs Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce
  Mackinaw City Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau
  Petoskey Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau
  Saugatuck Saugatuck-Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau
  Silver Lake Silver Lake Sand Dunes-Hart Visitors Bureau
  Torch Lake Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau
  Whitehall White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
July 5
  DeVoe Beach, Indian River Indian River Tourist Bureau
  Shanty Creek Resorts, Summit Mountain Shanty Creek Resort
July 6
  Otsego Lake, Gaylord Gaylord Area Convention & Tourism Bureau
  Cadillac  Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau

For you last minute planners- here are some great events that won't break the bank.

Old Fashioned Fourth of July at Crystal Mountain!
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Crystal Mountain

Bring the entire family and join us as we convert Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa into “Main Street USA” and celebrate our country’s independence in good old fashioned red, white and blue style! This annual event—open to all—includes a family carnival, fireworks over the mountain, golf scrambles, 4k, live entertainment and more!

Tribute to the Troops at Michigan's Adventure
July 3 - 4
Michigan's Adventure
is02-1311878087-76952.jpegMichigan's Adventure will be celebrating Tribute to the Armed Forces on July 3 - 4 by offering military personnel of the Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve a free admission. In addition, military personnel may purchase up to six additional tickets for immediate family members at $21 each. Guests will be required to show one active military ID, DD-214, or Veteran's Administration Hospital ID to qualify for the discount. Tickets purchased for this event are non-refundable and are valid for admission on one of the listed dates only. Tickets must be purchased at the park on the day of your visit.

is62-1311878088-29253.jpegThe Emerald Island Lights Up with Fourth of July
July 4 • 2 pm
Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce
Beaver Island

The Big Parade & Island Airways Flyover, featuring the missing man formation at 2:00.
Line up for the parade starting at Holy Cross Church starting at 1:00.

The Public Museum's Front Row for the Fireworks offers a truly unique Independence Day experience.
July 4
Experience Grand Rapids
Ah-Nab-Awen Park, Grand Rapids

The parade will kick off the celebration Wednesday, July 4 at 5 p.m. on the corner of Lyon and Ottawa NW. The parade will continue to Veterans’ Memorial Park, 101 East Fulton St., where men and women who have served in the U.S. military will be honored.

Ah-Nab-Awen Park Concert Series
6:15pm Donald Kinsey (blues) -- This guitarist and singer -- frontman for The Kinsey Report as well as the Donald Kinsey Band -- is literally a Chicago blues legend who just happens to live in the Grand Rapids area. He's played with some true music icons, including Bob Marley, and is even currently featured in the new 2012 documentary about the reggae star.

7:00pm | Atomic Hoop Troupe - glittering group of hooping professionals who incorporate all forms of dance to create dynamic and exciting live performances.
7:22pm | Kari Lynch Band (country) -- Led by a young, up-and-coming country singer, this Grand Rapids-based group brims with real energy. Lynch and her bandmates have quickly developed into one of West Michigan's leading country acts.

8:30pm | Garrett Borns  (pop) -- Regularly selling out his West Michigan shows already, this 20-year-old singer-songwriter phenom from Grand Haven is slated this summer to play big festivals like Summerfest in Milwaukee and Arts, Beats & Eats in Royal Oak. Backed by a supremely talented band, Borns is touring behind his acclaimed debut album, "A Dream Between," recorded at Grand Haven's Redwall North Studios.
9:27pm | The Outer Vibe (rock) -- There literally is no more professional act in West Michigan than this one: This polished, five-piece outfit puts on a colorful, high-energy show with great diversity in approach. They're the only returning act from last year (they played the Rosa Parks Circle stage). They also plan to make this Fourth of July show the CD-release party for their brand new studio album, "Hoka Hey."

Grand Rapids Public Museum,, once more offers its Front Row for the Fireworks event. The evening’s festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. In addition to a front row seat for the fireworks, the night will include: organ concerts with stirring patriotic melodies in the Meijer Theater, exciting shows in the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium, rides on our famous 1928 Spillman Carousel, as well as a unique new museum-wide scavenger hunt for the family. Please note, the museum will close at 4 p.m. July 4 and re-open at 6:30 p.m.
The Café will serve a Meal Deal for $5.00, featuring hot dogs, bratwurst and pizza. Ice cream and other treats will also be available for purchase. At dusk, visitors can stay inside the museum in air-conditioned comfort or head outside to the carousel walkway or the enclosed lawn seating area. Either option provides an amazing view of the fireworks as they burst over the Grand River.
Member ticket sales ($10/adults and $5/children) began at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 3. Ticket sales open to the general public ($15/ adults and $7.50/children) on June 10. Guaranteed Museum ramp parking passes are available in conjunction with ticket purchases for $10. For tickets, visit, call 616.456.3977 or stop by the Museum’s front desk. Proceeds from this event support exhibits and programs of the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

July 4 • 11:30 am - 5 pm
Historic Charlton Park

31st Annual 4th of July & Veterans Bar-B-Que is July 4, 2013 from 11:30am - 5pm. The Veterans Association Complete Pork & Chicken Bar-B-Que Buffet will run from 12:30pm - 4:30pm in the Walnut Grove. Cost for the fundraising Bar-B-Que TBA.
Flag raising and remembrance begin before the Bar-B-Que. Games begin at 1:30pm on the village green. Everyone is encouraged to bring a home-made pie to be judged by our expert panel. Pies will then be auctioned off for the benefit of the Park. Admission and participation in the event is FREE!

is50-1311878086-75667.jpegWatermelon and July 4th go hand in hand at Binder Park Zoo!
July 4
Binder Park Zoo
Battle Creek

Could you fit a whole watermelon in your belly? Some animals in the zoo can! Who will be the fastest? Enjoy seeing the juice run down the chins of your favorite animals as they chomp on watermelons in the summer sun.

Stafford's Pier Restaurant, Harbor Springs
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Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce
Harbor Springs

The City of Harbor Springs, the Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Harbor Springs Public Schools and many other community organizations come together on this special day of celebration to bring you a series of spectacular patriotic events. See you on the Fourth and be sure to wear your red, white and blue!
  • Fourth of July Art Fair
  • Paul Revere 3 Mile and 10 Mile Run
  • Dog Look-a-Like Contest
  • Fourth of July Parade
  • The Keelhauler's Live On Dudley's Deck at Stafford's Pier Restaurant
  • City of Harbor Springs Fireworks Display

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