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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Don’t Drink and Boat [Sponsored]

The festive and summery Independence Day weekend is here!

Celebrating the Fourth of July holiday this year means a three-day weekend for many and some extra time to truly relax, enjoy and play out on the water.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, urges for you to keep you, those around you and others as safe as possible on the water when out boating.

Embrace the three-day Independence Day weekend, enjoy the great outdoors on the water -- and at the beach -- and stay safe by following the rules of the water and navigational regulations. On a festive weekend like this, too, don't drink and boat!

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Army Spec. Mitchell Oliver Visits for Fourth of July Week Leave Through Fly A Soldier Home [Video]

U.S. Army Spec. Mitchell Oliver is currently back home in Greenville, spending a 17-day leave that includes the Independence Day weekend thanks to an unexpected assist.

The 20-year-old soldier flew home June 21 to heartwarmingly -- and unsuspectingly for his mother -- see his parents, Deann and Gary Oliver, at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. He arrived with a welcoming reception from Blue Star Mothers of America and Patriot Guard Riders.

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The Rhythm Aces
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The Rhythm Aces Groovin’ at Amway Family Fireworks on July 5 [Audio]

A rockabilly-, swing- and surf music-playing Grand Rapids group is kicking off the entertainment for the Amway Family Fireworks celebration on Saturday.

The Rhythm Aces, comprised of former members of The ChupaCobras, performs its eclectic musical styles for the Amway Family Fireworks at 6 p.m. July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids.

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Courtesy Three's A Crowd
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Three’s A Crowd Rocks at Amway Family Fireworks on July 5 [Video]

One of Grand Rapids' top cover bands is playing Saturday at the Amway Family Fireworks celebration.

Three’s a Crowd performs at the Amway Family Fireworks at 9 p.m. July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids.

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Bad News For Your Fourth of July Weekend: Gasoline Prices Hit Six-Year Holiday High

Expect to pay more at the pump this summer.

Conflicts in Iraq have caused gas to go up substantially.

According to AAA, 41 million people are expected to hit the road during this Fourth of July weekend, and experts say get ready to pay more at the pump.

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Daredevil Circus Company/Anthony Nowack
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Daredevil Circus Company Performs at Amway Family Fireworks on July 5 [Video]

A homegrown Grand Rapids circus troupe is performing Saturday in a return show for the Amway Family Fireworks celebration.

Daredevil Circus Company brings its Cirque du Soleil-style show to the Amway Family Fireworks at 8 p.m. July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids.

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‘N Sync’s Lance Bass Helps Detroit Lion Joe Fauria With His Dance Moves [Video]

Detroit Lion's tight end Joe Fauria caught seven touchdown passes last season. He quickly became a fan favorite (or at least a favorite of mine) because after all of those touchdowns, Fauria performed an awesome endzone dance.

Just because that's what he's famous for, doesn't mean that he couldn't use a lesson or two to make his moves a little better, right? Well, FOX found the guy to teach him some new moves - 'N Sync's Lance Bass.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Rocks

Look, everyone knows that it's your obligation as a human being to go see a new 'Transfomrers' movie when it comes out whether you want to or not. It's the only explanation for the success of the past three films (since no one actually likes them) and it's the only explanation for the massive first weekend of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction,' which had the biggest opening of 2014 so far.

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Fireworks Season Means Enjoying Community Displays, Celebrating Safely [Video/Infographic]

It's the season for fireworks, which are synonymous with Independence Day celebrations.

July 4 marks the 238th anniversary this year of the United States' independence from England through the Declaration of Independence. It means celebrating our nation's founding through community events, with professionally-done aerial fireworks displays such as the Amway Family Fireworks on July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids.

If consumer fireworks are used at home or elsewhere, enjoy them safely to protect lives and property while embracing Independence Day.

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Michael Valdez, ThinkStock
Michael Valdez, ThinkStock
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Independence Day Weekend Fireworks and Activities in West Michigan – 2014

Independence Day weekend will bring many opportunities to celebrate and enjoy fireworks in West Michigan in 2014.

Take a look at our list and have a great Independence Day weekend!

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Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard
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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Follow the Rules of the Water [Sponsored]

Summer is here! It officially arrived last Saturday, and this is truly the season when many love to relax and play out on the water.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, says to keep you and those around you safe on the water when boating.

In embracing summer and enjoying the great outdoors on the water and at the beach, here's another tip good for boaters and beach-goers to help you stay safe out there: Follow the rules of the water.

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New Movies This Week: ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ and ‘Met Summer Encore: La Rondine’ [Video]

Okay, so only one new movie this week, but it's a biggie: the fourth installment in the robot-alien-EXPLOSIONS!!! saga based on a 1980s cartoon.

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