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Celebrating at Celebration on the Grand

Celebration on the Grand's shift to summer came with a almost fall-like weather on Friday afternoon.

However, it wasn't autumn.

It was the Fourth of July -- Independence Day, with summer in full bloom on a holiday weekend.

The City of Grand Rapids' effort for sustainable special events debuted with excellent weather at Ah-Nab-Awen Park for the 35th annual Celebration on the Grand, which made the grand move from its fall dates.

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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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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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Photo Courtesy of Amway
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City of Grand Rapids Embraces New Fourth of July Weekend Festivities

The City of Grand Rapids today announced that Celebration on the Grand and the Fourth of July fireworks are being combined into a two-day event to be held annually the first Friday and Saturday of July.

With the shift, this year’s Celebration on the Grand activities will be held the evening of Friday, July 4. The Amway Family Fireworks event will cap off the event shortly after dusk Saturday, July 5. In addition, admission remains free to both downtown Grand Rapids events.

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Channel 95-7 On Location At Fifth Third Bank For The “Fourth”

Join Channel 95-7 as we broadcast live, tomorrow from 4pm til' 6pm, at Fifth Third Bank in Grand Rapids to kick of the Fourth of July Festivities!  It's time to celebrate our nations birthday in the heart of downtown with your entire family.

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Independence Day Fun Facts!
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Independence Day Fun Facts!

As Americans celebrate 235 years of Independence today ... we can also stand proud as the Statue of Liberty turns 125 this year!

If you dig history and fun facts like I do ... read on:

Our 30th President, Calvin Coolidge

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West Michigan Fourth Of July Fireworks Schedule

The weather looks dry through the Fourth of July!  All of West Michigan's Fourth of July celebrations should go off as scheduled and there is no shortage of celebrations to choose from. 

Now is the time to make a run to the grocery store to get all of your campfire supplies

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Protect your pet from firework fears on the 4th of July!
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5 Things To Protect Your Pet From Fireworks Fear!

Happy Fourth of July weekend!  As you plan your family reunion or pack your car to head out-of-town today -- make sure you keep a couple of things in mind if you plan on taking your four legged family member(s) with you!

Most likely your dog, cat, ferret, bird and/or horse has a fear of something.  The most common problem is the fear of loud and unexpected noises which is the whole point of celebrating our independence -- being loud and obnoxious with as many bottle rockets and sparklers as you can afford!  Plus, taking in your local fireworks display!!

Thanks to our friends at the Humane Society, here's a practical list of five things you can do to make sure your pet is as comfortable and safe as possible this holiday weekend.

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Caledonia’s Independence Day Celebration Is This Saturday

Some people just can't wait to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks.  It seems every neighborhood has a few, at least every neighborhood I've lived in.  The residents of Caledonia like fireworks too

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