One of the best parts about our ever-growing city is that there are many places of interest to see an awesome fireworks display.
Considering that the 4th of July is on a Wednesday this year, one would think that there wouldn't be a ton of options.
On the contrary! Believe it or not, there are over 35 options to choose from this year, so there is definitely something for everyone.
ALLEGAN COUNTYAllegan: Allegan Jubilee Independence Celebration downtown Allegan on July 3; parade starts at 5:30 p.m.; live music, food, activities and a zip line at 6 p.m.; fireworks show starts at 10:15 p.m.
Dorr: Annual 4th of July Festival from June 30-July 4. 5K Run/Walk on June 30, disc golf tournament, worship service, bingo tent, classic car and truck show, music, community flea market, breakfast, karaoke and more (to view times and locations, click here). Parade starts at 9 a.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church. Parade viewing areas on south 18th Street & West 142nd Avenue, continuing past the parks. Fireworks show begins at dusk on July 4.
Douglas: Douglas Parade, field sports, sandcastle building, live music, and food. Fireworks show starts at dusk on Lake Kalamazoo.
Hopkins: The 4th of July Celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 4. The downtown park will have vendors, music, special games, and raffles, along with a Queen's contest in the evening. Fireworks show at dusk.
Plainwell: Fireworks show at the airport around dusk on July 4.
Saugatuck: Parade at 2 p.m. on July 4 down Butler Street. Waterfront Festival from noon-9 p.m. at Coghlin Park. Fireworks at the harbor around dusk.
BARRY COUNTYShelbyville: Fireworks show over the lake on Briggs Road starting at dusk on July 4.
Battle Creek: Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival on June 30 and July 4, starts at 10:30 p.m. at the W. K. Kellogg Airport.
Marshall: Fireworks show at Calhoun County Fairgrounds at 10 p.m. on July 1.
IONIA COUNTYIonia: 4th of July Celebration at the Ionia Free Fair Grounds on July 3; fireworks start at dusk.
Lake Odessa: Fireworks show on July 1 at the Lake Odessa Fairgrounds starting at dusk.
Portland: Fireworks show at Portland High School at dusk on July 3. The annual parade begins at 10 a.m. on Kent Street on the 4th.
KALAMAZOO COUNTYKalamazoo: Kalamazoo Speedway having fireworks show on June 30. It starts at dusk.
Portage: Fireworks show on July 3 at dusk at McCamley Field
Schoolcraft: Fireworks show on July 4 at dusk at Schoolcraft High School.
Ada: Parade starts at 10 a.m., activities, rides, food and music downtown from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fireworks show starts at dusk on July 4.
Caledonia: Independence Day Celebration on 100th Street; fireworks show starts at dusk on June 30.
Cascade Township: Book sale at Kent District Library Cascade Branch from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bike parading at 10 a.m. at the Cascade Fellowship Christian Reformed Church. L-39 Albatros jet flyby at 10:15. Annual parade started at 10:30, floats and vehicles will line up at Thornapple Covenant Church. Carnival rides, games, and music from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fireworks show from Ada Christian School starting at dusk. (All events happening July 4)
East Grand Rapids: 4th of July Celebration events all day July 4. Trail Blazer 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m.; Parade starts at Sherman and Wealthy Street intersection at noon. There will be activities, music, and food starting at 1 p.m at John Collins Park. The day ends with fireworks show over Reeds Lake starting at dusk.
Grand Rapids: Fourth of July activities, food and music at Ah-Nab-Awen Park starting at 5 p.m. on July 7. Fireworks start at 10:30 p.m. (more info on Facebook). Grandville: 4th of July Celebration. Buck Creek Run at Grandville Middle School on June 30 at 8 a.m. Beer, Bands, and BBQ is happening downtown from 4 -11 p.m. There a pancake breakfast in the morning, and various family-friendly activities at Grandville Middle School all day on July 4 and the parade starts at 11 a.m. (full list and times). Fireworks show starts at dusk over the middle school.
Kentwood: NN Mobile Solutions 5K Race & Fun Walk starting at 7:30 a.m. at Kentwood City Hall. A $5 pancake breakfast at Kent District Library Kentwood Branch starting at 9:30 a.m. Annual parade at 9:30 a.m. starting at Crestwood Middle School and ending at Challenger Elementary. The evening celebration at Crestwood Middle School starting at 6 p.m. and featuring carnival rides, giant inflatables, and food vendors/trucks; Sweet J Band will perform; fireworks show at dusk. (All events happening July 4)
Sand Lake: Fireworks show at 10:30 on July 4.
Hamlin Lake: Fireworks show on July 7 at Camp Douglas Smith, directly across the lake from Wilson Hill Park. Starts at 10:15 p.m.
Ludington: Annual Ludington Freedom Festival from July 3-4; Children's and Pet Parade on July 3rd at 6 p.m. Grand Parade down Ludington Avenue at 1 p.m. on July 4. Fireworks show starts at 10:30 p.m.
Muskegon: Muskegon Rockstock happening July 3-4 at Heritage Landing. $5 per day. Fireworks show over Heritage Landing on July 4 starting at dusk. Free viewing anywhere downtown Muskegon or along Muskegon Lake. Fireworks on the deck of the USS LST 393 will be happening on July 4 at dusk as well.
Whitehall-Montague: Fireworks show on July 4 starting at dusk at the north end of White Lake.
NEWAYGO COUNTYCroton: Freedom Fest on the Causeway starts at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 11 at the Croton Township Causeway. There will be live music, food, and a beer tent. The boat parade starts at 7 p.m., it starts by the Driftwood and follows the shoreline to the Croton Campground. Fireworks show starts around dusk.
OCEANA COUNTYHart: Hart Spark Fireworks show at John Gurney Park Beach over Hart Lake on July 2 starting at 10 p.m.
Mears: Fireworks over Silver Lake starting at dusk on July 4.
Pentwater: Annual fireworks show at Charles Mears State Park on July 3 at dusk.
OTTAWA COUNTYAllendale: Parade on GVSU's campus starting at 10 a.m. on July 4. Later that day, the Chicken BBQ fundraiser at the Allendale Township Community Park from 11:30 until everything sells out; fireworks show starts up around dusk over the park. Full list of events and times, visit the Allendale 4th of July Facebook page.
Grand Haven: Fireworks show at Waterfront Stadium starting at dusk on July 4.
Holland: Fireworks show at Kollen Park and Heinz Waterfront Walkway starting at 10 p.m. on July 4.
Marne: Berlin Raceway Independence Day Fireworks show starting at dusk on July 7.
VAN BUREN COUNTYBangor: Fireworks show at Bangor High School starting at dusk on July 4.
Hartford: Fireworks show at Hartford Motor Speedway on June 29 at dusk.
South Haven: Light Up The Lake fireworks show at the South Pier over Lake Michigan on July 3 at dusk.