The Fourth of July is always a day of celebration, fireworks, and fun. Every city has their own unique traditions and activities for its citizens to enjoy. Imagine, however, being able to celebrate this special holiday for three whole days. The city of Grandville, MI has been hosting a Fourth of July celebration for the past 43 years and throughout these past decades, it has come to be a three day long event. “The celebration lasts for three days and provides several family friend events including: the Guns vs. Scholar Softball Game, the craft show, the Buck Creek Run, the parade, Rotary’s Pancake Breakfast, and annual fireworks show.” Grandville’s celebrations are all about (and focused on) community. If you plan on coming to Grandville around the Fourth, be sure not to miss these three exciting festivities:
There are usually around 30,000 individuals who come to watch this Fourth of July parade. The parade doesn’t being until 11 am, but be sure to come early to get a good seat (please note the official parade policy). The parade route starts at 44th Street & Wilson Avenue and heads north toward downtown Grandville. The parade features “city council members, city firetrucks, Grand Rapids First Church (they also help with clean up every year), a variety of veteran groups, the Chamber of Commerce, the High School band, boy scouts, and local politicians.”
Tuesday evening (July 3): Come to Wedgwood Park for a Little League All-Star Game (5 pm) followed by a softball game played between Guns (Grandville police officers and firefighters) and the Scholar (teachers from Grandville High School).
Wednesday (July 4): The days will start with the parade and end with the fireworks display. For hours in between, there will be concession stands, free activities for the kids, the annual craft show (featuring 60 artists this year), a patriotic skydivers performance, and much more.
This is another must-see display; come early to get a good seat. The fireworks starts promptly at 10 pm outside of the Middle School.
All of the festivities (with the exception of the parade) occur in and around Wedgwood Park and Grandville Middle School.
The Grandville Fourth of July celebration is planned by a subcommittee (backed up by the Parks and Rec department). Mayor James Buck has always been at the heart of the planning as well. According to Buck, “there has never [been] a complete rain out.” Occasionally the fireworks may need to be pushed back an evening, but despite a couple adjustments to schedule, there has never been a damper on the festivities. All of the funds raised by the celebration go to the Grandville Parks and Rec department and are used to make public park improvements and help fund the following year’s Fourth of July celebrations.