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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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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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Re/Max of Grand Rapids’ Family Fun Zone, Hot Air Balloon at Amway Family Fireworks

The Amway Family Fireworks will light up the Grand Rapids skies July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids in celebration of Independence Day.

But before that colorful display next Saturday, Re/Max of Grand Rapids' Family Fun Zone from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST at Ah-Nab-Awen park.

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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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Photo Courtesy of Amway
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Have a Blast with Amway Family Fireworks on Fifth of July in Downtown Grand Rapids

The Amway Family Fireworks will light up the Grand Rapids skies on July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids in celebration of Independence Day.

The 2014 event marks the fourth year of Amway’s title sponsorship of the annual fireworks display.

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Grand Rapids Public Schools Talks Budget Cuts [Video]

Facing a $13.5 million deficit due to a projected enrollment decline of 400 students, Grand Rapids Public Schools may have to make some tough decisions.

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Photo by Nocella/Three Lions/Getty Images
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‘My Kids Suck:’ Disgruntled Dad Sells His Children’s Stuff on Craigslist

Craigslist is not only a great place to buy things cheap, it's also a snapshot of who we are as Americans.  We reveal ourselves by the words we choose when selling our old crap.

Here's a case in point: A trampoline for sale from a Dad who clearly is fed up with buying stuff for his unappreciative children.  

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For Father’s Day: Never Grow Up, Never Give Up

For the first time since my oldest was born, all three of my daughters will be away from home for Father's Day.

That's not a bad thing. I wanted them to grow up independent, and live life to the fullest, and that's what they're doing, and that's the best gift I could ever ask for.

I wrote the following essay last year when my oldest, who lives in Los Angeles now, graduated from college, and I thought I'd share it with you.

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Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
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Meet The Star Of The National Spelling Bee, Jacob Williamson! [Video]

Jacob didn't win the event, but he won over America's hearts when he told everyone "he's got this", when in fact, he didn't.

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Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
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Two Michigan Spellers Advance To National Spelling Bee Semi-Finals

I'm a geek for the National Spelling Bee, the finals of which air in prime time tonight on ESPN.   I love it for its simplicity; a kid stands up, is given a word, and they can either spell or they can't.

Two of the semi-finalists battling for a spot on tonight's show are from Michigan.  Go Hannah!  Go Neha!

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LeVar Burton Raises $1 Million to Bring ‘Reading Rainbow’ Back In Less Than 24 Hours [Video]

We did it! In just half a day, LeVar Burton's "Reading Rainbow" campaign to raise $1 million on Kickstarter reached its goal. And the amount of money raised is still growing.

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LeVar Burton Starts Kickstarter Campaign to Bring Back ‘Reading Rainbow’ [Video]

Hold up. Stop everything you're doing. This is important - LeVar Burton wants to resurrect "Reading Rainbow," and he wants to be as universally available as humanly possibly.

On Wednesday, he launched a Kickstarter campaign, with a goal of raising a million dollars to fund the development of a web version of one of our favorite shows from our childhood.

Shut up and take my money, LeVar Burton. I don't need to hear anything else. 

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