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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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#RIPMotleyCrue: Motley Crue Final Tour Grand Rapids Kickoff Concert Pics, Tweets!

Mötley Crüe is kicking off The Final Tour TONIGHT with Alice Cooper at Van Andel Arena!

Share your pics from The Crue's concert with 98.7 WFGR.

Just use the hashtag #RIPMotleyCrue to get your photos in 98.7 WFGR's R.I.P. Motley Crue gallery!

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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 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 Fireworkscelebration 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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R.I.P. Ollie Fretter [Video]

If you grew up in the '70s and '80s in Michigan, you know who Ollie Fretter was.

If he couldn't beat your best deal, he'd give you five pounds of coffee. Between Highland and Fretter appliances, that was our generation's ABC Warehouse and Art Van.

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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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July is Michigan Craft Beer Month! [Video]

It’s my favorite time of year!

And Beer City, USA is the perfect place to celebrate!

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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 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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Eminem’s Daughter Hailie Graduates High School With Honors [PHOTO]

Eminem's daughter, Hailie Jade Scott Mathers, is all grown up now! The 18-year-old subject of 'Hailie's Song' graduated from her high school Summa Cum Laude and plans on attending Michigan State University.

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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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