It’s a weekend of Fireworks and 4th of July celebrations, but there are other things going on as well. We have a Book Sale, Baseball, Nature, Salsa Dancing, an Ice Cream Social for the Dog, Yoga AND Beer (together!), Science, Peaches, and Pinball.

Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.

Click on the event title for additional information.


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    Various Locations and Times

    Cost: Free

    There are fireworks scheduled every night, from Wednesday through Saturday. Check out our list to find out just where and when you can see fireworks near you. The big fireworks show in downtown Grand Rapids is Saturday night.

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    Friends of the Library Book Sale

    Kent District Library - Cascade Township Branch, 2870 Jacksmith Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

    Thursday, July 4th, 2019 - 8:30 am-3:00 pm

    Friday, July 5th, 2019 - 9:00 am-3:00 pm

    Cost: Free Admission, book prices vary

    They have turned the one-day sale into a 3-day event to give patrons more opportunities to find time in their busy holiday schedule. So, now you don't have to choose between that family picnic and some excellent books at bargain prices. You can have it all! Standing on 105-degree asphalt, trying to find the books you love, is not a way that most sane people like to spend their time. So, they are moving most of their books into the air conditioned Wisner Center this year to help you beat the heat. On Thursday, July 4th, it is the $10 bag sale all day; individual books still $2 for hardcover and $1 for paperback; all categories of books. On Friday, July 5th, all remaining categories; $5 bag sale.

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    Baseball: The West Michigan Whitecaps vs. The Southbend Cubs

    Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 W. River Dr., NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321

    Thursday, July 4th, 2019 - 7:05 pm

    Friday, July 5th, 2019 - 7:05 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $9.00

    Can you really celebrate America's birthday and NOT be at a ballpark? No, you can't! Not only will there be baseball on America's birthday, but also an exciting fireworks show immediately following the game! It will also be Thrifty Thursday with $2.00 20 oz. beers $2.00 hot dogs and $2.00 Pepsi products. It's also College Night, show your current college ID or military ID and get a reserved seat for $5. Then on Friday it’s another FANomenal Friday. This week it’s Nick Jr. night featuring Paw Patrol, with a Marshall and Rubble appearance. There will also be fireworks after Friday night’s game.

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    Free First Friday!

    Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Friday, July 5th, 2019 - 9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    All visitors will receive FREE general admission on the first Friday of each month throughout the summer to explore all of the opportunities Blandford has to offer. Come see the wildlife, hike the trails, visit the farm and more! This is an opportunity for families and individuals to experience what Blandford Nature Center has to offer.

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    Free Salsa Dancing at Rosa Parks Circle

    Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, July 5th, 2019 - 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    Priority Health is helping bring free community fitness to Grand Rapids this summer! They are a proud sponsor along with Mobile GR and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. Learn the basics of Cuban-style salsa dancing, Casino and Rueda de Casino, and some of the more fundamental Afro-Cuban rhythms. A partner is recommended, but not required! No registration required, simply drop in.

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    Yoga + Beer

    Big E's Sports Grill, 2325 E. Beltline Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 - 10:00 am-11:00 am

    Cost: $15 for 1 hour of yoga + 1 beer or $25 for 1 hour of yoga + 1 beer + lunch

    Peace, tranquility and beer! Join them Saturdays in July for Yoga! Beer options include Draft: Domestics, Founders Solid Gold, Perrin Gold, Short's Local's Light, Bell's Oberon, Leinenkugel Summer Shandy; or Cans: Deschutes Da Shootz, White Claw, High Noon Sun Sips Pineapple. Food options are Spinach Salad, Wedge Salad, Caesar Salad, Solid Gold Chicken Strips, Big E's Club, Grilled Chicken Sandwich.

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    Science Saturday

    Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 

    Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 11:00 am-12:00 Noon

    Cost: Free with General Admission

    Investigate Michigan animals as you explore fascinating facts about reptiles, amphibians, mammals and more. Learn from a guest naturalist what makes each animal unique, ways of simple identification and the importance of their conservation by participating in family-friendly activities.

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    Fourth of July Ice Cream Social!

    Pet Supplies Plus, 2500 E. Beltline Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 - 3:30 p[m-6:30 pm

    Cost: Free

    Hey Neighbor! Head to Pet Supplies Plus on Saturday for some fun! They will be having ice cream for you and your furry friend! While you're enjoying some cold refreshments, let your dog enjoy a dip in their kiddie pool, and take part in some fun guessing games! It's sure to be a good time!

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    The Peach Truck Tour

    Various Locations and Times

    Sunday, July 7th, 2019

    Monday, July 8th, 2019

    The Peach Truck Tour is coming to West Michigan on Sunday and Monday! To see the full schedule, go here: A 25 lb. box of peaches will be $42, a bag of pecans (10 oz. shelled and halved) will be $10, and The Peach Truck Cookbook will be available for $25! Make sure and ask the team about The Peach Truck Special! They say this is the best crop they've ever had. Not only is it the fullest crop in their history (did someone say no sell outs and no limits?!), but the flavor is going to be off the charts!

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    Free Pinball Day

    The Pyramid Scheme, 68 Commerce Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Sunday, July 7th, 2019 - 4:00 pm-2:00 am

    Cost: Free

    Want to play some Pinball for free? Head over the The Pyramid Scheme on Sunday! Ages 21+. Current list of pinball machines (subject to change):  Addams Family, Batman 66, Congo, Creature From The Black Lagoon, Deadpool, Dialed In, Game Of Thrones, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Indiana Jones Pinball Adventure, Iron Maiden, Medieval Madness, Metallica, Monster Bash, Scared Stiff, The Shadow, Simpsons Pinball Party, Spiderman, Star Wars, Tales Of The Arabian Nights, Theatre Of Magic, Total Nuclear Annihilation, Twilight Zone, White Water & Walking Dead.

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