I didn't grow up in West Side Michigan and didn't hear about Tulip Time Festival until I moved to Grand Rapids for work when I was 21.

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If you're in the same boat as me and wondering "What is the Tulip Time Festival?" I've got you covered.

History of Tulip Time Festival In Holland

Tulip Time is an annual event held in Holland, Michigan, that celebrates Dutch culture and heritage. The festival is centered around the blooming of the tulips, which are a beloved flower in the Netherlands.

But how did this festival come to be, and what role did music play in its creation?

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The origins of Tulip Time can be traced back to 1927 when the city of Holland planted over 100,000 tulips as a way to beautify the community. The following year, they held the first Tulip Time festival to celebrate the blooming of the flowers. The festival was a hit, and it has been held every year since then, except during World War II

Pure Michigan via YouTube
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One of the most iconic parts of Tulip Time is the street scrubbing, which is a nod to a Dutch tradition of cleaning the streets before important celebrations. During the festival, locals dress in traditional Dutch costumes and use buckets and scrub brushes to clean the streets of downtown Holland.

Credit: Tulip Time Festival via Facebook
Credit: Tulip Time Festival via Facebook
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Did You Know There Is A Song About Tulip Time In Holland?

Don McHan, a local musician and songwriter, wrote a song called "Tulip Time in Holland" in 1953, which has since become a staple of the festival. The song celebrates the beauty of the tulips and the joy of the festival, with lyrics like "Tulip Time in Holland, where the colors all unite, where the tulips smile at the sun, in fields of red and white."

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