GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The sun was just coming up, but some people excited about the Grand Rapids Fourth of July fireworks show were already staking out spots on the lawn at Ah-Nab-Awen Park early Thursday morning.
It was still dark out when Lynda DeVries and her grandkids laid out their blankets on the lawn in front of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Library.
"We've sat in this spot for years, people know where to find us, so we need to start getting here earlier these days to make sure we have our spot," DeVries said.
But Thursday was not the first time this year that DeVries' family had laid out their blanket on the lawn along the Grand.
"We brought it down during the flood to measure how close the water was to our Fourth of July spot," she said. "The kids were a little nervous whether we were going to be able to watch the fireworks, and look! It's all dried out and we're watching fireworks. But first we're watching the sun come up before the sun goes down."
By noon, dozens of blankets laid down to reserve spots dotted the lawn at the park.
The fireworks show starts at 10:30 p.m. in downtown Grand Rapids, but the park and bridges over the Grand fill up early.
Grand Rapids is holding another Fourth of July event prior to the fireworks show as well.
At 6 p.m., live music and entertainment will begin at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. Click here for the lineup.
For everything you need to know about Grand Rapids' Fourth of July celebration, click here .
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