Grand Rapids’ 4th of July fireworks returns downtown

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids’ annual Fourth of July celebration is returning after being canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Grand Rapids Fireworks, presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, will take place July 3 at 6 p.m. at Ah-Nab-Awen Park downtown, Riverbank Events and Media announced.

Organizers say it will be as close to pre-pandemic normal as they can make it.

The event will include food vendors and exhibits, continuing many of the traditions that people have come to expect, organizers said. Family activities will continue through 10:30 p.m., when the fireworks display over the Grand Rapids is set to start.

“We are looking forward to providing another great event for the West Michigan community, and we’re excited to present a firework display with an amazing finish,” Raul Venegas, with Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, said.

It’s a big undertaking, especially since organizers weren’t sure they would be able to hold the event until 45 days before the announcement.

Russ Hines, with Riverbank Events and Media, says getting the fireworks back downtown is a big step toward normalcy.

They are expecting thousands of people to attend.

The city of Grand Rapids, Meijer, Snap Fitness, LiveSpace and the Amway River Bank Run will also sponsor this year’s event.

More information on the 2021 fireworks in Grand Rapids can be found at and the event’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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