Grand Rapids celebrates Fourth of July with fireworks

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks Saturday.

The festivities kicked off at 6 p.m. at Ah-Nab-Awen Park with a DJ, family activities, food and vendors. The firework display started at 10:30 p.m., and was emceed by Storm Team 8 Chief Meteorologist Bill Steffen.

Hundreds of people gathered there celebrate the holiday, and after the fireworks were canceled last year due to the pandemic, attendees were excited to be back.

“We thought, it’s Grand Rapids, after a year not having them, they might go big,” said Dale Vande Griend.

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss told News 8 she wanted attendees to keep a few things in mind.

“We’re still asking people to be mindful,” Bliss said. “We’re still learning to live with COVID. We’re concerned about the Delta variant. We know individuals who aren’t vaccinated are at greater risk of contracting COVID. We’re asking people to be mindful of that.”

Pyrotechnics started setting up the show at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, with a complex firing system with multiple computers to set the fireworks off.

The show had a wide range of fireworks — from smaller ones to very powerful ones — and some came from other countries.

“Spanish shells are different,” said Gary Richards from Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics, explaining they break at the top of the explosion to look similar to a palm tree.

The impressive display lasted about 24 minutes.

Watch the whole display in the video below.

—News 8’s Emily Linnert and Ruben Juarez contributed to this report.

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