GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — On July 4th, communities around West Michigan gathered for parades to celebrate our nation’s independence.
The Fourth of July parade in Dorr is part of one of Allegan County’s largest festivals. Thousands of people lined 18th Street and 142nd Avenue to watch it Monday.
A group of veterans led the procession, which lasted about 90 minutes. The parade included a flyover and numerous historical tractors, cars, and large construction and farming equipment. Dorr’s Fourth of July parade draws visitors from several neighboring communities each year.
The Ada parade started at 10 a.m. and featured a kids parade to start the lineup. Starting on Headley Street, the crowd turned onto Ada Drive before heading down Thornapple River Drive and curving around down Bronson to the finish. The township also hosted a Classic Car Show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., music at Legacy Park starting at 6:30 p.m., and fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
Grandville’s parade started at 11 a.m. on Wilson Avenue, after activities like a pancake breakfast and flag raising ceremony. Following the parade, there were food vendors and live music. At dusk, the city hosted fireworks.
Cascade Township hosted a parade that started at 10 a.m. at the corner of Cascade Road and Burton Street. It began with a bike parade from Thornapple Covenant Church. The parade ended at 28th Street and Thornhills Avenue. Following the parade, games rides and music were at the Cascade Township Library Parking lot on Jacksmith Avenue for the community to enjoy. Fireworks were scheduled at dusk.
Grand Rapids’ Ottawa Hills neighborhood hosted its 88th annual Hollyhock Lane Parade this year. It dates back to 1934 when it was a bike parade for kids. It has become the longest-running continuous Independence Day parade in the state.
It started at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Calvin Avenue and Alexander Street and ended in an alley between Giddings and Calvin Avenues. The parade was followed by a Hollyhock Lane Ceremony and Jazz by Elgin Vines & Co. at 9:30 a.m. Prizes were awarded for the Best Patriotic Float, Best Environmental Float and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
For a list of 4th of July celebrations around West Michigan, click here.