Fireworks light up downtown


The Amway Family Fireworks event lights up the sky above the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy Amway

Downtown will celebrate Independence Day tomorrow with the Amway Family Fireworks event.

The annual, free event will be held at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids and will feature bands, family activities, games, food trucks and vendor exhibits.

The celebration begins at 6 p.m., and fireworks begin at 10:30 p.m.

Amway said this year’s fireworks display will last longer than previous years and conclude with a “bigger finale.”

From 7-9 p.m., children can visit the Amway Family Zone, which will include free face painting, water tattoos, balloon characters and other activities.

“We are looking forward to providing another great event for our community, and we’re excited to present a longer fireworks display with an amazing finish,” said David Madiol, community relations representative for Amway.


Air National Guard Band of the Midwest: An Air Force band attached to the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Illinois. The diverse group features a concert band, which will play patriotic songs, as well as blues, jazz and rock ensembles.

Upstage Crew Blues Band: A ’60s blues-inspired band with West Coast and Chicago blues influences.

DJ Monica Parker: A Grand Rapids-based DJ who spins top 40 and dance hits.

Hey Marco: A six-piece jazz and pop band from Grand Rapids that blends intricate rhythms, melodies and harmonies with soaring vocals.

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