Watch parties gathering for fireworks downtown


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

Several viewing parties are slated for Saturday’s fireworks show in downtown Grand Rapids.

The 2018 Amway Family Fireworks, which runs from 5-11 p.m., will launch fireworks from Ah-Nab-Awen Park on the shores of the Grand River at dusk.

People can watch the show from the park, which will feature music, entertainment, family friendly activities, food and vendors. The park is adjacent to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, at 303 Pearl St. NW.

People can also watch the fireworks at various viewing parties downtown, such as at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids, The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck and the Grand Rapids Public Museum (which has sold out, as of Thursday morning).

JW Marriott

The jdek patio at the JW Marriott will be hosting a fireworks party from 5:30-11:30 p.m.. The hotel is located at 235 Louis St. NW.

Live music is scheduled from 5:30-10 p.m., and cash bars will be open until midnight. An all-you-can-eat barbecue-style buffet will be served until 10:30 p.m.

Cabanas with seating for up to 10 people will be available for rental. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased at the door.

The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck

The viewing party for the fireworks is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m. on the outdoor patio of The Kitchen, at 187 Monroe Ave. NW.

There will be a buffet and beverages from Perrin Brewing Co., as well as music from DJ Composition.

Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets start at $64 per person and are $35 for veterans.

Grand Rapids Public Museum 
(sold out, as of Thursday morning)

The museum is planning its annual Independence Day fundraiser, The Front Row for Fireworks, for 6:30 p.m. at museum, at 272 Pearl St. NW.

There will be music, an amusement ride, live sky shows and activities, such as scavenger hunts, for families. Food will also be provided.

Guests can view the fireworks from the lawn seating area.

Tickets are $10 for museum members and $15 for non-members.

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