Grand Rapids to host fireworks Saturday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Fireworks were in the skies above many West Michigan communities Friday night.

But there was no city display in Grand Rapids - until Saturday.

What was once a July 4th event has turned into two days of celebration.

Celebration on the Grand and the fireworks have been moved to the first Friday and Saturday in July, respectively.

To have entertainment at Ah-Nab-Awen Park two days in a row is "kind of cool throughout the weekend, rather than just one night," Celebration on the Grand visitor Rebecca Foote said Friday.

Celebration on the Grand used to be held in the fall, but organizers worked with Amway Family Fireworks to move it.

"A lot of our set-up is actually going hand in hand with the Celebration on the Grand event that is happening right now. The whole stage set-up is actually ours for tomorrow," said fireworks coordinator Angela Paasche.

For Saturday's festivities, the family event will stay the same, starting at 2 in the afternoon, featuring children's games. Concerts start at 6 in the evening. Paasche just recommends you come early to get a seat on the lawn. She estimates there will be 150,000 to 200,000 people.


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