How you can celebrate Fourth of July 2020 safely

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There will be no Grand Rapids fireworks show this year, but Grand Rapids and a few cities around West Michigan still plan to host safe Fourth of July celebrations in 2020.

Grand Rapids

In Grand Rapids, the Hollyhock Lane Parade, hosted by the Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association, will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday.

This year, the scaled-back parade will not feature the children’s bike parade or hand out refreshments. Family floats are encouraged with cash prizes awarded to three lucky floatmakers. Masks will be mandatory, and all participants are required to remain 6 feet apart from anyone who is not part of their immediate family.


Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, a fleet of city vehicles will parade through the city of Kentwood, but viewers are strongly encouraged to maintain social distancing or remain in their homes. For more details, visit the Kentwood parade webpage.

East Grand Rapids

The city of East Grand Rapids also will host a modified parade on Saturday in which city vehicles will pass through the major neighborhoods of the city.

In order to minimize the spread of the virus, vehicles will be moving faster than normal and no longer passing out candy.

Residents are encouraged to avoid congregating and view the parade from their homes whenever possible. More information is available on the East Grand Rapids parade webpage.


In the city of Muskegon, the fourth annual Heykoop Veteran Memorial Car Show and Benefit will take place at the USS LST 393 Veteran’s Museum, 560 Mart St., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

The show car entry fee is $10, and general admission is free with $5 parking available at the Mart Dock. All proceeds from the event will benefit Lighthouse for Veterans and help fight veteran suicide.

The event will feature a DJ during the car show and food vendors available all day. All veterans in attendance are welcome to participate in the Pinning Ceremony at 1 p.m. Visitors also can experience live auctions at 11 a.m. and noon, a silent auction, 50-50 raffle, face painting and more.


In Allendale, midday Fourth of July events have been canceled, but visitors can watch The Hooligans Flight Team Flyover at 9:40 a.m. over Lake Michigan Drive between 48th and 84th avenues, as well as the fireworks show at dusk, which will be hosted at the Allendale Public Schools K-8 campus, 10505 Learning Lane.

The Allendale Chamber of Commerce strongly advises viewers to maintain social distancing or remain in their cars for the celebrations.


The Dorr Fourth of July Celebration is scheduled for Thursday to Sunday with plans to require visitors to wear masks and practice social distancing. Each day features activities, including carnival games, a World War II fighter plane flyover, live music, food vendors, pop-up movies, disc golf tournament, Fourth of July parade and fireworks show.

Visit the festival’s website for a full schedule and list of events.

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