Boaters should enjoy their time on the water, being smart and playing safely while on it.
Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, urges you to be smart while out boating, regardless of whether you're on an inland lake, river, stream, pond, rapids, creek, whitewater course or one of the Great Lakes like Lake Michigan.
Paddle sports are the fastest-growing segment of recreational boating, with more than 300,000 paddle craft, primarily kayaks, being sold annually in the U.S., according to the Water Sports Industry Association and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, rowing, rafting and various other paddle sports are thrilling, exciting and fun.
Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, urge you to paddle smart, regardless of whether you are on an inland lake, river, stream, pond, whitewater course, rapids or one of the Great Lakes like Lake Michigan.
John Ball Park was the venue and craft beers were the main course Saturday.
The fourth annual Summer Craft Beer Festival poured, played, entertained and fed hundreds from across Grand Rapids, West Michigan and beyond on a summery afternoon and early evening with sunshine and temperatures creeping into the low 80s.
The City of Grand Rapids' Fourth of July got celebrated on the Fifth of July.
And what a festive day it was, part of a two-day celebration for the Independence Day weekend in Grand Rapids.
The Amway Family Fireworks at Ah-Nab-Awen Park on Saturday brought a 20-minute fireworks celebration for the Independence Day weekend to cap a day full of music, entertainment, food, frolic and fun, while embracing and feting family, freedom and community.
The 20-minute Amway Family Fireworks display scheduled to illuminate the downtown Grand Rapids skies on Saturday night is an event months in the making designed by a family business with fourth-generation roots in such efforts.
Embrace the three-day Independence Day weekend, enjoy the great outdoors on the water -- and at the beach -- and stay safe by following the rules of the water and navigational regulations. On a festive weekend like this, too, don't drink and boat!
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