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Amway Family Fireworks – Photos From the Opening Ceremonies

The Amway Family Fireworks have kicked off in Downtown Grand Rapids in spectacular fashion!

We had a great kick off courtesy of our friends from Amway, as well as a Salute The Troops tribute from the folks at Spartan Nash! 

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#GRFamilyFireworks: Amway Family Fireworks Live Via Twitter, Instagram on 100.5 The River

The Amway Family Fireworks today at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids is more than just fireworks celebrating the Independence Day holiday weekend.

It's music, entertainment, food, frolic and fun, while embracing family, freedom and community.

Share the fun you're having and the festiveness and friendliness you're seeing by using Twitter or Instagram, and posting tweets and pics using the hashtag #GRFireworks, and see it all posted below on 100.5 The River.

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New Movies Include ‘Terminator Genisys,’ ‘Amy’ and ‘Magic Mike XXL’ [Video]

Could this be the weekend that Jurassic World and Inside Out finally get some competition at the box office?

Take a look at all of this week's new releases with Grand Rapids showtimes.

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More Michigan July 4th Weekend Campers Expected This Year Than in 2014

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is expecting more people to stay at Michigan state parks for the July 4 holiday weekend this year than did in 2014.

Weekend occupancy was projected at 92.7 percent for the holiday weekend as of June 30, compared to 88.6 percent at the same time in 2014. 

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Stephen Colbert Takes Over Monroe Public Access Cable Television [Video]

Stephen Colbert brought a lot of humor, some interesting historical facts and Eminem with him as he filled-in as host on Monroe Public Access Cable Television.

The results are hilarious.

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Karl Visits for Wet Nose Wednesday [Sponsored]

Karl came calling today.

Karl visited with Andy Rent as he talked about him on his Andy in the Morning show for Wet Nose Wednesday.

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Detroit Lions to Host LGBT Pride Night Event in 2015

The Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce, which has hosted events with the city's other three professional sports teams in the past, will bee hosting an LGBT pride night with the Detroit Lions, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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Amway Family Fireworks Primer

The Amway Family Fireworks are Saturday at Ah-Nab-Awen Park next to Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and the Grand Rapids Public Museum along the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids.

Activities, including music, entertainment, food, family-friendly fun and more, run from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m., with the fireworks going off at 10:30 p.m.

Here's a primer to help you attend and enjoy the Fourth of July event, with the title sponsor being Ada-based Amway. See you there.

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Another Michigan Earthquake? 3.3 Magnitude Quake Confirmed Near Battle Creek

A 3.3 magnitude earthquake has been recorded roughly 8 miles north of Union City, near Battle Creek, according to the United States Geological Survey.

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2015 Michigan Governor’s Service Award Winners Include West Michigan People and Businesses

Governor Rick Snyder presented the 2015 Governor’s Service Awards to ten extraordinary volunteers and organizations at Monday night’s annual Governor's Service Awards at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.

Winners were selected from 40 finalists and included West Michigan-area people and businesses.

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Photo courtesy of the Offrink Family
Photo courtesy of the Offrink Family
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West Michigan Mother of Two, Fighting Cancer with Husband, Dies

A West Michigan mother of two, who along with her husband was fighting cancer, has passed away.

Shelby Offrink passed away on Sunday, June 28 at the age of 31.

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Michigan Battling West Nile Virus, Avian Flu and Chronic Wasting Disease

Michigan's first cases of avian flu and West Nile virus were confirmed in early June. Chronic wasting disease was discovered in free-ranging deer in Michigan at the end of May.

The Michigan DNR and others are working to stop the spread of all three.

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