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Watch Fifth of July Amway Family Fireworks Show Replay Here! [Video]

In case you didn't make it to downtown Grand Rapids for our 5th of July fireworks show, and didn't see or hear them, then you must have been in another state, since the show was huge and amazing!

Thanks to Amway for the amazing fireworks display, honoring all those men and women around the world who serve, and protect America's security and freedoms!

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Amway Family Fireworks’ Fifth of July: Downtown Grand Rapids Lit Up! [Photos]

Downtown Grand Rapids was lit up for the Fifth of July with the Amway Family Fireworks.

A few thousand people came to Ah-Nab-Awen park to enjoy some food, drink, music, entertainment, activities and, of course, the 20-minute fireworks spectacular!

Music from The Rhythm Aces, Vox Vidorra, and Three's a Crowd performed into the evening, as well as some amazing acrobatics and aerial work from the Daredevil Circus Company!

Then, the sky over downtown Grand Rapids lit up with an amazing fireworks show, to honor all those who serve and protect our freedoms and lives!

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‘Independence Day’ Reenacted By Pug Puppies [Video]

There are only a few things that can make the movie "Independence Day" better, in my opinion. One of those things is completely re-doing the entire movie, but instead of the star-studded cast the movie previously had, this time remake it with pug puppies.

Well, lucky for me, the people at The Pet Collective did just that. And the result is everything I could have hoped it would be. 

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Category: Animals, Videos
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Hedgehog Just Wants To Play With His Pine Cone Friends [Video]

Well, this is one of the cutest videos I've seen in a long time.

This adorable little hedgehog just wants to play with his new friends. Little does he realize that his "friends" aren't other hedgehogs, but pine cones. 

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Category: Animals, Videos
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Guy Impersonates 29 Celebrities in One Original Song [Video]

In a new original song, YouTubers Rob Cantor and Andrew Horowitz manage to combine 29 spot-on celebrity impersonations!

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Photo Courtesy Amway
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Vox Vidorra Brings Its Indie-Soul Fusion to Amway Family Fireworks on July 5 [Video]

Vox Vidorra, a Grand Rapids group of talented multi-instrumentalists, is performing Saturday at the Amway Family Fireworks celebration.

On July 5 at 7 p.m., Vox Vidorra is in concert at the Amway Family Fireworks at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids.

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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Don’t Drink and Boat [Sponsored]

The festive and summery Independence Day weekend is here!

Celebrating the Fourth of July holiday this year means a three-day weekend for many and some extra time to truly relax, enjoy and play out on the water.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, urges for you to keep you, those around you and others as safe as possible on the water when out boating.

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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Army Spec. Mitchell Oliver Visits for Fourth of July Week Leave Through Fly A Soldier Home [Video]

U.S. Army Spec. Mitchell Oliver is currently back home in Greenville, spending a 17-day leave that includes the Independence Day weekend thanks to an unexpected assist.

The 20-year-old soldier flew home June 21 to heartwarmingly -- and unsuspectingly for his mother -- see his parents, Deann and Gary Oliver, at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. He arrived with a welcoming reception from Blue Star Mothers of America and Patriot Guard Riders.

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The Rhythm Aces Groovin’ at Amway Family Fireworks on July 5 [Audio]

A rockabilly-, swing- and surf music-playing Grand Rapids group is kicking off the entertainment for the Amway Family Fireworkscelebration on Saturday.

The Rhythm Aces, comprised of former members of The ChupaCobras, performs its eclectic musical styles for the Amway Family Fireworks at 6 p.m. July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids.

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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Man Builds Ball-Throwing Machine For His Dog [Video]

Meet Jerry. Jerry appears to be some sort of weiner dog, and he also really enjoys playing fetch.

Jerry enjoyed playing fetch so much that his owner actually built a machine that would throw balls for Jerry, and that Jerry could work all on his own. 

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Category: Animals, Videos
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Courtesy Three's A Crowd
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Three’s A Crowd Rocks at Amway Family Fireworks on July 5 [Video]

One of Grand Rapids' top cover bands is playing Saturday at the Amway Family Fireworks celebration.

Three’s a Crowd performs at the Amway Family Fireworks at 9 p.m. July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids.

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100.5 The River’s July 2014 Top Songs Playlist

Check out the 40 songs in The River‘s rotation for the month of November.

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