Who knew that next Wednesday, July 25, is National Merry-Go-Round Day. We have to celebrate something, don't we? The Grand Rapids Public Museum is celebrating with free rides!

One and all can take a ride on the 1928 Spillman Carousel for FREE with a paid general admission. Built in North Tonawanda, New York in 1928, its one of only three of its style known to be produced. It revolves to the music of a Wurlitzer band organ.

Why July 25th? The day was chosen as the celebration day for National Merry-Go-Round Day as it coincides with the first United States patent that was issued for the modern carousel.

The carousel is made up of forty-four hand-carved, elaborately jeweled wooden horses, two chariots and six menagerie animals: a giraffe, whale, deer, goat, tiger and camel.