The Grand Rapids City Commission has been busy, not only in decision making that keeps our city running smoothly, but making an effort to bring excitement back after our long pandemic.

The City officials have authorized dozens of special events between this month, April, and December.

We continue to vaccinate with everyone 16-years and above eligible and city leaders hope that progress will move us toward the much hoped for normalcy! As a matter of fact, about 50 events per month throughout the summer have been approved. Great news!

City of Grand Rapids/Fox17
City of Grand Rapids/Fox17

Fox17 reported some of the events include races and fun runs, Tuesday night swing dancing, Chalk It Up, the Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival, Grand Rapids African American Art and Music Festival, LMCU Bridge Run, Eastown Bizarre Bazaar, Armed Forces Thanksgiving, ArtPrize and more.

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said, “It is exciting to see the return of the events and activities that make Grand Rapids vibrant."

All authorized events will still need to follow state executive and emergency orders and an Emergency Action Plan that details the organizer’s plans to mitigate measures.

The City Commission also approved a special event permit for Riverbank Events on July 3, which will host the Family Fireworks Event at 10 p.m. July 3 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park and the Gillett Bridge.

How can we all help? Continue to wear a mask, social distance if possible for the time being, and GET VACCINATED!


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