The Amway Family Fireworks will light up the Grand Rapids skies on July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids in celebration of Independence Day.

The 2014 event marks the fourth year of Amway’s title sponsorship of the annual fireworks display.

Photo Courtesy of Amway
Photo Courtesy of Amway

The July 5th spectacular, which is free and open to the public, is part of the City of Grand Rapids’ new events line-up for the first weekend in July. With the shift, the annual Celebration on the Grand event this year is July 4.

In the future, Celebration on the Grand will occur on the first Friday of each July and Amway Family Fireworks will be the first Saturday in July.

Amway Family Fireworks for 2014 starts mid-afternoon July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park next to Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on the west side of the Grand River.

The event includes family fun activities, games, food trucks, vendors exhibits, music and entertainment and runs through the fireworks display, which begins about 10:30 p.m. EST.

The music and entertainment runs in the evening, starting at 6 p.m. EST. The line-up of performances includes:

Photo Courtesy Amway
Photo Courtesy Amway

Re/Max of Grand Rapids is sponsoring the Family Fun Zone from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. EST at Ah-Nab-Awen park. The family-fun activities include old-fashioned games, a photo booth and more. Starting at 5:45 p.m. EST, Re/Max's signature 72-foot tall hot air balloonvisits.

The Amway Family Fireworks event, music and activities are all focused on celebrating family, freedom and community.

“The Amway Family Fireworks is a great way for us to focus on the things that are important to us as a company: family, freedom and community. Amway does stand for the American way after all!” said David Madiol, of Amway community relations. “We are looking forward to providing another great event for our community.”

Townsquare Media Grand Rapids' radio stations and on-air personalities will be at the event, including:

Russ Hines, general manager and vice president of Townsquare Media Grand Rapids looks forward to sharing fun and freedom with others at the Amway Family Fireworks.

“It’s exciting to come together as a community to give families a place to enjoy and celebrate our nation’s independence,” he said.

Also during the event, Amway is to collect handprints from community members for the Power of 5 Raise Your Hand Campaign. They are being collected from across the world as part of a Guinness World Record effort to fight childhood malnutrition.

Aside from Amway, Channel 95.7, 100.5 The River, 98.7 WFGR, 97.9 WGRD, 1410 AM The Touch and Townsquare Media Grand Rapids, corporate sponsors include Re/Max of Grand Rapids, Ionia Free Fair, U.S. Marine Corps, Godwin Plumbing Services, Hardware, Heating & Cooling and Aqua Systems, Metro PCS, Baker Party Rental, Majoor's Concessions and VHF Concessions. The community partners include the City of Grand Rapids, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Celebration on the Grand and Mindscape at Hanon McKendry.

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