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East Express E-Newsletter // Special 4th of July Edition
June 30, 2016

EGR - MFB Partnership BannerThe City of East Grand Rapids and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital are teaming up for the annual East Grand Rapids Fourth of July Celebration. The partnership comes as both the hospital and the city are celebrating 125-year anniversaries.

Schedule of Events 

  • 8:30 a.m.: Reeds Lake Trail Blazer 5K to support the EGR Community Foundation. More information here.
  • Noon – 1 p.m.: Parade 
  • Noon: Shafer Concessions & What the Truck open
  • 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Grand Rapids Original Swing Dance Society “Free Swing lessons and performance”
  • 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Family fun including inflatables, airbrush tattoos, balloon animals, caricatures, face painting & knocker ball demo
  • 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Ultimate Frisbee Learn-to-Play & game on EGR HS Football Field
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Water ski show – Grand City Show Skiers
  • 2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: NEW! Magician Mark Tripp
  • 8 p.m. – Dusk: Hark Up performance
  • Dusk: Fireworks over Reeds Lake

All events, except the Reeds Lake Trail Blazer and parade, will be held in John Collins Park. 

New Parade Map

Begins at Sherman/Wealthy intersection, continues east on Wealthy, turns left on Lakeside & ends at Reeds Lake Blvd.

New Parade Map

NEW! Pam Buschle named Parade Grand Marshal
Pam Buschle

Long-time East Grand Rapids native and community supporter Pam Buschle has been named grand marshal for the city’s annual Fourth of July Celebration.Pam will ride in an amphibious vehicle owned and driven by Mary Free Bed CEO Kent Riddle and his wife, Susan. Pam has served on the executive board for the Wealthy Elementary School Parent Teacher Association and has been a Girl Scout leader, coach for Girls on the Run of Kent County, a member of the Community Action Council and a volunteer at the Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon. 

She also is an advocate for
Mary Free Bed, where she went for rehabilitation after winning a grueling battle with sepsis in 2013. The victory took its toll on her body, and doctors were forced to amputate her legs below the knee and both arms below the elbow. Four months of intensive inpatient therapy and hard work helped Buschle to walk out of Mary Free Bed on two prosthetic legs. She later received a pair of myoelectric hands. 

“Pam has been a strong figure in our community for many years, so we are thrilled to have her lead our Fourth of July Celebration," Mayor Amna Siebold said. “I continue to be inspired by her perseverance and passion for life.”


State law permits the use of consumer fireworks in celebration of our nation’s ten federal holidays. On those holidays, “consumer fireworks” will be permitted in EGR on the day before, day of and day following the national holiday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 1 a.m. At all other times, fireworks are illegal to use in EGR.

Please note, fireworks, which includes sparklers, are prohibited on public properties in EGR.

Construction Reminder 

The Lake Drive/Breton construction project will limit the regular public parking lots that are available. Please plan accordingly. If you are parking on residential streets, please adhere to all posted signs and regular parking rules. 

Lake Drive Construction Map

We're looking forward to another SAFE and FUN
4th of July in East Grand Rapids!