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Happy Fourth of July!

We’re gearing up for another Fourth of July Celebration in East Grand Rapids as we celebrate our nation’s independence.

Schedule of Events
  • 8:30 a.m. 2018 Reeds Lake Trail Blazer 5K Run/Walk to benefit the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation. All ages and abilities welcome. Register here
  • 12 - 1 p.m. Parade starts at Sherman/Wealthy St. intersection, continues east on Wealthy, turns north on Lakeside and ends at Reeds Lake Blvd. 
July 4 Parade Map

  • Noon to LATE Shafer Concessions and Gettin' Fresh food trucks will be open
  • 1 - 3:30 p.m. Activities open including Bounce House, Joust, Obstacle Course, Wacky Trikes, Air Brush Tattoos, Face Painting and Balloon Animals
  • 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Water Ski Show by Grand City Show Skiers
  • 3 - 3:30 p.m. Performance by The Island Guys Steel Drum Band from Southfield, MI
  • 8 p.m. - Dusk Performance by Hark Up Choir and Music
  • Dusk FIREWORKS over Reeds Lake!
Please note: the boat ramp will be closed on July 4 from 8 - 11 p.m., with no in or out.

All activities will take place in John Collins Park, unless otherwise noted.

More information here

Parade Safety

Safety Reminders

Please remember to keep your children at a safe distance from the parade vehicles. If you are lighting off fireworks, please ensure proper precautions are in place. Finally, don't forget to lock your house and car doors. Let’s all do our part to have a safe day as we celebrate our nation’s independence!

Fireworks July 4


With the upcoming holiday, fireworks are a popular way to celebrate. Please remember, they are allowed the day-before, day-of and day-after a federal holiday between the hours of 8 a.m. and midnight. If you have veterans in your surrounding neighborhood, we encourage you to be conscious, as fireworks can be a PTSD trigger. Learn more here. Please be safe!

Other City News

August 7 Primary Election

Absentee ballots are available at city hall or by contacting us at 949.2110. On election day, polls will be open 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. at your usual polling location. Click here for info on registration, locations or absentee voting or to see what’s on your ballot.

Gypsy Moth

West Michigan is experiencing an increase in gypsy moth population. The larvae (caterpillars) of this invasive pest feed on a variety of trees, but prefer oak. The City will have an information on gypsy moth at the Monday, July 16 City Commission meeting. For more information on gypsy moth, click here.

European Frog-bit 

As part of its ongoing effort to combat invasive species in East Grand Rapids, the City has been actively managing the European frog-bit infestation found in Reeds and Fisk Lakes since 2016. Residents surrounding the lakes are encouraged to contact the MDEQ if they discover this invasive species. More information here.

Summer Entertainment 

All summer long, there are movies and concerts to keep you and your family entertained. All located in John Collins Park on the shores of Reeds Lake. 

Board of Review Meeting Notice

The East Grand Rapids Board of Review will be in session at 8:00 a.m. on July 17 at the City of East Grand Rapids, 750 Lakeside Dr, SE, for the purpose of correcting clerical errors and mutual mistakes of fact in the 2018 and 2017 assessment rolls as provided for under MCLA 211.53(b). The Board may also consider 2015 through 2018 Principal Resident Exemption affidavits where no previous affidavit was filed or denied. Applications for resident exemption affidavits must be completed prior to the Board meeting and must include an accurately filed Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit.

The City of East Grand Rapids does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access, or treatment in its programs or activities. Please call 949.2110 to coordinate compliance with the non-discrimination requirements contained in Section 35.107 of the Department of Justice regulations. Requests for accommodation under the ADA should be addressed to the Assessor, preferably at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

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