The 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.
“After already establishing itself as a popular resort town, the City of East Grand Rapids incorporated as a village in 1891,” East Grand Rapids Mayor Amna Seibold said. “Now 125 years later, Reeds Lake still plays an integral part in the identity of our community, which is showcased in our annual Fourth of July Celebration.
“We are thrilled to partner with Mary Free Bed as we both celebrate 125 years of innovative and quality service to the community. Both of our organizations are proud of our rich heritage of support to East Grand Rapids residents, which makes this a natural collaboration.”
The day will include free family-friendly activities from morning until night. All events, except the Reeds Lake Trail Blazer and parade, will be held in John Collins Park. A list of this year’s events includes:
• 8:30 a.m.: Reeds Lake Trail Blazer 5K to support the EGR Community Foundation. More information is at https://www.reedslaketrailblazer.com/. • Noon – 1 p.m.: Parade. Note that this year there is a new route, which begins at the Sherman/Wealthy intersection, continues east on Wealthy, turns left on Lakeside and ends at Reeds Lake Boulevard• Noon: Shafer Concessions and What the Truck open• 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Family fun including inflatables, airbrush tattoos, balloon animals, caricatures, a swing dancing presentation, a big party ball demonstration and face painting• 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Grand City Show Skiers performance on Reeds Lake• 2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Magician, which is new this year• 8 p.m. – Dusk: Hark Up performance • Dusk: Fireworks over Reeds Lake
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital originated in 1891 when a small group of Grand Rapids women recognized the need for medical care for patients of limited financial means. Since then, Mary Free Bed has grown into the fifth-largest freestanding rehabilitation hospital in the United States, serving more than 33,000 patients annually.
“Because our early histories intertwine, it’s only fitting that we celebrate our heritage together,” said Kent Riddle, CEO of Mary Free Bed. “In fact, the Mary Free Bed Guild opened its first children’s orthopedic clinic at Blodgett Hospital in 1920.”
The City is still accepting parade entries, which are free. Those wishing to participate can enter until 5 p.m. June 30. Donations are also being accepted to help fund the fireworks display.
For more information about sponsorships, donations or participating in the parade, please call the Parks and Recreation department at 616.949.1750 or contact Susan Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org.