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East Express Fourth of July edition

East Express | June 30, 2022


Nothing says summer like the annual East Grand Rapids Fourth of July celebration! We invite the community to celebrate America’s birthday with us on Monday, July 4. A special thanks to title sponsor Spectrum Health for making this celebration possible. The 2022 celebration will feature four main events: Reeds Lake Trail Blazer 5k Run/Walk, parade, activities at John Collins Park and fireworks over Reeds Lake.

  • 8:30 a.m. Reeds Lake Trail Blazer 5k Run/Walk
  • Noon  Parade
  • 1-3:30 p.m. Kids inflatables, food trucks and water ski show by Grand City Skiers
  • 8 p.m.-Dusk Concert: Full Cord
  • Dusk  Fireworks over Reeds Lake

Reeds Lake Trail Blazer 5K Run/Walk

Begin your festivities by participating in the 12th annual Reeds Lake Trail Blazer 5K Run/Walk. All proceeds will benefit the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation, which has been instrumental in maintaining and improving the Reeds Lake trail system.

The race begins at 8:30 am at the Community Center. Early packet pickup will occur on Thursday, June 30 and Sunday, July 3 from 5-7 p.m. at the EGR Community Center parking lot. Race-day packet pickup is on Monday, July 4 from 6:45-8 a.m. There's still time to sign up to run, walk or volunteer.


The parade will begin at 12:00 noon at the intersection of Sherman Street and Wealthy Street and continue east on Wealthy Street, turning left on Lakeside Drive and ending at Reeds Lake Boulevard. Check out the complete route mapFor the community’s safety, it is critical spectators remain off the road. 

Parking will be prohibited along the parade route on Lakeside Dr. SE all day and on Wealthy St. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Please comply with any temporary "No Parking" signs to allow the city to keep the road wide enough for the parade to pass through.

Fireworks Show

Watch the fireworks over Reeds Lake by joining us at John Collins Park, the high school track practice field or the middle school field. Fireworks will begin at "dusk."

Want to support the fireworks show? You can make your gift by calling our Parks and Recreation Department at 616.949.1750 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Private Consumer Fireworks
Michigan law allows individual consumers to set off fireworks 11 a.m.-11:45 p.m. June 29-July 4. They are prohibited on public, church, school or private property without express permission from the property owner or a permit from the City. Our area is also pretty dry, so please use appropriate safety measures to avoid grass fires.

If you choose to celebrate the Fourth of July by setting off fireworks, please be courteous to your neighbors. Learn more by reading our fireworks safety tips

Boat Launch Reminder

The boat launch will be closed from 8:15-9:30 a.m.,11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 8 p.m.-11 p.m. on July 4.

More details at Contact Parks & Recreation at 616.949.1750 with any questions.  


The Trail Blazer, parade, vendors and fireworks setup will necessitate road closures and parking restrictions in EGR throughout July 4. Residents and community members can prepare by reviewing the Trail Blazer course map, parade course map and fireworks zone. Parking on Lakeside Dr. (in front of John Collins Park) will be restricted all day. 

A portion of Reeds Lake Blvd between Lakeside Drive and the intersection with Reeds Lake Blvd north arm will be closed from 9:30 pm until after the fireworks are concluded and the area secured.


Alcohol and fireworks (including sparklers) are prohibited on EGR public parks and school properties. Please note that dogs must be held on a leash not exceeding six feet in length and controlled by their owner at all times. Owners are also responsible for cleaning up after their own pets. 

Visit to view all our park rules and regulations.  


Please note City Hall will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The City Commission will meet on Tuesday, July 5 at 6 p.m. 


The KDL EGR branch will be closed on Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4. Please note the KDL is closed on Sundays throughout the summer. Visit for more information. 

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