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Amway Family Fireworks 2015
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Watch the 2015 Amway Family Fireworks Show Right Here [Video]

In case you didn't make it out to downtown on Saturday, July 4th, we caught the fireworks show for you! A lot of people continue to shoot off their fireworks, but this show was HUGE!

Turn up your computer really loud, sit back with a beer, and enjoy all the fireworks exploding over the Grand River from Saturday night's show.

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Missed Hanging Out Downtown for the 4th of July – Here’s Some Highlights [Video]

Saturday night downtown was a fun night of celebration for our Independence Day in Grand Rapids! We have lots of bands playing, a bunch of great food and drink, and of course, a HUGE fireworks display off a bridge across the Grand River!

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#GRFireworks: Amway Family Fireworks Rocks Live via Twitter, Instagram on ‘GRD!

The Amway Family Fireworks today at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids is more than just the rockets' red glare celebrating the Independence Day holiday weekend.

It's music, food, and fun, in downtown GR, from mid-afternoon to past dusk and which 97.9 WGRD's Janna, Johnnie Walker and Metalhead Ned will all be on hand for the festivities.

Share what you're doing and seeing via Twitter or Instagram, posting those tweets and pics using the hashtag #GRFireworks, and see it all posted below.

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Photo Courtesy of Amway
Photo Courtesy of Amway
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Six Tips For Taking Awesome Pictures of Fireworks on Your Phone

Every year I end up with around 20 or so blurry, crappy pictures from the Fourth of July fireworks. Fireworks are so spectacular I just want to capture each burst and sparkle on my camera roll! But, it never works out.

Well this year it's going to be different! I'm planning to get some great shots at the Amway Family Fireworks at Ah Nab Awen Park this Saturday, with these six tips on how to get awesome firework photos, shared by a professional photographer with Time Magazine

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Courtesy Amway
Courtesy Amway
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Amway Family Fireworks Primer

The Amway Family Fireworks are Saturday at Ah-Nab-Awen Park next to Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and the Grand Rapids Public Museum along the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids.

Activities, including music, entertainment, food, family-friendly fun and more, run from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m., with the fireworks going off at 10:30 p.m.

Here's a primer to help you attend and enjoy the Fourth of July event, with the title sponsor being Ada-based Amway. See you there.

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Ready for Ted 2
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GRD And Winners Had Fun Watching Ted 2 and Eating Free Food!

On Monday night, Ned and I joined some cool winners at Buffalo Wing Wings for some free food, hung out, had some amazing wings, and gave away some free stuff at the GRD Bromance! Everyone even got free bottles of sauce from Buffalo Wild Wings before we left, which is freaking awesome!

We were all really excited to head over the Celebration Cinema North, to see Ted 2! Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane are back with another ridiculous comedy about the teddy bear with a soul.

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Neon Vibe 5k
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Neon Vibe 5k Was Fun and Glowy on Saturday Night [Video]

Whether you run or not, you'd have had some fun at the Neon Vibe 5k at Fifth Third Ballpark with WGRD on Saturday night! If you're a runner, it's a great 5k to do, since it's not just waiting around early in the morning to run. There's fun stuff going on beforehand, including Zumba, free stuff, and if you're a guy...a lot of hot ladies in running gear!

I know, I'm pathetic, haha.

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Join GRD at Vitale’s on Saturday Night After the Neon Vibe 5k for Delicious Food [Video]

Saturday night is the Neon Vibe 5k at Fifth Third Ballpark, with glow-in-the-dark paint, glowsticks, and an after party! What could be better than an after party, right? We'll all head to Vitale's Sports Bar in Comstock Park for some great food, drinks, music, and more glow-in-the-dark fun.

Today, Vitale's stopped by with some of their new menu items, including some amazing pasta. Pasta is a weakness of mine, I love it. Their Linguine Fruiti De Mare has clams, mussels, and shrimp in a spicy white wine marinara, and is fantastic!

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It’s Coming to Grand Rapids August 15 & 16!

The 97.9 WGRD staff has been bouncing off the walls with excitement over the craziness that is coming to Grand Rapids. Now, we are thrilled to invite you to come bounce with us at the Insane Inflatable 5K!

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Photo Courtesy of Amway
Photo Courtesy of Amway
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Amway Family Fireworks Return to Downtown Grand Rapids July 4th

The Amway Family Fireworks will light up the Grand Rapids skies on July 4 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids in celebration of Independence Day.

The 2015 event marks the fifth year of Amway’s title sponsorship of the annual fireworks display.

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Flashback Friday – Johnnie’s Past Memorial Day Weekends of Rock

It's Memorial Day Weekend, when we remember those who have served our country, and those that have given their lives for us. We usually have a lot of things planned for the family, fun things to celebrate our freedoms.

Back in El Paso, they're having the annual KLAQ Balloonfest, with some big bands playing, including Volbeat and Anthrax this weekend. This is only the second Memorial Day Weekend I haven't worked this event in decades!

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Downtown Grand Rapids Courtyard by Marriott
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Medical & Pharmaceutical Industry Night Is On Menu Thursday at The Bistro [Sponsored]

The Bistro at the Downtown Grand Rapids Courtyard by Marriott is celebrating medical and pharmaceutical professionals with a special Medical & Pharmaceutical Industry Night this Thursday.

Socialize with other medical and pharmaceutical professionals from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT Thursday (March 26) at The Bistro, 11 Monroe Avenue NW in Grand Rapids.

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