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Summer Craft Beer Fest Isn’t Only Beers – Check Out These Ciders We’ll Get to Sample!

The Summer Craft Beer Festival is coming up next weekend, on July 19th at John Ball Park.  There will be something like 120 different craft brews you can sample, great food, live music...and ciders!

I will admit to being more of a cider guy than a beer guy, so I was really excited to get invited out to Sietsema Ciders this morning, to sample the ciders they will be bringing to the Summer Craft Beer Fest on the 19th!  I jumped in the car with the lovely Lauren from our sister station WFGR and headed out to Ada.

Andy, who's 4th generation apple farmer and hard cider maker, was our guide through their different ciders.

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Don’t Miss This Years GRD & Metro PCS Beach Hit Season!

Don't forget! WGRD and Metro PCS are still out at your favorite Michigan Beaches giving away prizes, registering you for free tickets, and plenty more!

Check out the full schedule!

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Independence Day Weekend Celebration: Amway Family Fireworks

The City of Grand Rapids' Fourth of July got celebrated on the Fifth of July.

And what a festive day it was, part of a two-day celebration for the Independence Day weekend in Grand Rapids.

The Amway Family Fireworks at Ah-Nab-Awen Park on Saturday brought a 20-minute fireworks celebration for the Independence Day weekend to cap a day full of music, entertainment, food, frolic and fun, while embracing and feting family, freedom and community.

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Watch Fifth of July Amway Family Fireworks Show Replay Here! [Video]

In case you didn't make it to downtown Grand Rapids for our 5th of July fireworks show, and didn't see or hear them, then you must have been in another state, since the show was huge and amazing!

Thanks to Amway for the amazing fireworks display, honoring all those men and women around the world who serve, and protect America's security and freedoms!

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Amway Family Fireworks’ Fifth of July: Downtown Grand Rapids Lit Up! [Photos]

Downtown Grand Rapids was lit up for the Fifth of July with the Amway Family Fireworks.

A few thousand people came to Ah-Nab-Awen park to enjoy some food, drink, music, entertainment, activities and, of course, the 20-minute fireworks spectacular!

Music from The Rhythm Aces, Vox Vidorra, and Three's a Crowd performed into the evening, as well as some amazing acrobatics and aerial work from the Daredevil Circus Company!

Then, the sky over downtown Grand Rapids lit up with an amazing fireworks show, to honor all those who serve and protect our freedoms and lives!

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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 tunes, grub, fun, hanging, chilling, frolicking and rollicking at the downtown GR festival, which runs from mid-afternoon to past dusk and which 97.9 WGRD's Jackie, Johnnie Walker and Metalhead Ned are all gonna be rocking at.

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 on WGRD because 'GRD rocks right along with ya!

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Courtesy Amway
Courtesy Amway
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Amway Family Fireworks Primer [Sponsored]

The Amway Family Fireworks are today 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 2 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 Fifth of July event, with the title sponsor being Ada-based Amway. See you there.

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Courtesy of Amway
Courtesy of Amway
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Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics Display with Grand Rapids Crew Illuminates Amway Family Fireworks [Video]

The 20-minute Amway Family Fireworks display scheduled to illuminate the downtown Grand Rapids skies on Saturday night is an event months in the making designed by a family business with fourth-generation roots in such efforts.

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Celebrating at Celebration on the Grand

Celebration on the Grand's shift to summer came with a almost fall-like weather on Friday afternoon.

However, it wasn't autumn.

It was the Fourth of July -- Independence Day, with summer in full bloom on a holiday weekend.

The City of Grand Rapids' effort for sustainable special events debuted with excellent weather at Ah-Nab-Awen Park for the 35th annual Celebration on the Grand, which made the grand move from its fall dates.

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Motley Crue Pre Party
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GRD’s Motley Crue Pre-Party Kicked Ass Before the Concert! [Photo/Video]

GRD wanted to have some fun for the Motley Crue Final Tour opening day, so we threw a little party outside the Van Andel Arena, in the BOB parking lot before the show.  We brought in some great bands, hooked everyone up with some alcohol, brought out some cool stuff to look at, and gave away great floor seats to the show!

Thanks to the great bands that played in the parking lot for everyone, Potatoe Babies, Fled Five, and Deadwood Stone, everyone was all rocked up and ready for the Motley Crue and Alice Cooper show.

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Pre Partying For Motley Crue

I had such a fantastic time at Motley Crue, even if there were some hiccups in the set! Before the show we hosted the official pre party. At the pre party I packed a 6 pack of budlight in my lunch box to get the ball going, my job was to man the table where you could register to win some kick ass prizes!

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Photo Courtesy Amway
Photo Courtesy Amway
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Vox Vidorra Brings Its Indie-Soul Fusion to Amway Family Fireworks on July 5 [Video]

Vox Vidorra, a Grand Rapids group of talented multi-instrumentalists, is performing Saturday at the Amway Family Fireworks celebration.

On July 5 at 7 p.m., Vox Vidorra is in concert at the Amway Family Fireworks at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids.

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