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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Recruits Two New Cast Members; Production Delay Confirmed

Looks like 'Star Wars: Episode 7' isn't quite done with casting just yet. Disney has just announced that two new faces will join the cast of J.J. Abrams' upcoming film following a major casting call, and that production will take a brief hiatus in August due to Harrison Ford's injury, giving the newbies plenty of time to get acquainted with their fellow cast members.

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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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Amway Family Fireworks Tonight!

Last night, I am sure you couldn't fall asleep to the booms and bangs of the fireworks all around your area.

Well, the excitement continues tonight at Ah-Nab-Awen park!

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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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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 opened The Final Four on Wednesday night , rocking out at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. (Photo: Mike Nedwick/98.7 WFGR)
Motley Crue opened The Final Four on Wednesday night , rocking out at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. (Photo: Mike Nedwick/98.7 WFGR)
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Motley Crue Debuts ‘All Bad Things’ in Grand Rapids Performance [Video]

By Matthew Wilkening | Ultimate Classic Rock

Mötley Crüe premiered a new song titled "All Bad Things" on Wednesday night during the opening show of its farewell run The Final Tour in Grand Rapids.

Obviously, the recording of the song played at Van Andel Arena isn’t a band-endorsed, audiophile-quality recording. However, even in such rough form there’s enough to make us very curious to hear the studio version of this track.

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Motley Crue Drummer Tommy Lee’s Solos History: 30 Years of Insane Stunts [Video]

Nobody in rock history has done more to expand the concept of what a drum solo can look and sound like than Motley Crue's Tommy Lee. Here's video proof.

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‘Sex Tape’ Clip: Cameron Diaz Gets Kinky on Rollerskates [Video]

It's hard to keep things fresh in your relationship after 10 years of marriage and two kids -- which is why Cameron Diaz straps on a pair of rollerskates (and very little else) in the first clip from 'Sex Tape,' in an effort to try and seduce her husband while the kids are away for the night.

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