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Ferrysburg, Grand Haven host Fourth of July festivities

Becky Vargo • Jul 5, 2016 at 8:00 AM

FERRYSBURG — Ottawa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Kik says he loves the small town flavor of the Ferrysburg Fourth of July Parade.

“I’ve never seen so many people dressed in red, white and blue,” he said.

Hundreds of residents and vacationers walked and pedaled their way to the center of the small community for the half-hour parade that included fire trucks, antique cars, motorcycles, kids on bicycles, politicians, musicians and floats.

H. Ryan Brown, a 10-year Navy and 12-year Coast Guard veteran was the parade marshal.

Children filled bags with candy, and then wandered with their parents down to William Ferry Park for a community picnic, entertainment and games.

The Fabulous Fourth started with the Mayor’s Breakfast at Ferrysburg City Hall. This was also the staging area for the beginning of the parade.

Hundreds of people lined up in the gymnasium of the former Ferrysburg Elementary School for a plateful of pancakes, sausage or bacon and mixed fruit.

The breakfast was free, but donations were accepted for the Love INC food pantry.

Kik guessed there was a least a couple thousand people lined up on Pine Street to watch the parade.

After filling up on hot dogs and popcorn at the picnic, families dispersed back to their homes and cottages to enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend.

Thousands of people also descended on downtown Grand Haven for the annual fireworks extravaganza blasted off the base of Dewey Hill on the north side of the Grand Haven channel.

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