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Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent: June 30-July 2: 4th of JULY EDITION

 

by Jill P

 

Happy 4th of July weekend! With the 4th of July being so close (on Tuesday), we thought we’d start planning for Independence Day a little early.

You’ll want to check out our full listing of parades, firework displays and family fun in the area. Check out the list and make your plans for family fun.

We are the headquarters for family fun in SW Michigan. See our “More Summer Fun” section for more ideas for summer fun.

 

WEEKEND FAMILY FUN

The W.K. Kellogg Airport will come alive with the excitement of the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival, June 29-July 4, 2017. The schedule is full of family fun, so you won’t want to miss a day.

Battle Creek Field of Flight Kids Day is June 30! For just $5 parking per car load and FREE gate admission, you can enjoy a night of family fun. All vendors, event grounds & parking will be open at 3:00 pm on June 30th. In addition, Skerbeck Carnival will also open at 3:00 pm. Ride tickets must be purchased separately.


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4TH OF JULY FUN

See our full guide to 4th of July Parades and Fireworks here.

Historic Charlton Park

35th Annual 4th of July and Veterans Bar-B-Que is 7/4/17 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This is a free event! All are invited to bring a homemade pie to be judged by a panel of experts. Pies will be auctioned off to help keep this event free to the public!

A Flag Raising Ceremony and Remembrance will be before the Bar-B-Que.

12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Complete Pork and Chicken Bar-B-Que Buffet, the cost for the fundraising Bar-B-Que is TBD.

1 p.m.: Games will begin on the Village Green.

 

Dorr Annual 4th of July Festival

7/2/17 – 7/4/17 – 3 days of family-oriented fun!

There will be carnival rides and food vendors all three days, plus many other fun things to do! See event website for a complete listing of all that will be available.

photo courtesy of Tara Fletcher Photography

The 59th Annual South Haven Art Fair

Attend the South Haven Art Fair on Saturday and Sunday, July 1st & 2nd.  This is the longest running event in the region featuring 120 artists, Michigan food, The Casco Band and over 40,000 attendees.

 

 

MORE SUMMER FUN

Check out our recent articles to make the most of your weekend time together.

Need ideas for family fun? We’ve got you covered! Our 101 Ideas For Summer Fun For Kalamazoo Familes will mean that your kiddos never say, “I’m bored”.

Free is good! 50 FREE Things To Do Around With Kids Around Kalamazoo This Summer.

Make sure you attend one of these great Summer Festivals and Fair Around Kalamazoo & SW Michigan This Summer


We love the reading programs at our local libraries. See our Summer Reading Programs That Will Have Your Kids Happily Hitting The Books.

Summer berry picking is one of our favorite family activities. See our 2017 Ultimate Summer Fruit U-Pick Guide: Berry Picking and More for where you find a u-pick farm around SW Michigan.

FREE Outdoor Summer Concerts Around Kalamazoo & SW Michigan are tons of fun for the family. Grab a picnic basket and go!

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Planning a trip to Michigan’s Adventure this summer? We have tips for your family fun trip this summer in our Michigan’s Adventure: Family Fun Park Worth The Drive.

Best Places for Biking-Pinterest

Break out those bikes and go on a family bike ride. See our Best Trails for Bike Riding With Kids Around Kalamazoo.

 

Sleeping Bear Dunes

We love Traverse City! Each summer we make the trip north for great family fun. See our Traverse City with Kids: Tips For Your Next Family Adventure.

Have you signed your kids up for summer camp yet? Now is the time to do it! Top camps are filling up quickly. See our 2017 Summer Camp Guide for great summer camps happening around our area.

 

EVENT CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEKEND

 

June 30, 2017

Date/Time Event
Fri 06/30/2017
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
Barn Theatre, Augusta, MI
Fri 06/30/2017
Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival
W.K. Kellogg Airport, Battle Creek, MI
Fri 06/30/2017
VBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch Summer Reading
VBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch, Mattawan, MI
Fri 06/30/2017
Wolf Lake Hatchery Tours
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Fri 06/30/2017
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Fri 06/30/2017
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 06/30/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Fri 06/30/2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Plainwell's Farmers' Market
Plainwell Farmers’ Market, Plainwell, Michigan
Fri 06/30/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Toddler Time at SkyZone
Skyzone Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Fri 06/30/2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visit the Farmyard
DeLano Homestead, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 06/30/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Family Storytime
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 06/30/2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Play and Learn
Kalamazoo Library- Powell Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 06/30/2017
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Popsicles & Pages!
Parchment Community Library, Parchment, MI
Fri 06/30/2017
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Lunchtime Live!
Bronson Park, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 06/30/2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
City Summer by Urban Folk Art Exploratory
Kalamazoo Library- Powell Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 06/30/2017
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Create! (Grades 2-5)
Portage District Library, Portage, MI
Fri 06/30/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
City Summer by Urban Folk Art Exploratory
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 06/30/2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hook, Line and Sinker Kid's Fishing
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Fri 06/30/2017
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Teen Night
Galesburg Charleston Memorial District Library, Galesburg, Mi
Fri 06/30/2017
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday Night Concert Series
Downtown St. Joe, St. Joseph, MI

July 1, 2017

Date/Time Event
Sat 07/01/2017
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
Barn Theatre, Augusta, MI
Sat 07/01/2017
Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival
W.K. Kellogg Airport, Battle Creek, MI
Sat 07/01/2017
Independence Day Celebration
Downtown South Haven, South Haven, MI
Sat 07/01/2017
VBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch Summer Reading
VBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch, Mattawan, MI
Sat 07/01/2017
Wolf Lake Hatchery Tours
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Sat 07/01/2017
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Kalamazoo Farmers Market
Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 07/01/2017
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Otsego City Farmers Market
Otsego City Farmers’ Market,, Otsego , MI
Sat 07/01/2017
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Texas Township Farmers Market
Texas Township Farmers’ Market, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 07/01/2017
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Alamo Farmers & Crafters’ Market
Alamo Farmers & Crafters’ Market, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 07/01/2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Battle Creek Farmers Market
Battle Creek Farmers Market, Battle Creek, MI
Sat 07/01/2017
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Fitness in the Parks
Upjohn Park, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 07/01/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Home Depot Workshop: Bug House
Home Depot Locations, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 07/01/2017
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Hook, Line and Sinker Kid's Fishing
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Sat 07/01/2017
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sat 07/01/2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Plainwell's Farmers' Market
Plainwell Farmers’ Market, Plainwell, Michigan
Sat 07/01/2017 - Sun 07/02/2017
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
St. Joe Farmers Market
Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph, Michigan
Sat 07/01/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sat 07/01/2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visit the Farmyard
DeLano Homestead, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 07/01/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
LEGO at the Library
Kalamazoo Library -Oshtemo Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 07/01/2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Barnyard Story Corner
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 07/01/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Be Quiet! Storytime
Barnes and Noble, Portage, MI
Sat 07/01/2017
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mud Fest
Leila Arboretum, Battle Creek, MI
Sat 07/01/2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
First Saturday @ KPL
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI

July 2, 2017

Date/Time Event
Sun 07/02/2017
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
Barn Theatre, Augusta, MI
Sun 07/02/2017
Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival
W.K. Kellogg Airport, Battle Creek, MI
Sun 07/02/2017
Independence Day Celebration
Downtown South Haven, South Haven, MI
Sun 07/02/2017
Wolf Lake Hatchery Tours
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Mattawan, Michigan
Sun 07/02/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pancakes & Pins
Airway Lanes, Portage, MI
Sun 07/02/2017
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Paw Paw Farmer's Market
Downtown Paw Paw, Paw Paw, Mi
Sun 07/02/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sun 07/02/2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Portage Market
Portage Senior Center, Portage, MI
Sun 07/02/2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sun 07/02/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Discover the Beech Maple Trail
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI

Need more ideas for family fun? Remember to check our Events Calendar at KZOOkids.com. What fun things will you be doing this weekend?

 

 

 

 

Jill P

Jill is a mom of a busy 8 year old son. KZOOkids.com was started in 2013 to showcase all of the great things to do in and around Kalamazoo. When not working the KZOOkids.com website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.

 

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