20+ Fantastic Family Activities for 4th of July Weekend + Where to See Kalamazoo Fireworks – 2020

Fourth of July Looks Different this Year

In a typical year, local towns would be in the final stages of Independence Day preparation now. Parade routes would be confirmed, fireworks delivered, and barbecue propane tanks restocked. But as we all know, 2020 is anything but typical.

Given the realities of 2020 – we’re in the midst of a pandemic and our nation is grappling with racial inequities – some families may choose to celebrate the 4th at home or not celebrate at all. However you choose to spend your time, we wish you safety and health over the long holiday weekend.

Making Family Plans for the Long Weekend

Whether you are celebrating the holiday or just looking forward to some family time during the long weekend, we compiled over 20 activities for the first weekend of July.

Many local attractions have reopened their doors and our amazing Michigan summer weather is ramping up with some beautiful days ahead for warm-weather fun.

And for those still searching for fireworks, we have you covered: there are still a few spots hosting traditional Independence Day fare.

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KALAMAZOO AREA FIREWORKS

While many fireworks and parades were canceled this year due to COVID, some locations are still forging ahead with holiday events. Here’s where you can watch fireworks locally:

July 3, 2020

Kalamazoo Speedway– Update: RACE CANCELED
7656 Ravine Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
269-692-2423

Event Intel: The Kalamazoo Speedway will have fireworks following the 7:30 PM season opener. Gates open at 3:30 PM.


July 4, 2020

Springfield Fireworks Event – Captain Oscar Brady American Legion – Michigan Post 298
228 N 20 St, Springfield, MI 49015

Event Intel: Captain Oscar Brady American Legion Post 298 is having its 4th Annual 4th of July Community Event. Kids bean bag toss & water balloon games and adult corn hole games. Music in pavilion;  kids 12 & under receive 1 hot dog, a bag of chips, and a drink. Food will be for sale from the JB Whiskey Old Style Grill Food Cart on site. Fireworks begin at dusk.


Village of Constantine Fibre Converters Park (Constantine Little League)
128 Meadow Ln,  Constantine, MI 49042

Event Intel: While the parade is canceled this year, the Village of Constantine is still hosting fireworks at dark on  July 4, from Fibre Converters Park.


July 5, 2020

Kalamazoo Speedway– Update: RACE CANCELED
7656 Ravine Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
269-692-2423

Fireworks Intel: The Kalamazoo Speedway will have fireworks following the 6:00 PM race. Gates open at 1:00 PM.


FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Area attractions are reopening their doors, offering a wide variety of family fun during the Fourth of July weekend. Here are 20+ suggestions for spending time with loved ones during the holiday weekend:

Go Play Outside

Splash your toes on the watery bridge at Bishop’s Bog or other fun hiking spots.

Challenge each other to a game of HORSE at a local park’s basketball court.

Beat the heat at River Oaks’ splash pad in Galesburg.

Splash Pad

Pack the sunscreen and hit the beach.

Go camping.

Tour a Michigan lake or river in a kayak or canoe.

Explore Local Cuisine

Cool off with some Brownie Batter ice cream from Rollup Ice Cream or try another favorite shop.

Pick up some pastries and fresh flowers a local Farmers Market.

Go Load a Spud at this new restaurant on campus.

Go fruit picking (many farms also offer amazing, already-picked produce, if picking isn’t your thing).

Put that summer fruit to good use with a red, white and blue cake.

Grab a Monster Milkshake from Cherri’s Chocol’art.

Cherri's Chocol'art Milkshake

Visit Animals

Feed the giraffes and visit Raj the snow leopard at Binder Park Zoo.

Kids Feed giraffe at Binder Park Zoo

See how many life-sized brick animals you can find at John Ball Zoo (hint: there are forty!).

Visit the waterfowl and rescued owls at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary.

Meet the Jaali, the baby rhino at Potter Park Zoo.

Take a safari ride at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park.

Alligator fan? Try a Twilight Tour at Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary and visit them at night.

Other Attractions to Try

Ride the bumper boats at Craig’s Cruisers in Grand Rapids.

Play ball! The Kalamazoo Growlers have games on both July 3 and July 4.

Play mini-golf at Airway Fun Center in Portage.

Go to a drive-in and catch a movie under the stars.

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