by Jill P

Happy 4th of July Weekend! We’re looking forward to all of the family fun in store for this week.

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Two of our favorite things about the 4th of July are parades and fireworks. Check out our HUGE Guide to SW Michigan Parades, Fireworks, and FAMILY FUN! You will find great parades and firework displays all over SW Michigan.

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WEEKEND PICKS

More weekend fun ideas include:

  • Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival on June 29- July 4. This weekend will be packed with tons of action at this family-friendly festival. We have so many reasons to love this event. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find: Five-hour Air Show featuring the US Air Force Thunderbirds, balloon launches, entertainment on the Center Stage, Skerbeck Family Carnival, two great fireworks displays, two balloon night illumes and a Twilight Air Show, and more. You’ll want to see the full daily schedule of activities here. Pricing for parking and admission varies by day.

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(photo courtesy of Tara Fletcher Photography)

  • Kalamazoo Growlers Baseball. This weekend is a big weekend for Kalamazoo Growlers baseball. Saturday, July 2 (7:05 pm) will feature RED, WHITE AND BOOM Night and ZOO!perstars. Post-game fireworks and Tishhouse Electric’s Wham City Lights show and the national Anthem sung by American Idol’s Matt Giraud. Sunday, July 3 is Archeology Night (game at 3:05 pm) an in-game scavenger hunt for “fossils” for all children 12 & under. Monday, July 4 (7:05 pm) is the 4th of July presented by WWMT News Channel 3. You’ll find the largest 4th of July fireworks show in Kalamazoo, Uncle Porter jerseys and post-game silent auction, and more. Click here for single game ticket information.

RELATED: Kalamazoo Area Summer Camp Guide

  • Mud Fest on July 2 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Leila Arboretum Children’s Garden. Feel mud squish between your toes, make mud pies, and celebrate International Mud Day (June 29th) on Saturday. Dress to get dirty and plan to rinse off in their sprinklers. $2 Donation/person requested.

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(photo courtesy of Historic Charlton Park) 

  • 34th Annual 4th of July at Historic Charlton Park in Hastings from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm. Flag raising and remembrance begin before the Bar-B-Que. Games begin at 1:00 pm on the village green. Everyone is encouraged to bring a home-made pie to be judged by our expert panel. Pies will be auctioned off to help keep this event FREE to the public. Admission is FREE.

 

Related: Awesome Guide to Kalamazoo Summer Fun 

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EVENT CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEKEND

See our full Event Calendar for great family activities and fun!

Friday July 1, 2016

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMBattle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival
12:00 AMBrain Buster Fridays
12:00 AMBrain Buster Fridays
12:00 AMGuys & Dolls •
12:00 AMKids Camp at Alamo Drafthouse
12:00 AMLEGO® Travel Adventure
12:00 AMRegistration for Summer Reading Begins at Comstock Library
8:00 AMPlainwell Farmers' Market
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
10:00 AMBounceland Open Jump
10:00 AMSummer Dollar Movies at the Kalamazoo 10
10:00 AMToddler Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:30 AMFamily Storytime
10:30 AMKIDSWALK
11:00 AMVampires of the Great Lakes
11:30 AMLunchtime Live!
2:00 PMScience Fridays with Miss Abby
2:30 PMVicksburg Farmers’ Market
3:00 PMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
5:00 PMHook, Line & Sinker Kids Fishing
8:00 PMJumpapalooza

Saturday July 2, 2016

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMBattle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival
12:00 AMGuys & Dolls •
12:00 AMKids Camp at Alamo Drafthouse
12:00 AMLEGO® Travel Adventure
7:00 AMKalamazoo Farmers' Market
8:00 AMOtsego City Farmers’ Market
8:00 AMSouth Haven Farmers Market
8:00 AMTexas Township Farmers’ Market
9:00 AMBattle Creek Farmers’ Market
9:00 AMHook, Line & Sinker Kids Fishing
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
9:00 AMSaugatuck Farmers’ Market
10:00 AM58th Annual Art Fair
10:00 AMBounceland Open Jump
10:00 AMGarage / Craft Sale
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:00 AMSaturday Chore Time
10:30 AMLEGO at the Library
11:00 AMCreature Feature: Salamander
11:00 AMMud Fest

Sunday July 3, 2016

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMBattle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival
12:00 AMGuys & Dolls •
12:00 AMKids Camp at Alamo Drafthouse
12:00 AMLEGO® Travel Adventure
8:00 AMTexas Township Farmers’ Market
10:00 AM58th Annual Art Fair
11:00 AMBounceland Open Jump
12:00 PMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
12:00 PMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
12:00 PMPortage Farmers' Market
2:00 PMBeetles, Bugs, and Butterflies

Always remember to check our Events Calendar at KZOOkids.com. What fun things will you be doing this weekend?

 

 

 

 

 

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About the Author:

Jill is a mom of a busy 9 year old son. When not working the KZOOkids.com website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.