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!

MA-Ferris Wheel

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

 

Friday June 30, 2017

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMBuddy: The Buddy Holly Story
12:00 AMField of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival
12:00 AMVBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch Summer Reading
12:00 AMWolf Lake Hatchery Tours
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
10:00 AMBounceland Open Jump
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:00 AMPlainwell's Farmers' Market
10:00 AMToddler Time at SkyZone
10:00 AMVisit the Farmyard
10:30 AMFamily Storytime
10:30 AMPlay and Learn
10:30 AMPopsicles & Pages!
11:30 AMLunchtime Live!
1:00 PMCity Summer by Urban Folk Art Exploratory
1:00 PMCreate! (Grades 2-5)
2:00 PMCity Summer by Urban Folk Art Exploratory
5:00 PMHook, Line and Sinker Kid's Fishing
6:30 PMTeen Night
7:30 PMFriday Night Concert Series

Saturday July 1, 2017

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMBuddy: The Buddy Holly Story
12:00 AMField of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival
12:00 AMIndependence Day Celebration
12:00 AMVBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch Summer Reading
12:00 AMWolf Lake Hatchery Tours
7:00 AMKalamazoo Farmers Market
8:00 AMOtsego City Farmers Market
8:00 AMTexas Township Farmers Market
9:00 AMAlamo Farmers & Crafters’ Market
9:00 AMBattle Creek Farmers Market
9:00 AMFitness in the Parks
9:00 AMHome Depot Workshop: Bug House
9:00 AMHook, Line and Sinker Kid's Fishing
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
9:00 AMPlainwell's Farmers' Market
9:00 AMSt. Joe Farmers Market
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:00 AMVisit the Farmyard
10:30 AMLEGO at the Library
11:00 AMBarnyard Story Corner
11:00 AMBe Quiet! Storytime
11:00 AMMud Fest
2:00 PMFirst Saturday @ KPL

Sunday July 2, 2017

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMBuddy: The Buddy Holly Story
12:00 AMField of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival
12:00 AMIndependence Day Celebration
12:00 AMWolf Lake Hatchery Tours
9:00 AMPancakes & Pins
9:00 AMPaw Paw Farmer's Market
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:00 AMPortage Market
12:00 PMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
2:00 PMDiscover the Beech Maple Trail

Need more ideas for family fun? 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.