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Goodnight, Thursday
Well, hello holiday weekend! We are so happy to see you!

I have a July 3rd baby in my house (we joke that he came when he did because he didn't want to share a birthday with America) and it's always fun to have a bonus day off from work to celebrate together.

Whether you're sticking around Grand Rapids, heading "up north," or off on family vacation--we hope you use your long, holiday weekend to have some fun as a family.

The Newsletter Team is taking a break from your inboxes next week in the name of bonus time with our people too. Don't worry--I have tons of ideas below to keep you busy through next week...and beyond!

Happy 4th of July! Find your local parade and fireworks right here!

Weekend Basics [July 2-4]
Weather: The forecast for the long weekend looks simply divine! Temperatures start warm on Friday with a high of 78 degrees--and just keep warming up through Monday (highs in the high 80s Sunday and Monday). Pack the sunscreen and sunglasses 😎
What's Up This Weekend: Red, white, and blue--what will your family do? We've got some patriotic plans for you to try this weekend--
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Cool Off:
If you need to the beat the heat, you can catch a movie at the Regent Theatre for FREE. Next week they'll be playing The Secret Life of Pets 2. Shows start at 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM.
They Paved Paradise: If you're never sure where they ended up putting that parking lot, you're going to want to check out this article all about parking, buses, and scooters downtown Grand Rapids. Brush up on what's new before you head downtown for fireworks or an adventure!

Ahoy! Summer Fun Ahead:
Set sail on a pirate chase this week! Yes, you can embark on an epic journey with the Michigan Maritime Museum on their Pirate Chaser Sail. The young recruits (your kids) are briefed on how to spot and capture the pirates--and then share in the loot captured! The boat ride is 90 minutes and participants must be over 4 years old. Registration required. Cost is $37/person.
Shake, Tumble, and Roll: Brush up on those tumbling skills this summer. Grand Rapids Gymnastics is hosting a tumbling clinic on July 13 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. Enjoy three hours of top-notch coaching on all those tumbling skills--from cartwheels to front tucks! Cost is $50. Boys and girls, ages 7-16 welcome. Registration is required.

I Spy Tie-Dye:
Grab your crafty kiddos and a white shirt and head to Zeeland on Wednesday morning. You supply the white item (pillowcase, shirt, hat, or bag) and Howard Miller Public Library will provide everything else you need for totally groovy tie-dye creations. Look for them in Lawrence Street Park from 10:00 - 11:00 AM. The event is FREE.
Summer Street Party: It's hoppin' in Hudsonville with the Happenings on Harvey. You can find live music, dessert vendors, kids activities, interactive entertainment, local businesses, and unique themes. Thursday, July 8, is Superhero and Princess Night from 6:00 - 8:00 PM on Harvey Street in Hudsonville. The event is recurring weekly through July and FREE.
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Looking at our summer calendars, I just wanted a "normal" summer. I didn't need big plans--I needed beach days and date nights on patios. We settled on one trip to a family cabin in the U.P. with plans to meet our friends from Wisconsin there--it's the northern halfway point between our two houses--so fun!

Michigan provides so many awesome places to visit with your family--and summer is a great time to check some of them out! See which 14 places made our list of summer vacation spots you need to explore.
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