4th of July on the West Michigan Coast


Happy (almost) Fourth of July! Since it is one of our favorite holidays, we have compiled a list for you and your family to tackle the holiday in style – all the way up and down the West Michigan Coast. Read along so you can plan ahead!


Butch’s 3rd of July BBQ

When: July 3rd, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Butch’s Dry Dock

Cost: (A very Patriotic) $17.76 per plate

Chef Ryan of Butch’s Dry Dock will be firing up the grill and serving a special holiday BBQ menu. Each plate includes a choice of mouthwatering BBQ protein, two sides, and a sweet treat to top it all off. Also featured: $4 frozen drinks! This special menu will take place on the deck and pub only, reservations encouraged but not required. Spend your evening at Butch’s, celebrating freedom and good food! 

2019 Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast 

When: July 4th, 2019, 6:00am – 10:00am

Where: Graafschap Fire Department

Cost: $5 for Adults, $2 for kids

Start off your 4th of July celebrations getting served pancakes! Firefighters will be serving pancakes, sausage, milk, coffee, and juice. This is also a great photo op: several firetrucks will be on display, so you can document your future firefighters!

Downtown Holland’s Fourth of July Celebration

When: July 4th, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where:  Downtown Holland – 8th Street

Cost: Free!

Spend your evening on the streets of Downtown Holland and take in over 30 street performers for free! Expect to see a little bit of everything: musicians, jugglers, aerial acrobats, dancers, magicians, and more. A bonus – if you wear red, white, or blue, you can receive 20% off one item at participating businesses, just follow the balloons for big savings! Check here to see which of your favorite Downtown Holland Businesses will be open for the 4th!

Independence Day Celebration Freedom & Fireworks

When: July 4th, 2019, 4:00pm – 11:00pm

Where: Kollen Park

Cost: Free!

Fireworks start at 10:25

A family-friendly event, bring your kids to Kollen Park for games, vendors, live music, and even a live martial arts demonstration. With plenty of food booths to choose from, nestle in at 10:25 for fireworks at dusk over Lake Macatawa, complete with live music accompanying. This event will guarantee to leave you feeling patriotic – and impressed.

Grand Haven:

Grand Haven 4th of July Celebration

When: July 4th, 2019

Where: Downtown Grand Haven

Cost: Free!

Experience 4th of July in one of Michigan’s most-loved beach towns! The 4th of July parade runs from 8:30am – 11:30 am, and then spend the day walking around Downtown Grand Haven and on the Public Beach! Round out the day with a highly patriotic fireworks show, beginning at 10:00pm.

South Haven:

South Haven 4th of July Parade

When: July 4th, 2019, 11:00am -12:30pm

Where: Downtown South Haven, Phoenix Street South Haven

Cost: Free!

Come celebrate the 150th anniversary of the community of South Haven! This year’s parade will be a particularly special event, celebrating the 170th anniversary of this particular parade. You’re not going to want to miss it!

South Haven Light Up the Lake – Fireworks

When: July 3rd, 2019, 10:30pm – 11:15pm

Where: Riverfront Park – at the Southside Marina, Water Street South Haven

Cost: Free!

Take in some of the best fireworks on the coast the night before the holiday even begins! The show begins at dusk, and can be seen from Riverfront Park, as well as North & South Beaches. An added bonus: coordinating music will be available through Cosy 103.7! Tune in and make the most of your night.


Saugatuck-Douglas 4th of July Parade & Fireworks

When: July 4th, 2019, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: Coghlin Park – Culver Street Saugatuck

Cost: Free Admission!

Spend your 4th of July on the Art Coast of Michigan! Activities abound all day: grab a bite at the food trucks and beverage tent from 2:00-3:00pm, take in the parade through downtown Saugatuck, and settle in for the fireworks show, starting at dusk. The Waterfront Festival is a family friendly event, complete with music, food, children’s activities, and more, beginning at noon.


Fireworks On Deck 

When: July 4th, 2019, Dusk

Where: Muskegon Lake

Cost: Free!

Enjoy the fireworks show aboard the USS LST 393 Veteran’s Museum, considered to be the “best seat in the house.” This display over Muskegon Lake is truly unlike any other. This World War II landing ship is located at the Mart Dock in Downtown Muskegon, just yards from where the fireworks will be going off.

St. Joseph/New Buffalo:

Reds, Whites, and Brews 

When: July 4th, 2019, 11:00am – 6:00pm

Where: 10983 Hills Road, Baroda, MI 49101

Cost: $5 admission

Celebrate the 4th of July by sipping on craft cocktails, wine, and cold brews with fun tunes in the background.

Live Music Lineup:

1:00pm – 3:30pm: J R Clark and the All Star Blues Mob

4:00pm – 6:30pm: Risque band

Independence Day Concert:

When: July 3rd, 2019, 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Where: Shadowland Pavilion, Silver Beach County Park

Cost: Free!

Gates open at 5:30 for a night of music, food, drink, and fun! Van Dyke Revue takes the stage at 6, SMSO Concert begins at 9, and round out the evening with fireworks at 10, accompanied by some of our patriotic favorites. Gather around a picnic table or stretch out on a blanket, and take in the best that summertime has to offer.

Cocktails & Charcuterie: Becoming a Hostess with the Mostest

If you’ve never heard of Downtown Holland’s Girlfriends Weekend, allow us to paint you a picture: several hundred women come into Holland for a special three day weekend filled with events just for the ladies.

Local residents and those from out of state can enjoy everything from a bar crawl to a fashion show, as well as shopping deals, in-store classes, and more.

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This year’s Girlfriends Weekend hosted over 500 women, Downtown Holland’s largest group yet! Being an active member of the Holland community – and sitting right downtown on 8th Street – Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty had to play a part in the fun.

We decided to host a Cocktails & Charcuterie class to help women become the hostess with the mostest: sipping some delicious drinks while a chef demonstrated how to prepare a charcuterie board for impromptu entertaining.

Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty hosted over 70 women in our Cocktails & Charcuterie classes on both Friday and Saturday. Serving tasty margaritas, cosmopolitans, and cucumber mint water, the ladies gathered in our office for a presentation by our personal chef, Chef Katie. Katie presented a large display of high-quality bites, easy to prepare for visitors.

ladies eventLadies in attendance left armed with the ‘how to’ in creating a delicious spread of meats, cheese, olives, and more for their next drop-in guest.

Thank you to everyone who attended Cocktails & Charcuterie! We had so much fun munching and sipping alongside you!

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Celebrating Our Anniversary!

On this day one year ago, we affiliated with the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand. Since developing into Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty, your luxury real estate specialists servicing the Lake Michigan and West Michigan markets, we have had a whirlwind year.

From the expansion of our Downtown Holland office to adding new members to our team of experienced agents and participating in global events with Sotheby’s International Realty®, we recognize the remarkable difference in representing a distinctive brand, magnifying our exposure.

In the next year, we are eager to continue to be the leaders in the West Michigan and Lake Michigan real estate markets. In our belief, everyone deserves the extraordinary, because luxury is not about price point; it’s an experience. And when it comes to real estate, experience matters.

Thank you for partnering with us this past year. To many more!


Holidays Near the Lakeshore

It’s that time of year again: trees trimmed, stockings hung, chestnuts roasting… you know the drill. In the midst of shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking, and giving, it’s easy to miss the festivities happening all around you. This year, plan early and don’t let the season pass you by!

Take advantage of these merry and bright holiday events happening around the lakeshore. Have a favorite? See an event we missed? Let us know in the comments!

holidays in hollandDec 1 – Deck the Halls

Holiday Kerstmarkt

Sinterklaas Eve Celebration

Nuncrackers, The Nunsense Christmas Musical

Dec 2 – Pioneer Christmas in a Log Cabin

Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington Square

Nuncrackers, The Nunsense Christmas Musical

Holiday Kerstmarkt

Dec 3 – Nuncrackers, The Nunsense Christmas Musical

Dec 5 – A Marketplace of Local Makers

Dec 7 – Nuncrackers, The Nunsense Christmas Musical

Dec 8 – Holiday Kerstmarkt

Up on the Rooftops

The Promise

Nuncrackers, The Nunsense Christmas Musical

Dec 9 – Downtown Holland Shopping Jam

Homestead Holiday

Holiday Kerstmarkt

Christmas at the Cappon House

Holland Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert

The Promise

Nuncrackers, The Nunsense Christmas Musical

Dec 10 – Christmas at the Cappon House

Dec 15 – The Promise

Dec 16 – Ugly Sweater Run

Birdseed Ornament Making

Christmas at the Cappon House

The Promise

Dec 17 – Christmas at the Cappon House

Dec 18 – Holiday Kids Night @ Pub on 8th

Dec 23 – Sneaky Elves

Dec 30 – Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament


grand haven holidays

Dec 1 – 37th Annual Coopersville Nighttime Christmas Parade

Dec 2 – Winter Market at the Depot

Santa Train

Do December Better

Grand Haven Jingle Bell Parade

Dec 3 – Santa at the Nature Education Center

Dec 5 – Santa House Begins

Dec 7 – Journey to Bethlehem

Dec 8 – Caroling in the Park

Journey to Bethlehem

Dec 9 – Breakfast with Santa

Happy Elves Craft Show

Teddy Bear Tea and Crafts

Winter Market at the Depot

Caroling in the Park

Journey to Bethlehem

Dec 10 – Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Show with Amy Speace

Dec 11 – Spring Lake Village Merchant Holiday Decorating Contest

Dec 15 – West Michigan Symphony Presents: Celtic Christmas

Dec 16 – Winter Market at the Depot

Christmas Fair

Dec 18 – Christmas Celebration with the Boardwalk Brass of Grand Haven

Dec 22 – Winter Dance Party

holiday guide

Dec 2 – Saugatuck’s Whootville Holiday Parade

Visits with Santa, Crafts, and Puppet Show

Annual Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony

Toys for Kids Benefit Show

Holiday Reflections Concert

Dec 3 – Holiday Reflections Concert

Dec 8 – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Dec 9 – Winterfest at Felt Mansion

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Dec 10 – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Dec 15 – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Dec 16 – Wine Tasting at the Felt

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Dec 17 – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

south haven holiday

Dec 2 – Haven Holiday Breakfast with Santa

Dec 3 – Annual Holiday Home Tour

Hallelujah Holidays

Dec 6 – Foundry Hall Song Swap

Dec 8 – A Christmas Carol

Christmas at the Flywheelers

Dec 9 – 6th Annual 5K Santa Run

12 Corners Winery: Wine with Santa

Greens Workshop

Dec 16 – Community Christmas Concert

Christmas @ the Keeper’s House

Foundry Hall Presents: A Community Christmas Concert

Dec 19 – Mix & Mingle Holiday Party

South Haven Performance Series: South Bend Chamber Singers



Classic Kitchens

Fresh ingredients, artfully crafted recipes, and memorable moments with family and friends come together inside of culinary experiences – all of which find their start in the kitchen. From New York to New Zealand, create an unforgettable meal in these classic kitchens.

new york kitchen

$9,850,000 USD | Millbrook, New York | Heather Croner Real Estate Sotheby’s International Realty

Meticulous planning by noted architect Paul Gleicher has repurposed these beautiful early agricultural barns as the centerpiece of this 40-acre gentlemen’s farm, formerly owned by the late music composer Marvin Hamlisch. Arranged around a large courtyard together with the newly renovated farmhouse of the same period, this beautiful property is privately situated and surrounded by meadows and woods in the midst of Millbrook’s glorious countryside. The compilation of restored buildings, circa 1839, offers an opportunity to enjoy 12,000 square-feet of luxurious modern living against a backdrop of history. Each barn, with exposed beams, wide board floors, and oak paneling, is uniquely appointed for separate use and includes beautifully laid out executive office space, billiard lounge, artist’s studio, gourmet kitchen, and media room.

California kitchen$40,000,000 USD | Montecito, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokerage

Nestled in the hills of Montecito, this more than eight-acre property features quintessential Californian indoor/outdoor comfort along with luxurious Balinese and Asian-influenced design. Torii gates invite you across an expansive koi pond to the front entry where, through a glass wall the heart of this remarkable residence, the Great Room is seen. The interior wall finish, replicated from the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, was achieved through a meticulous, hand-crafted process involving six layers of sand and plaster.

expansive kitchens$5,750,000 USD | Bethesda, Maryland | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

This sensational home was built in 1913 and renovated by Gibson Builders in 2013 with interior design by award winning Mary Drysdale. The residence, unparalleled in design, features an incredible grand salon, gorgeous master bedroom suite with his and her baths, and gourmet kitchen.

kitchen design$7,388,000  CAD | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Combining clean contemporary lines with timeless traditional details, this home’s interior design by Brian Gluckstein is remarkably elegant yet casual and inviting. Blending both worlds seamlessly, the formal living and dining rooms are finished with wallpaper and wainscoting. The coffered ceiling with crown molding has recess pot lighting; 10-foot ceilings and eight-foot solid core doors add grandeur.

new zealand kitchenPrice Upon Request | Wanaka, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Constructed from hand placed hardwood pillars and featuring schist detailing throughout, this spacious lakefront mansion is timeless in both design and function. A stunning entrance draws you in, where you are welcomed by the tranquil sound of water. High ceilings and a grand staircase lead you to the upper level, where the master bedroom and en-suite, a two-bedroom apartment, library, bar and entertainment wing await.

real estate holland$3,495,000 | Holland, Michigan | Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty

One of the many inspired details in this distinctive Lake Macatawa residence includes the incomparable kitchen. Boasting Wolf and Sub Zero appliances, there is ample storage space as well as generously sized island with barstool seating. A butler pantry compliments nearby, ideal for mixing an evening cocktail while taking in your private lakeshore views and the rest of the captivating home.

4th of July Fireworks in West Michigan

This year, do it big. From Saturday to Tuesday, celebrate with a remarkable firework display, in your community or somewhere new! Don’t forget the lawn chair or blanket and make 2017 fireworks the best you’ve ever seen!

Need to know where to catch them near you? We’ve rounded up West Michigan’s firework calendar below. Find your closest spot or venture to a new area! And be sure to share with your neighbors, friends, and family to get them involved, too!


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