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.

Winner’s Circle: 6 Prestige Properties Near Top Equestrian Events

Many of the most memorable moments in the history of sportsmanship have happened during equestrian events. With the thrill of the chase and the majesty of the horses, the Kentucky Derby is known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports”. Those cities fortunate enough to play host to the world’s premier racing and show jumping circuits—LouisvilleHong Kong, and Paris, among others—routinely attract an elite clientele, not just for the equestrian spectacle, but for the elegant, exclusive properties located so close to the action. After all, why travel halfway around the world to reach the races when you could reside right in the winners’ circle?

Kentucky Derby: Louisville, Kentucky, US

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Entrance to Churchill Downs, image credit: Thomas Kelley / Shutterstock.com

The longest running sporting event in the United States, the Kentucky Derby first shot out of the gate in 1875. From an original crowd of 10,000 to today’s hundreds of thousands, the Derby holds a hallowed spot in American culture. Whether you attend for the horses or to wager amongst friends, this is one equestrian highlight you won’t want to miss.

Poplar Hill Woods, Louisville, Kentucky

Poplar Hill Woods

Terri BassLenihan Sotheby’s International Realty

Put down roots near The Run for the Roses in this genteel mansion that combines the luxury of the country club with the comforts of home. Traditional woodwork brings the beauty of the outdoors in, while the classic interiors draw inspiration from Georgian architecture and design. Plan your bets in the cherry-paneled library, with its peaceful views of the surrounding greenery. Set in seclusion among the trees, this house exudes serenity, even if the excitement of downtown—and the twin spires of Churchill Downs—is only a short distance away.

Beckley Crossing Drive, Louisville, Kentucky


John LenihanLenihan Sotheby’s International Realty

This welcoming estate is an ideal getaway: it boasts 4.41 acres of grassy pastureland and well-appointed living spaces for entertaining and debating all things equine. The house features marble floors, meticulous mill work, and a bar and billiard room that look like they belong in Derby’s fourth-floor clubhouse. Best of all is the veranda, where a large pool provides the perfect spot to sip a mint julep and soak in the Southern sunshine.

Hong Kong Derby: Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong Derby

Image courtesy of the Hong Kong Derby

Two years older than its venerable American counterpart, the Hong Kong Derby is a thrilling racing event with a prize purse of approximately $2.3 million. Entry is restricted to four-year-old horses, with several world-ranked champions making their name on the Sha Tin Racecourse grounds. Located along the Shing Mun River, the pulse-pounding pace of the race contrasts with the more contemplative nature of the district’s central waterway.

Macdonnell Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong

McDonnell Road

Binoche ChanList Sotheby’s International Realty

Riding enthusiasts looking for something a little closer to the hustle and bustle of the Hong Kong scene will be right at home in this 1,864-square-foot apartment. With its green surroundings, lush wood furnishings, and full balcony—complete with vertical garden—it conjures the verdant ambiance familiar to country club-goers while providing sleek modern amenities. Dynamic marble adds depth to the kitchen and dining room, as do the designer lighting fixtures situated throughout.

Shouson Hill Road, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong


Binoche ChanList Sotheby’s International Realty

Those looking be relatively close to the Hong Kong Derby while also enjoying peaceful environs will be right at home in this exclusive designer townhouse, located on the scenic Shouson Hill not far from Deep Water Bay. For avid sportspeople, the Aberdeen Marina Club and Hong Kong Golf Club are both near this gated neighborhood—and for captains of industry, the Central business district is just a short commute away. High molded ceilings, expansive windows, and polished hardwood floors help fill this tasteful home with light and make it a dream retreat after a day at the races.

Saut Hermès: Paris, France

Paris horse

Image credit: Sarah Bedu

For equestrian lovers looking to enjoy the acrobatics of show jumping, there’s no ticket more covetable than the Saut Hermès in Paris, established in 2010. Held in the Grand Palais in the Champs-Élysées, the event draws the world’s best riders under the glass domes of the Beaux-Arts-styled historic site and exhibition center and is surrounded by some of Europe’s most enviable apartments.

Triangle d’Or, Paris


Kyan ZarePropriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty

This sunlit penthouse comprises the top floor of one of Paris’s iconic Haussmannian freestone buildings, located in the famous Triangle d’Or. With Avenue Montaigne just steps away, residents here are within the leisurely walking distance of the Grand Palais’ glistening glass halls and the Saut’s soaring leaps.

Champs-Elysées, Paris

paris homes for sale

Geoffrey BenoitParis Ouest Sotheby’s International Realty

For a spot of modern in historic Paris, this 3,250-square-foot penthouse offers clear views stretching from Sacré-Cœur to the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe. Fully renovated to make the most of an open floor plan, this apartment’s ninth-floor rooftop terrace features a summer kitchen and vegetable garden. Pairing this property with the three-day spectacle of the Saut Hermès would make anyone feel like French aristocracy.

All year round, exhilarating events take place at Churchill Downs, the Sha Tin Racecourse, and the Grand Palais—and once per year, they each host one of the premier galas of the equestrian world. Having a home in one of these locales is a unique privilege, presenting unlimited access to these preeminent sporting events.



What To Do This Weekend: Holland

You say it’s only Tuesday, we say the weekend’s only three days away! That means it’s time to start making plans to soak up every last drop of sunshine the summer has to offer. Why not hang out in Holland? There’s a number of events happening from August 11-13. Have a personal favorite? Tell us which event you’ll be attending in the comments!

  • Downtown Holland Sidewalk Sales, at participating stores, August 11 & 12 – Bargainers delight: find items from your favorite shops and boutiques at a discounted rate.


  • Holland Museum’s Exhibit “For the Future Peace: WWII and Holland on the Homefront”, August 11-13 – Explore stories from Holland locals who share the impact of WWII.


  • Kollen Park Summer Concert presents The Ragtops, August 11 – Grab a lawn chair and head to the park from 6:30-8:30pm to hear live music.


  • Downtown Holland’s Farmer’s Market, August 12 – Visit the local booths for fresh local finds, beginning at 9:30am.


  • Meteors & S’mores, August 12 – The beach is open a little later for guests looking to view hundreds of meteors. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, but the s’mores will be provided!


Looking to visit some of Holland’s attractions? There’s always our sugar sand beaches, a trip to Dutch Village, or even a pleasant walk near Mt Pisgah. However you choose to spend your time this weekend, consider spending it in Holland!

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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