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.

New & Notable Luxury Properties For Sale | December 2018

From a palatial estate in Chevy Chase, Maryland to a remarkable Art Deco villa in the center of Rome, these are this month’s four featured notable properties for sale.

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Chevy Chase, Maryland | Daniel Heider, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty 

The Corby Mansion, built in 1893 for Francis Newlands, is a landmark in America’s first planned suburb designed by Chevy Chase architect Leon E. Dessez. A Congressman and Senator from Nevada, Newlands named the estate “Ishpiming,” meaning “high ground” in Chippewa. Senator Newlands was the organizer and first president of the Chevy Chase Club as well as a developer with the Chevy Chase Land Company. This highly coveted landmark estate prompted official inquiries regarding the possibility of it serving as the Vice President’s residence. The estate was instead sold to “Mother’s Bread” heir William S. Corby in 1909.

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Moscow, Russa | Natalia Filipovskaia, Moscow Sotheby’s International Realty 

This 2,164-square-meter mansion is located on nearly 6,000 square meters of land. Among the offered amenities, this home features a combined hall-library, home cinema, and swimming pool. An additional building on the site showcases a garage for four cars.

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Bridgehampton, New York | Beate V. Moore, Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

This unparalleled oceanfront home was constructed in 2016 by master builder Ed Bulgin. Four luxurious ensuite bedrooms plus separate studio with bath give to breathtaking ocean views. The spectacular outdoor entertaining space surrounded by an oversized waterside gunite pool with spa, two grills, gas pizza oven, and fridge all overlooks the Atlantic. A three-car garage plus an additional one-car garage, two outdoor showers, and basketball hoop sit on nearly two beautifully landscaped gated acres.

Italian homes for sale

Rome, Italy | Vincenzo Lupattelli, Italy Sotheby’s International Realty 

This beautiful Art Deco villa is located in one of the most elegant districts in Rome, known as Ludovisi. Very close to the famous Villa Borghese park, Via Veneto, this residence is centrally located as it is only a few minutes from the Spanish Steps, Termini station, subway, and the shopping area. The villa has four floors and was built by the famous Roman architect, Carlo Pincherle.

Discover more properties for sale, in West Michigan or around the globe, by contacting one of our agents today.



Featured Listing | Coastal Elegance on the Shores of Lake Michigan

Your exclusive Lake Michigan home awaits you at this well-appointed custom-built beach house. Boasting luxurious details, including wine cellar, custom cabinetry and built-ins throughout, European White Oak hardwood flooring, and a lakeside Ipe deck, this remarkable beach home is your waterfront oasis.

Get a glimpse into this exclusive offering on Lake Michigan’s crystal blue waters or experience it for yourself – contact Josi to schedule a tour today.


2018 Fourth of July Fireworks: West Michigan

While the Fourth of July may fall midweek this year, fireworks will still be in full effect! Below, we’ve rounded up West Michigan’s fireworks schedule from communities around the area, so you can plan ahead!







  • Ionia | July 3, at dusk









Don’t see your favorite firework display listed? Comment below so we can add it to our list!

How to Sell a Home

Selling your home can feel like a large undertaking. From the preparations and potential home renovations to finding a proper Realtor®, it can feel like a daunting task. However, when you choose a reputable real estate agent with knowledge of the market, selling your home becomes a manageable process.

how to sell a homeSimplify the Sale

A Realtor® from Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty will be with you every step of the way in the sale of your home. Your real estate specialist will tour your home, grasping the intimate connection you have with it. Our marketing and office administration staff will weave these emotions into our luxury marketing collateral, assuring high-quality materials to impress potential buyers.

Value Proposition

Our Value Proposition is comprised of the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand heritage, our exclusive referral network, global marketing exposure, and exceptional service. These tools assure that our clients will benefit from sales with the greatest value, in the shortest time frame.

We break down the entire selling process in our How to Sell a Home video:

Seeking the right Realtor® to help sell your home? Contact us today.


Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in February 2018

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home.

A Former Coal Baron’s Mansion is Up for Sale – Bloomberg Pursuits

Can this Billionaire’s Row Apartment Beat the Odds, Resell for $70 Million? – Forbes

Dream Homes: Five Tempting Properties for Sale in Tuscany – USA Today

Mel Gibson’s Onetime Connecticut Mansion Lists for $22.5 Million – Wall Street Journal

Home on Lake Tahoe Compound Featured in ‘Godfather II’ Asks $3.7 Million – Curbed

A Warm and Sophisticated Ski Home on the Slopes of Aspen Highlands – Mansion Global

This Bermuda-Inspired Beauty on 30A is an Entertainer’s Dream (and it’s for sale!) – Coastal Living

A Condé Nast ‘Cottage’ Asks $12.5 Million – Wall Street Journal

Home Where Jackie and John Kennedy First Met to Hit Market – Mansion Global

House Hunting in… Hong Kong – The New York Times

Former Baseball Star Jimmy Rollins Hits a Record Price with Mansion Purchase – Los Angeles Times

High Tech Boom Leads Bay Area Prices to Soar – Mansion Global

Alpine Ski Chalet with the Stamp of European Royalty Beckons Hong Kong Investors – South China Morning Post

The Power of Home: New Story Builds Shelter and Second Chances – RISMedia

10 Ultimate Waterfront Homes We’re Coveting Now – Elle Decor

Sotheby’s Set to Auction Rare, Flawless 102-Carat White Diamond in London – The Japan Times

A New Era of Lakefront Living

Ever imagined life on the lakeshore, with the best of both Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa? Your waterfront dreams can be made a reality at Point West, an exclusive community of 24 J. Visser-designed year-round cottages providing captivating views of Lake Macatawa.

Located mere hours from Chicago, Milwaukee, and Detroit, Point West boasts a lifestyle unlike any other, with unparalleled sunsets, tranquil surroundings, and access to both lakes. Marvel at 2398 Interlake Walk, a coastal masterpiece with outdoor kitchen, screened in porch, and contemporary spaces for entertaining. Or build your own custom lakeshore paradise on any of the available properties.

No matter where you choose to reside, one thing is for sure: at Point West, you’ll discover your dream stay-cation.

Interested in life at Point West? Contact us today!


Featured Listing | Regal Estate with Dramatic Lake Macatawa Views

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1967 South Shore Drive, Holland, MI | $4,650,000

A distinctive masterpiece on the shores of Lake Macatawa constructed decades ahead of its time, this custom built Mike Schaap Builders home is a timeless work of art. Boasting only the most lavish details from the inside out, you will be swept away by its captivating beauty and remarkable features, including theater room, deluxe game room, private study, hidden anteroom, and deep water dock with 80′ of Lake Macatawa frontage.

Get a glimpse into this treasure on the water. Interested in reveling in the beauty in person? Contact Josi and Chad today.


West Michigan Highlight: South Haven

Find your escape in South Haven, an entirely unique lakeshore community that rivals the most serene beach towns. Lake Michigan waves crash along the pier while the sandy beachfront sparkles under the afternoon sun. Picturesque sunsets are a regularity in South Haven, making guests question their geographical location – Michigan, or the Caribbean?

There’s something special about downtown South Haven, from its charming stores and boutiques to the award-winning wineries and eclectic eateries. Popular events are happening throughout the seasons, including South Haven’s Annual Ice Breaker Festival, Harborfest, and the National Blueberry Festival, just to name a view.

With culture, nightlife, entertainment, quaint shopping, and lots to do, a trip to South Haven is one you won’t soon forget.

Find your reason to stay in South Haven awhile with the short video below!


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

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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

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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