Muskegon Lakeshore 4th of July Celebration Explodes

Downtown Muskegon will be explode this 4th of July as thousands of visitors flock to the popular Lakeshore Art Festival and RockStock Music Festival takes over Heritage Landing with music, food, beverage tent and 4th of July Fireworks.

The Lakeshore Art Festival received a record number of exhibitor applications for its third year.  Event coordinators state that the festival will have more than 260 fine art and craft booths, nearly 20 food vendors, multiple street performers and several interactive art stations.

“We’re thrilled to have so many great artists returning to this year’s festival as well as a variety of new exhibitors,” says Lakeshore Art Festival Director, Carla Flanders. “The caliber of artists within the fine art section has been enhanced along with an innovative increase in creativity at the Children’s Lane. The Lakeshore Art Festival is a great destination event for all to enjoy, proving that downtown Muskegon is where you want to be 4th of July weekend!”

The Children’s Lane, themed “Step into Art”, will be completely interactive with a colorful scavenger hunt leading children through hands-on booths including drawing, story creation, sculpture making and free-form chalk expression.

Many favorites will also return to The Children’s Lane including the popular performance stage, Barnyard Express mobile educational farm center, Home Depot Builder’s Workshop, Arts & Carafes canvas painting and inflatables.

This year’s Children’s Lane is being coordinated by Fit4Mom Muskegon in partnership with the Muskegon YMCA and supported by Alcoa.

Throughout the rest of the art festival footprint, live and interactive art will abound with professional chalk artists demonstrating their masterpieces, street performers including musicians, magicians and more, Wine and Canvas painting classes and the Muskegon Center for the Arts community canvas project for all to participate in.

While the Lakeshore Art Festival fills the streets of Downtown Muskegon on July 3 and 4 from 10am-6pm, RockStock Music Festival will take the stage at Heritage Landing in the evening with local and regional music favorites, food vendors, a beverage tent, picnic area and 4th of July fireworks.

Tickets are now on sale for Muskegon RockStock Music Festival taking over Heritage Landing on July 3 and 4 with gates opening at 5pm. Friday musical guests include the popular Crane Wives with special guest Bennett and Room Full of Elephants. Back by popular demand, Saturday night will feature Mega 80’s along with Let There Be Rock and The After Effect. The celebration will end with a Fourth of July fireworks display.

Tickets are just $5 per person, per night or $8 for a weekend pass. Veterans, active military, and kids 12 and under are all free. RockStock tickets are available at or at the Frauenthal Box Office. Discounted ticket packages are available for Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce members. Chamber members can contact the Chamber at 231-722-3751 for discounted ticketing information.

The Muskegon Lakeshore Fourth of July Celebration is being coordinated by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. The Lakeshore Art Festival and Muskegon RockStock could not happen without the support of local organizations including; DTE Energy, Tyler Sales, Nichols, Hines Corporation, Staples, The Muskegon YMCA, Fit4Mom Muskegon, Port City Group, ADAC Automotive, Alcoa, Northern Machine Tool, Consumers Energy, Mlive/The Muskegon Chronicle, Betten Auto Group, the Muskegon Museum of Art and The Community Foundation for Muskegon County.

Opportunities for sponsorship and volunteering are still available. More details on the events and how to get involved can be found at and Also, be sure to follow both events on Facebook for daily updates as the Muskegon Lakeshore’s 4th of July Celebration nears.