Monthly Archives: July 2024

Hackley Public Library July Programs 2024


hackleylibrary.org – facebook.com/HackleyPL – 231-722-8000
askus@hackleylibrary.org – 316 W. Webster Ave. Muskegon, MI, 49440

Hackley Public Library Hours
Main Hackley Library Building
Mon-Tues: 9-7 pm
Wed-Sat: 9-5 pm

Torrent House (HPL’s Local History/Genealogy Department)
Tues-Sat: 10-5 pm

All Ages Programs:

Summer Reading Program
June 3 through August 3
ALL AGES are encouraged to sign up and participate in HPL’s FREE Summer Reading Program!
How does it work?
HPL’s Summer Reading Program uses an online platform called Beanstack.
By tracking your reading and activities through the HPL Beanstack platform, you’ll earn badges, prizes, and tickets to enter for grand prizes.
For every 200 points you earn by tracking, you’ll be eligible for a prize!
Once you reach 600 points, you’ll receive a completion prize for finishing SRP.
HOWEVER, you can continue to track your reading and activities to earn additional tickets, which can be used to enter for more chances to win a grand prize!
What reading counts toward SRP?
All reading counts! For example: print books, eBooks, audiobooks, manga, graphic novels, magazines, and more, are included.
Find more details at hackleylibrary.org, and to access HPL’s Beanstack platform – or download the Beanstack app.
https://www.hackleylibrary.org/events-programs/annual-events/summer-reading/ Free.
*A library card is not needed to participate but library card registration is free.

Knot on My Watch – Intergenerational Fiber Arts Group
In-Person at Hackley Library
3rd Thursday of each month
Thursday, June 20 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Get ‘knotty’ with other crafters who like to knit, crochet, macramé, sew, felt, embroider… bring your projects (or learn something new) and let’s hang out together. A small supply of yarn, macramé cord, and embroidery floss will be provided with limited instruction. This drop-in, no strings attached fiber arts group is open to anyone ages 5 – 105+. FREE.

Youth & Teen Programs:
Early Childhood Play Group
In-person at Hackley Library
Wednesday mornings from 10:00 – 11:30am
This weekly drop-in play group at Hackley Library connects young families in a space where children and their caregivers are invited to play, talk, learn, and grow together!
Ages 0-4. Free.

July Youth Take and Make Kits
Summer Reading 2024 – Adventure begins at your library!
These Take and Makes will be available from Hackley Library beginning Monday, July 1, and through the month while supplies last. Free.
Slither into summer with our super cool popsicle stick snakes. These wooden reptilians are as much fun to play with as they are to make!
Our other take and make has a practical application. What happens when you put together some copper tape, a popsicle stick, a battery, a binder clip, and an LED light? Find out by picking up a flashlight kit today!
Youth/Teen. Available while supplies last. Free.

Paws and Read with Breezy and Dolly
In-Person at Hackley Library
Mondays, July 8 & 22 from 4:00 – 5:00pm
We have four-legged reading helpers in Hackley Library’s Youth Services! Practice and strengthen literacy skills by reading out loud to our friendly therapy dogs who are calm, non-judgmental listeners. Call 231-722-8014 to register your child for a 20-minute time slot. Ages 3-12. Free.

Story Time at the Light
In-person at Muskegon South Pierhead Light
Mondays in July at 3:00pm
Join Hackley staff for a special Story Time at the Muskegon South Pierhead Light on Mondays (weather permitting)! Together we’ll read stories, lead songs and games appropriate for children. Sit-upons will be provided (you may bring folding chairs if you’d like). Muskegon South Pierhead Light will offer FREE climbing tours to child participants with the purchase of a paid Adult admission ($5).
Make this a weekly family outing throughout the summer! We look forward to seeing you!

Food Explorers
In-Person at Hackley Library
Saturday, July 13 from 10:30-11:30am
Embark on a delightful culinary adventure at Hackley Library with your little ones in this class designed for kiddos ages 0-4 and their grown-ups. Hosted by Culinary and Family Registered Dietitian Jessi Holden, explore vibrant fruits and vegetables, engage in sensory taste tests, and enjoy hands-on cooking activities that foster a lifelong love for diverse flavors and healthy eating habits.
Ages 0-4. Registration is required – register at hackleylibrary.org or call 231-722-8014. Free.

Food Adventures
In-Person at Hackley Library
Saturday, July 13 from 2:00 – 3:00pm
Let’s go on a flavorful expedition with your 5–8-year-old children in this upcoming class at Hackley Library! Jessi Holden, local Culinary and Family Registered Dietitian, will lead hands-on exploration of exotic fruits and veggies and following a recipe for crafting imaginative snacks. Your adventurers will discover the exciting world of taste, flavor, and culinary creativity. Ages 5-8. Registration is required – register at hackleylibrary.org or call 231-722-8014. Free.

Bugs and Bark Drawing Class – Youth/Teen
In-Person at Hackley Library
Wednesday, July 17 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
What is Bugs and Bark? Exactly like it sounds! Corinne Roberts will be back to show us how to draw insects and some tree species that are native to Michigan!
This class is paced for kids and teens of all ages to learn how to draw or sharpen developing skills. This program is open to the first 60 people and will start promptly at 3:00. Late arrivals will not be admitted. Ages 6-17. Free.

Reptile Readers
In-Person at Hackley Library
Thursday, July 18 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Ever swapped stories with snakes? Practice and strengthen literacy skills by reading out loud to our friendly REPTILES at Hackley Library. Registration is required – call 231-722-8014. July 18 – Suki the Ball Python. She is well over 10 years old (possibly over 15) and she’s a mother. She’s a big girl but has such a calm heart.

VR Headsets – Teen Program
In-Person at Hackley Library
Monday, July 22 from 3:00 – 4:30pm
Ms. Lydia will be hosting a fun introduction to gaming on our new VR Headsets! This program is for teens. Registration is required – call 231-722-8014. Free.

Flowers, Flowers, FLOWERS!
In-Person at Hackley Library
Wednesday, July 24 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Kaleidoscope Farms will be joining us again at Hackley Library and bringing different flowers for you to create your very own bouquet! Bryan and Lindsay will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. The flowers are all locally grown in the Nims neighborhood. This program is for kids and teens ages 6-18. Free.

Shenanigans Petty Zoo
In-Person at Hackley Park
Wednesday, July 31 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Come to Hackley Park and hook up with two pens of fun farm friends for you to pet and feed! Sheep and goats and bunnies, OH MY! Come for the chickens, stay for the goats. Animals subject to change. All ages. Free.

Adult Programs:
Financial Lit: SCAMS!
In-Person at Hackley Library
Tuesday, July 9 from 5:30 – 6:30pm
Learn how to protect yourself and your finances against scams! What are some of the red flags to look out for, and what questions should you ask yourself before sending money, opening attachments, giving banking information, or even cashing a check you received in the mail. This program is in collaboration with Route 31 Credit Union. Registration preferred.

Books on Tap at Pigeon Hill
In-Person at Pigeon Hill (895 4th Street, Muskegon, MI)
Tuesday, July 9 from 6:00 – 7:00pm
Join Hackley Library staff and Muskegon Area District Library staff for an evening book discussion each month over a beverage at Pigeon Hill Brewery. Check out the MADL Facebook page to vote on the next book we read. You do not need to be 21+ to participate in book club, but you MUST be 21+ to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. July’s book is “We Begin at the End” by Chris Whitaker. This book discussion is free to participate in! Find more details at madl.org or hackleylibrary.org.

Open Mic Poetry Night
With hosts Gemini DaPoet and Kaizen Kabir
In-Person at Hackley Library
Thursday, July 18 from 6:00-8:00pm
Join Gemini DaPoet and Kaizen Kabir for an evening of lyrical expression and creative exploration at our Open Mic Poetry Night at Hackley Library!
Whether you’re a seasoned poet or just dipping your toes into the world of verse, all are welcome to share their original poems or favorite works from other poets. Registration preferred. Free.

Fantasy Drawing Class – Adults
In-Person at Hackley Library
Tuesday, July 23 from 5:00 – 6:00pm
During this drawing workshop for adults, you can learn how to draw your own fantasy character or creature! Attendees will see their creations come to life as they learn about sketching, poses and line art. This art class will be taught by Natalie Budnick. Registration required. Free.

Senior Social Hour
In-Person at Hackley Library
Thursday, July 25 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Join us at Hackley Library for fun, activities, light refreshments, and conversation with fellow seniors. Registration is preferred. To find more details, or to register, go to hackleylibrary.org. Free.

Events Happening in Muskegon County! July 8 – 15, 2024

Check out our website for a complete list www.visitmuskegon.org
Visit the many daily events at our Muskegon County libraries www.madl.org

Monday, July 8
Live Music: Nautic Bound
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Ruth & Max Bloomquist Live at Ross Park
7:00pm
4814 Henry St. Free to the public!

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Summer Tours
1:00pm – 5:00pm Recurring Sunday, Monday, Friday, and Saturday
Muskegon South Pierhead Light 1431 Beach St. Only $5 for entry.

Tuesday, July 9
Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00am – 2:00pm Recurring Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Come for local produce!

Live Music: Rusty & The Razorblades
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Downtown Muskegon Walking Tours
10:00am – 11:30am
Muskegon Museum of History & Science 430 West Clay Ave. Only $15 for tickets!

Steve Thielman Piano Performance
10:00am – 12:00pm
The Book Nook & Java Shop 8744 Ferry St. Grab a coffee and relax to music.

Muskegon Trivia Night
7:00pm – 9:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Dr. Free to participate!

McGraft Park Summer Concert Series: Legal Rehab
7:00pm – 9:00pm
McGraft Park 2240 Wickham Dr. Rock & blues down at McGraft!

Downtown Muskegon Walking Tours
10:00am – 11:30am
Muskegon Museum of History & Science 430 W. Clay Ave. Only $15 for entry!

ACWL – Nuveen Free Summer Concert: Asamu Johnson & the Associates of Blues
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Montague Band Shell 8636 Water St. Free music in Montague!

Wine School at Lake Bluff Grille
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Lake Bluff Grille 2801 Lakeshore Dr. Tickets available online!

Wednesday, July 10
Muskegon Flea Market
8:00am – 2:00pm Recurring Wednesday and Thursday
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Come for local artisan goods!

Food Truck Rally at the Muskegon Farmers Market
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Tickets only $1 each.

Enjoy Free Summer Vibes with the West Michigan Concert Winds!
7:00pm
Heritage Landing PO Box 1317. Free to the public!

Yoga on the Ship
7:00pm – 8:00pm
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum 560 Mart St. Only $15 for entry.

Summer Jazz at the Block: Live Music & Sunset Views
The Block 360 W. Western Ave., Suite 200. Enjoy nice evening jazz.

Muskegon Trivia Night
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. Free to participate!

Live Music: The Cheap Dates
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Thursday, July 11
Muskegon Trivia Night
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Wonderland Distillery 1989 Lakeshore Dr. Free to participate!

Yoga on the Lawn – White River Light Station
6:30pm – 7:30pm
White River Light Station Museum 6199 Murray Rd. Free to participate!

Bella Maria’s Thursday Night Jazz & Italian Feast
5:30pm – 9:00pm
Bella Maria’s Event Center 513 W. Pontaluna Rd. Join in for music and dinner!

Free Thursdays at the Muskegon Museum of Art
11:00am – 8:00pm
Muskegon Museum of Art 296 W. Webster Ave. Open extended hours for the public!

FREE Water Ski Show: Ariel’s Adventure by Grand City Show Skiers
7:00pm
Ross Park 82 Randall Road. Free to the public!

Thrifty Thursdays & Drink
11:00am – 10:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Ave. Come grab a drink and shop!

Friday, July 12
Aquastar Motown Cruise with DJ Willie Smith!
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Aquastar 560 Mart St. Only $36 for entry!

Parties in the Park
5:00pm – 9:00pm
Hackley Park 350 W. Webster Ave. Free for the public!

OPA! Greek Fest
3:00pm – 9:00pm
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 185 E. Pontaluna Rd. Only $5 for adults!

CMU Weekend: Exit, Pursued by a Bear
7:30pm
The Playhouse at White Lake 304 S. Mears Ave. Enjoy modern theater!

Downtown Muskegon Walking Tours
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Muskegon Museum of History & Science 430 W. Clay Ave. Only $15 for entry!

Free Concert at White River Light Station: Sweet Lou & The Savages!
7:00pm – 8:00pm
White River Light Station Museum 6199 Murray Rd. Free to the public!

Live Music: Red Roses
7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Movies on Deck: Top Gun: Superman 1978
10:00pm
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum 560 Mart St. Free but donations welcomed!

Muskegon Clippers vs Hamilton Joes
7:05pm – 10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck St. Enjoy local baseball, first game of three!

Saturday, July 13
CMU Weekend: Nothing’ But a Good Time – An 80’s Revue
7:30pm
The Playhouse at White Lake 304 S. Mears Ave. Enjoy modern theater!

July Saturdays: Pioneers
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Muskegon Museum of History & Science 430 W. Clay Ave. Free for Muskegon County residents!

Little Mermaid Splish Splash at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo 4180 W. M-20, Stoney Lake Rd. Free with general admission!

Live Music: Post Fontaine
2:00pm – 5:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Hello Weekend
7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Ravenna Dog Daze & Cruise-In
12:00pm – 8:00pm
Great family friendly event with activities for everyone!

StandUp for the Cure
9:00am – 1:30pm
Ross Park 82 Randall Rd. Help raise funds to fight breast cancer!

Tony Jarvis Live
7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Ave. Come see Tony Jarvis perform live!

West Michigan Business and Craft Fair
8:00am – 2:30pm
Downtown Muskegon. Food, activities, and prizes!

2024 Summer Concert Series Theater for Thirsty
7:00pm
Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference 4759 Lake Harbor Rd. Free to the public!

Coffee with Friends and Muskegon Pride
12:00pm – 1:30pm
The Coffee Factory 1402 Hudson St. Supporting the LGBTQ+ community in Muskegon!

Fresh Coast Fitness Festival
8:00am
Pere Marquette Park 3510 Channel Dr. Fitness focused activities and competition!

OPA! Greek Fest
12:00pm – 9:00pm
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 185 E. Pontaluna Rd. Only $5 for adults!

Polynesian Adventure Cruises
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Aquastar 560 Mart St. Join in for tropical vibes with Aquastar!

Super Saturday at the Art Museum
Muskegon Museum of Art 296 W. Webster Ave.

Muskegon Clippers vs Hamilton Joes
7:05pm – 10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck St. Enjoy local baseball, second game of three!

Sunday, July 14
60s & 70s Dance Party
8:00pm – 10:00pm
S.S. Milwaukee Clipper 2098 Lakeshore Dr. Nonmember entry is $10.

Blue Lake Festival Band
8:00pm – 9:00pm
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp 300 Crystal Lake Rd. Student and faculty performances!

Little Mermaid Splish Splash at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo 4180 W. M-20, Stoney Lake Rd. Free with general admission!

Live Music: Tweed & Dixie
12:00pm – 3:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Jedi Mind Trip
5:00pm – 8:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Dave Burel on the Aquastar
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Aquastar 560 Mart St. Enjoy music on the water!

Muskegon Clippers vs Hamilton Joes
4:05pm – 8:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck St. Enjoy local baseball, game three of three!

Fresh Coast Fitness Festival
8:00am
Pere Marquette Park 3510 Channel Dr. Fitness focused activities and competition!

Sunday Brunch with Live Piano Music
9:30am – 4:00pm
The Book Nook & Java Shop 8744 Ferry St. Grab a bite and relax to music.

Monday, July 15
Live Music: Moonshot
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Aiden Vanderlist, Tourism Information Aide
Visit Muskegon-Muskegon County CVB
610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon MI 49440
T: 231-724-3100 F:231-724-1398
Email: info@visitmuskegon.org
Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 9-3
2024 Muskegon County Visitor Guide: http://bit.ly/VisitorsGuideMKG
Cathy@VisitMuskegon.org | www.visitmuskegon.org

Grass River Natural Area July Programs

Kayak Grass River
Tuesday, July 2: 9:30am – 12:00 pm
$45 per person – includes tour, kayak, PFD, and paddle for each participant
There is no better way to experience Grass River than by paddling its calm waters and enjoying its unique wildlife! On these morning guided tours, visitors explore Grass River by kayak and find out about GRNA’s conservation efforts, wetland plants, and wildlife. Adults and Teens Only. Limited to small groups, must pre-register. ​Call GRNA to register: 231-492-8793, or email james@grassriver.org. This program meets at the Grass River Center and then walks to the dock to launch kayaks. Kayaks and paddles are provided and ready for you at the dock.

Weekly Wildflower Walk
Every Tuesday, May-August, 10:30 am- 12:00 pm
Free to attend, donations gratefully accepted
Take a leisurely stroll through the scenic trails of Grass River Nature Area alongside knowledgeable docents Lyn Petty and Phil Jarvi. Discover the stunning variety of wildflowers and learn to identify their unique beauty. As we wander, keep an ear out for the delightful melodies of the birds that call Grass River home. Join us every Tuesday at 10:30am to see new flowers in bloom. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Nature Story Time
Friday, July 5 and July 19, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
$5 per child
Enjoy a short children’s story and an activity or a hike on the beautiful trails at Grass River. Best for young children ages 4 and up, but all ages welcome. Larger groups please call ahead for a private program.

Art on Thursdays
Thursday, July 18: 1:00pm – 3:00 pm
$10 per person
On select Thursdays this summer, join a naturalist at 1pm for a reoccurring nature art program! We will explore painting, sketching, journaling, clay, and more!

NMC Kayak River Tour
Friday, July 26, 2024 – 9:30 am -12:00 pm
Register through NMC Extended Education
There is no better way to experience a Northern Michigan river than by paddling its calm waters and enjoying its unique wildlife! On this guided tour, students will explore Grass River by kayak and find out about Grass River Natural Area’s conservation efforts, wetland ecology, and Michigan wildlife. Register through NMC Extended Education

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WMTA’s membership base consists of more than 800 attractions, lodging, events, and activities all across the west side of Michigan, from the Indiana border all the way into the Upper Peninsula. Over the past century, Michigan’s tourism industry has become second to only manufacturing in Michigan, making WMTA a vital resource for the area’s tourist destinations.

Today, WMTA continues its mission as a self-sustaining, membership-funded non-profit. For more information, please visit WMTA.org.

Fourth of July Around West Michigan

West Michigan: It’s summer again which means there is all day fun in the water, sand in between your toes and seemingly everywhere you can think, ice cream cones that melt as quick as you can eat them, and dazzling lights in the sky and more for Fourth of July Weekend! It doesn’t matter if you live in a big city or in a small town, West Michigan has amazing events in celebration of this year’s Fourth of July!


Celebrations in South West Michigan

Berrien Springs invites you to join them for the 4th annual Berrien Springs Pickle Festival on the Fourth of July! Festivities start at 10 a.m. and run through 5 p.m., where you can join them for their popular vendor alley, pickle tasting room, dunk tank, the Pickle Fling, frozen tee-shirt contest, relish eating contests, and more!

Celebrate Independence Day in a memorable way! Enjoy South Haven’s incredible fireworks show Light Up the Lake on July 3rd with your friends and family from the deck of Michigan Maritime Museum’s tall ship, Friends Good Will out on Lake Michigan.

Mark your calendars for a star-spangled celebration as the community celebrates the Fourth of July in downtown Saugatuck. Join them along with the armed forces, bands, and floats on July 4th for a patriotic parade down Butler Street at 11 a.m., followed by a free Family Fun event in Coghlin Park from 12 p.m to 2 p.m. Enjoy yard games, face painting, and more, with prizes awarded for the most spirited outfit and a mini apple pie-eating contest for all ages.

The weekend of Independence Day is packed with things to do in South Haven! Kickstart the fun with the legendary Light Up the Lakes fireworks show, which illuminate the waters from North Beach to South Beach (sea to shining sea…) accompanied by a fantastic soundtrack and live broadcast by 103.7 COSY FM. A parade follows on the morning of July 4th. On the evening of July 5th, Lake Arvesta Recreation Park will host a second fireworks display, followed by the South Haven Center for the Arts annual Art Fair in Stanley Johnston Park July 6th-7th in shady Stanley Johnston Park.

Get ready for an unforgettable Fourth of July experience in Michigan’s Coldwater Country! Located halfway between Chicago and Detroit, this picturesque region offers a perfect blend of outdoor adventures, charming downtowns, and a plethora of family-friendly activities. Join them for a weekend filled with joy, community spirit, and patriotic celebrations. Coldwater Country welcomes you to create lasting memories with your loved ones this Fourth of July!


Celebrations in Central West Michigan

The Independence Day holiday kicks off at 2 p.m. July 4th with the Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival Grand Parade proceeding down Ludington Avenue into the downtown district. Live music, floats, characters, animals and more will make their way through the streets as part of this annual holiday festival. The holiday will end with a bang with the July 4th fireworks over Lake Michigan at dusk. They are viewable from just about any beach in Ludington, but a popular place to land is Stearns Park Beach. In addition, the SS Badger carferry offers a shoreline cruise during the evening hours, but tickets sell out quickly. Reserve yours at ssbadger.com.

Petoskey Area is home to some of the best Fourth of July Celebrations in Michigan. Petoskey and Harbor Springs both have a Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks. While Harbor Springs holds their annual Paul Revere Run, Art Show in the Park, and more.

Boyne City’s Fourth of July celebrations have been voted some of the best by organizations like the Travel Channel and Reader’s Digest. What’s so great about Boyne City Fourth of July? Waterside Art & Craft Fair with Food Trucks, Independence Day Run, Fourth of July Parade, Raft Race in the Boyne River, Live Music, and Grand Fireworks.

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White Lake Area 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Beginning at 10 a.m., join them for the White Lake Area Fourth of July parade! The parade route travels from Whitehall City Hall to Montague City Hall, with over 80 festive entries, and lead by the honorable American Legion and VFW. Do not miss the family fun offered at their annual parade! After the parade, stick around town for some outdoor recreation, shopping, and dining–then join them at dusk for fireworks over White Lake! These fireworks are put on by the White Lake Fireworks Committee.

The Friends of the Coopersville & Marne Railway invite you to join them on June 28th as we celebrate our great country. Join them for a special evening aboard their Americana themed Rails, Ales & Wine Train (21+)! Enjoy your choice of wine, beer, or non-alcoholic beverage; complemented with a flavorful appetizer or snack; as we travel back to the vintage era of passenger trains. You will be entertained with Americana music while experiencing a leisurely 90-minute excursion through the Ottawa County countryside.

Enjoy a front-row viewing of the fireworks from the dining room, patio, or a spot on the lawn. The fireworks show will begin at dusk. Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant – Thursday, July 4th FireRock Grille – Wednesday, July 3rd Lake Bluff Grille – Friday, July 5th

Light Up Your Fourth July with a Fireworks Cruise! Experience the awe-inspiring fireworks display over Muskegon Lake from a whole new perspective – aboard the Aquastar! Enjoy a relaxing cruise with stunning lake views, festive music, and a front-row seat to the dazzling fireworks show. This special July 4th cruise is a guaranteed sell-out, so book your tickets with Aquastar Cruises today!

Celebrate Independence Day with a BOOM on the Historic S.S. Milwaukee Clipper. Unforgettable Fireworks & Unique History Await! Watch the fireworks display with front-row seats aboard the S.S. Milwaukee Clipper, a National Historic Landmark. Explore the ship’s stunning Art Deco interior while enjoying the festive atmosphere of this special event.

A vibrant and musical show for the whole family at Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium. The musical fountain adds another layer of celebration to Independence Day! The fireworks show begins at dusk on July 4th.

Bring your family and friends to downtown Holland and feast on the festivities. Early birds wearing red, white, or blue will score 20% off at participating shops and restaurants. By noon, Kollen Park vendors will be spinning cotton candy, keeping the good eats coming until just before the evening’s grand finale – fireworks at dusk over beautiful Lake Macatawa. As an Independence Day bonus, Thursday night street performers will take over 8th street from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., delighting children of all ages with their music and acrobatics.


Celebrations in North West Michigan & Upper Peninsula

Celebrate Independence Day in Mackinaw City! The annual Mackinaw Women’s Club Strawberry Social tradition features delicious strawberries served over vanilla ice cream – a refreshing and sweet treat. Enjoy one of their unique attractions, classic games on the marina lawn, explore the boutique shops, bounce houses, dine at one of their delectable eateries in charming downtown Mackinaw City, and listen to live music. Finally, prepare to be dazzled by the largest fireworks display in the Straits, lighting up the night sky at dusk, and providing a breathtaking finale to a day filled with celebration. Don’t miss out on making memories in Mackinaw this Fourth of July!

Visiting Mackinac Island on the Fourth of July is an experience that encapsulates the essence of American heritage and celebration like no other. Start the day by participating in the oldest stone skipping competition in the US and watch the pros throw their stones. Enjoy family games at Windermere Point. Have a Star Spangles Fourth of July at historic Fort Mackinac and finish the day with two simultaneous firework displays!

Cadillac Freedom Festival Presents: A Dazzling Drone Show by Starlight Aerial Productions, a new and spectacular addition to the 2024 festivities on July 5th as part of the “Fire on the Water” military tribute event. The sky above Lake Cadillac will be illuminated by a mesmerizing drone show. depicting symbols of freedom and bravery to pay tribute to our brave military personnel. A traditional fireworks display will also be held on July 6th!

Celebrate Independence Day all weekend long at Crystal Mountain. Family crafts, family golf scramble, sidewalk sales, bike and golf cart parade, Fourth of July 5k Fun run, biking, hiking, outdoor pool and water playground, and so much more.

Celebrate this Fourth of July in the great outdoors! Here at the Pine River Paddlesports Center, you will find a clean & quiet campground that serves as an excellent, centrally located base camp from which to explore the area, as well as a watercraft rental for the nationally designated ‘Wild & Scenic’ river – the Pine River. In addition to the many parades and festivals within driving distance of the Paddlesports Center, you can also immerse yourself in nature with a float down the Pine River. We offer a wide range of watercraft for all sizes, skill levels, and ages. Whether you want to celebrate the Fourth of July with a family-friendly rafting trip, or want to test your skill level with a kayaking trip through fun, splashy whitewater, the Pine has something for you! Let them help you & your family make some great memories this Fourth of July!

Guests can sit back, relax and celebrate Independence Day with the Marquette Fourth of July Sensory Friendly Laser Show. As the largest architectural laser show in North America, this unique experience gives residents, visitors, children and those with sensory sensitivities a comfortable opportunity to participate in Fourth of July celebrations and witness the night sky light up above the picturesque Lake Superior. 

For a family fun getaway this Independence Day head to Northern Michigan’s Shanty Creek Resort. Located a mere 30 miles from Traverse City, in beautiful Bellaire, this picturesque destination promises relaxation, adventure, and holiday festivities all rolled into one. Spanning nearly 5,500 acres, Shanty Creek boasts four distinct villages, each with outdoor recreation, lodging and dining options, along with five championship golf courses, ideal for golf enthusiasts. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 3rd, as Shanty Creek lights up the sky with a spectacular fireworks display behind The Lakeview Hotel, where you will not only see a kaleidoscope of color in the sky but also breathtaking views of Lake Bellaire.

Looking for more? Find out what other events are happening around West Michigan by checking out our events calendar!

Since 1917, the West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) has worked to market the very best of West Michigan to travelers from around the world.

WMTA’s membership base consists of more than 800 attractions, lodging, events, and activities all across the west side of Michigan, from the Indiana border all the way into the Upper Peninsula. Over the past century, Michigan’s tourism industry has become second to only manufacturing in Michigan, making WMTA a vital resource for the area’s tourist destinations.

Today, WMTA continues its mission as a self-sustaining, membership-funded non-profit. For more information, please visit WMTA.org.

A G E N D A: FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL
5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415

JULY 8, 2024
6:30 P.M. WORK SESSION
7:00 P.M. BOARD MEETING

  1. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America
  2. Roll call
  3. Approval of board minutes: 6/24/24
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    A. Second Reading: Zone Change Ordinance – E. Ellis Rd.
    B. Second Reading: Zone Change Ordinance – E. Broadway Ave.
    C. Second Reading: Zone Change Ordinance – E. Sternberg Rd.
    D. Public Hearing: Micka St Special Assessment District
    E. Resolution to Create and Define the District for Micka St SAD
    F. Resolution to Schedule a Public Hearing on the Micka St SAD Roll
  8. New Business
    A. Cemetery Roadway Addition
  9. Approval of Bills
  10. Reports
  11. Public Comments
  12. Adjournment

Events Happening in Muskegon County! July 1 – 8, 2024

Check out our website for a complete list www.visitmuskegon.org
Visit the many daily events at our Muskegon County libraries www.madl.org


Monday, July 1
Live Music: Serita’s Black Rose Duo
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Join and listen to some evening tunes.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Summer Tours
1:00pm – 5:00pm Recurring Sunday, Monday, Friday, and Saturday
Muskegon South Pierhead Light 1431 Beach St. Only $5 for entry.

Tuesday, July 2
Live Music: JP & The Energy
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Music Trivia
7:00pm – 9:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Dr. Free to participate!

ACWL – Nuveen Free Summer Concert: Beth Bombara
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Montague Band Shell 8636 Water St. Free music in Montague!

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00am – 2:00pm Recurring Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Come for local produce!

Steve Thielman Piano Performance
10:00am – 12:00pm
The Book Nook & Java Shop 8744 Ferry St. Grab a coffee and relax to music.

Wednesday, July 3
2024 Meet the Machines
2:00pm – 5:00pm
76 S. Getty St. Family friendly event with giant fire, garbage, and construction trucks!

Muskegon Music Trivia
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. Free to participate!

Live Music: Hairbanger’s Ball
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Flea Market
8:00am – 2:00pm Recurring Wednesday and Thursday
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Come for local artisan goods!

Yoga on the Ship
7:00pm – 8:00pm
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum 560 Mart St. Only $15 for entry.

Thursday, July 4
White Lake 4th of July Parade
10:00am – 11:30pm
White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce 124 W. Hanson St. Free to the public!

4th of July Fireworks in Downtown Muskegon
10:20pm – 11:00pm
City of Muskegon Downtown Muskegon. Celebrate the 4th downtown!

July 4th Fireworks Cruise
8:30pm – 11:30pm
Aquastar 560 Mart St. Enjoy the fireworks from the water!

White Lake Area 4th of July Fireworks
9:00pm
White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce 124 W. Hanson St. Free to the public!

Fireworks Aboard the Top Deck of the Ship!
8:30pm
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum 560 Mart St. $5 per person to watch on the deck!

USS Silversides Engine Roar on Independence Day!
12:00pm
USS Silversides Submarine Museum 1346 Bluff St. Watch the submarine come to life!

Independence Day Party
6:00pm – 11:00pm
S.S. Milwaukee Clipper 2098 Lakeshore Dr. Only $10 for nonmembers!

Live Music: The Carl Webb Band
1:00pm – 4:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Buckle
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Music Trivia
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Wonderland Distillery 1989 Lakeshore Dr. Free to participate!

Bella Maria’s Thursday Night Jazz & Italian Feast
5:30pm – 9:00pm
Bella Maria’s Event Center 513 W. Pontaluna Rd. Join in for music and dinner!

Free Thursdays at the Muskegon Museum of Art
11:00am – 8:00pm
Muskegon Museum of Art 296 W. Webster Ave. Open extended hours for the public!

Sunset Cruises
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Aquastar 560 Mart St. Enjoy an evening on the water!

Friday, July 5
After Dark Tour
9:00pm – 10:00pm
Hackley and Hume Historic Site 484 W. Webster Ave. Only $15 for entry!

Blue Lake Staff Band
7:15pm – 8:15pm
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp 300 Crystal Lake Rd. You can even tune in on the radio!

July 5th Fireworks at Lake Bluff Grille
5:00pm – 10:00pm
Lake Bluff Grille 2801 Lakeshore Dr. Live music, food, and fireworks!

Glow Golf
9:30pm – 10:45pm
Putters Creek 40 N. Causeway St. Late night fun, grab tickets online!

Live Music: Reverend Jesse Ray
2:00pm – 5:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Buckle
7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Clippers vs Southern Ohio Copperheads
7:05pm – 10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck St. Enjoy local baseball, first game of three!

Riders – Rock America
7:00pm – 11:59pm
Lotus Room Event Center 919 E. Sherman Blvd. Only $35 for entry.

Saturday, July 6
8th Annual Heykoop Veteran Memorial Car Show & Benefit
10:00am – 2:00pm
Hot Rod Harley-Davidson 149 Shoreline Dr. Free for the public to watch!

Big Business on the Water: Free Community Day
11:00am – 4:00pm
Muskegon Heritage Museum of Business & Industry 561 W. Western Ave.

Blue Lake Festival Orchestra
8:00pm – 9:00pm
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp 300 Crystal Lake Rd. You can even tune in on the radio!

Live Music: Leaving Lifted
2:00pm – 5:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Sushi Roll
7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music at Unruly Brewing: Moneysoup
8:00pm – 11:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. Listen to some local funky grooves.

Plain Jane Glory Live
7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Ave. Get ready for good vibes with this duo!

2024 Summer Concert Series Final Harvest
7:00pm
Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference 4759 Lake Harbor Rd. Free to the public!

Live Music: Justin Avdek
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Free to listen!

Muskegon Clippers vs Southern Ohio Copperheads
7:05pm – 10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck St. Enjoy local baseball, second game of three!

Glow Golf
9:30pm – 10:45pm
Putters Creek 40 N. Causeway St. Late night fun, grab tickets online!

Sunday, July 7
Glow Golf
9:30pm – 10:45pm
Putters Creek 40 N. Causeway St. Late night fun, grab tickets online!

Live Music: Zion Lion
12:00pm – 3:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: PS Dump Your Boyfriend
5:00pm – 8:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Civic Theater’s Cabaret Cruise
4:00pm – 9:30pm
Aquastar 560 Mart St. Only $38 for entry.

Sunday Brunch with Live Piano Music
9:30am – 4:00pm
The Book Nook & Java Shop 8744 Ferry St. Enjoy the morning with music!

Muskegon Clippers vs Southern Ohio Copperheads
4:05pm – 8:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck St. Enjoy local baseball, game three of three!

Monday, July 8
Live Music: Nautic Bound
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Ruth & Max Bloomquist Live at Ross Park
7:00pm
4814 Henry St. Free to the public!

Aiden Vanderlist, Tourism Information Aide
Visit Muskegon-Muskegon County CVB
610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon MI 49440
T: 231-724-3100 F:231-724-1398
Email: info@visitmuskegon.org
Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 9-3
2024 Muskegon County Visitor Guide: http://bit.ly/VisitorsGuideMKG
Cathy@VisitMuskegon.org | www.visitmuskegon.org
Muskegon County | 610 W Western Ave | Muskegon, MI 49461 US