1834 : Grand Rapids Celebrates July 4th for First Time

July 4, 2018 all-day

A year after the first settlers arrived, the residents of Grand Rapids marched up and down the Indian trail, singing and shouting, fiddling and hurrahing. According to Charles Baxter, even the local Indians joined in.

Three years later, excitement was upgraded to include steamboat rides down to Grandville and back.

Source : Gordon G. Beld, The Early Days of Aviation in Grand Rapids. Charleston, S.C. : History Press, 2012.

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