1834 : Grand Rapids Celebrates July 4th for First Time

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July 4, 2018 all-day
2018-07-04T00:00:00-04:00
2018-07-05T00:00:00-04:00

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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