4TH OF JULY MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
City of Grandville July 4 Celebration – Community Leaders Planning for Partial Celebration; Exploring Options to Preserve Fireworks

 GRANDVILLE, May 12, 2021 –
On Monday, April 26, 2021 the Grandville City Council accepted the recommendation of the July 4 Celebration Committee to move forward with plans for a scaled down event in 2021.  The Committee & Council made the difficult decision to cancel the pancake breakfast, parade, craft show, carnival, food vendors and live music due to the inability to adequately organize for or enforce current masking/distancing/contact tracing requirements.

The Committee is continuing to plan for the flag raising at Wedgwood Park, flyover, 5K race, #10 School Open House at Heritage Park and softball/baseball games.  These events may still be possible due to their greater possibility of social distancing or limiting gathering size.

A final decision is pending regarding the fireworks tentatively scheduled for Monday, July 5.  The City Council has proceeded with the deposit for the fireworks show to allow a short window of additional time to continue the planning that might make this a possibility, with the hope that the State Orders are modified prior to the date final contracts are due.

The Committee and City staff have been meeting regularly to discuss all factors relevant to providing a safe and enjoyable 2021 event but are limited by the time necessary to arrange for event staffing, provide reasonable notice to event participants, vendors, suppliers, volunteers, guests, and partner agencies and comply with State of Michigan public health orders.  Final decisions regarding all 2021 July 4 events in Grandville are expected to be made and posted on the City’s website www.cityofgrandville.com by the end of May.

Background:

For over 50 years the Grandville Community has celebrated the Fourth of July together with the parade that draws tens of thousands, family friendly events, food and craft vendors, live music and a spectacular firework show.  Last year, this tradition was cancelled in its entirety due to the Coronavirus and this year’s event planning has been difficult given the need to comply with restrictions on large gatherings.  The Celebration takes many months to organize involving soliciting donations, contracting with vendors and coordination with and between the City of Grandville, Grandville Public Schools, various non-profit organizations, Scouts, Little League and other groups.

Contact:          Ken Krombeen, City Manager – 530-4980 or krombeenk@cityofgrandville.com