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Independence Day message from your American Legion Clubs

Independence Day message from your American Legion Clubs

Happy Independence Day


This message is from your local American Legion Clubs all over our Nation:


We, as Americans, are blessed to live in the “Home of the Brave.” Join us this Independence Day in celebrating the freedoms we hold so dear, while thanking the brave men and women who fought at home and abroad, and their families who sacrificed along with them, to allow us this privilege.

On Independence Day and every day, display your American flag prominently and your American Legion Auxiliary membership proudly to spread your passion and dedication to our nation’s veterans and to the best and largest women’s patriotic service organization in the world!

May God bless America and each one of you. Happy Independence Day!

Beer, Bands and BBQ start the Celebration July 3rd in Grandville for the 4th of July

Beer, Bands and BBQ start the Celebration July 3rd in Grandville for the 4th of July

July 3rd starts the celebration for the 4th of July in Grandville, MI when the 2nd Annual Beer, Band and BBQ kicks off in downtown Grandville, near the Library parking lot from 4:00 – 11:00pm.

People of all ages are welcome to join in with the live music and dinner served from 4:00 – 8:00pm with a variety of BBQ food items from $2.00 - $10.00. The live music will continue until 11:00pm but you must be 21 years of age to be in the Beer Tent after 8:00pm. Feel free to bring along a lawn chair to sit around the outside of the tent.

A variety of beer, wine coolers and Osgood Brewing will offer Sol Seeker and Journey. One hundred 2015 Beer, Band and BBQ decorative mugs will be sold for $5.00. VFW Post 702 will have flags and jewelry available for small donations for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

Local firework ordinances for the holiday weekend

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, local governments are reminding residents what is and is not legal when using fireworks to celebrate Independence Day.

Generally, Michigan law prohibits the use of fireworks between midnight to 8 a.m. in areas of 50,000 residents or more. Smaller communities prohibit firecracker use between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. Fireworks can be used the day before, the day of and the day after a national holiday.

In the city of Kentwood, fire lanterns have been banned, following a building fire which occurred last Fourth of July, according to Kentwood Fire Marshall Tim Maday.

Violations of such ordinances can cost consumers up to $500 in fines. In addition, damaging property or selling fireworks to a minor can be punishable by a misdemeanor.

Making sure your fireworks are safe and legal

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- With the Fourth of July next weekend, firework enthusiasts have already started to ignite the sky, but is it legal?

In 2011, Michigan amended its list of legal firecrackers to add what some would call the "big-guys." The Michigan Fireworks Safety Act allows the sale and use of consumer-grade fireworks; while the Bureau of Fire Services was given the task of inspecting retail locations, including pop-up tents commonly found in parking lots.

Greg Clawson, manager at Jake's Fireworks in Kentwood, said the best way to ensure the fireworks you purchase are legal is to check for permit and insurance notes posted near the entry or checkout of the store. In addition, larger firecrackers, which were not allowed in the state of Michigan just five years ago, should include a 'UN' code and "1.4G" labeling on its packaging.

"That means they are legal to ship and legal to sell," Clawson said.

Allegiant returns G.R.-Ft. Lauderdale flight

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Allegiant Airlines has announced that starting in December, it will resume seasonal non-stop flights between Grand Rapids and Fort Lauderdale.

"We're pleased to bring back seasonal service to Fort Lauderdale and re-open a popular destination for Michigan travelers," said Jude Bricker, Allegiant Travel Company senior vice president of planning. "We saw strong demand for Fort Lauderdale flights after our brief hiatus, and we're happy to make affordable vacations in Fort Lauderdale possible once again."

Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found at Allegiant.com.

Trader Joe's opening Kentwood store Sept. 25

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Trader Joe's has set a grand opening date for it's first store in West Michigan.

The grocery store, located at 3684 28th Street SE, opens Friday, Sept. 25 at 8 a.m. It will be located across from Centerpointe Mall on the south side of 28th Street.

Grand Rapids area residents can expect to find Trader Joe's "Fearless Flyer" newsletter in their mailboxes after the grand opening.

Trader Joe's carries more than 3,000 items under its private label, according to a release from the company.

This will be the seventh Trader Joe's in Michigan. The others are located in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Guiding Light Mission opens new home for men recovering from drugs

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- We've told you over the last several months about the growing problem of drug use and overdose deaths from heroin in West Michigan.

It's hard to overcome, and when you do start to make progress it can be difficult to find a place to live.

Guidling Light Mission is trying to help. On Tuesday, they opened the county's third private housing facility to help people going through recovery. It's in Kentwood and called the Iron House. It's a four-plex with two men living in each unit.

The men each pay rent to help keep them accountable, re-engage with society, and stay clean.