Be a part of the oldest Fourth of July parade

Photo courtesy Hollyhock Lane Parade
Photo courtesy Hollyhock Lane Parade

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) The oldest continuing Fourth of July parade in Michigan is celebrating its 80th year. The Hollyhock Lane Parade takes place on Friday, July 4, at Calvin and Alexander in southeast Grand Rapids. The parade was started by six neighbors in 1934, who wanted a safe event for their kids on Independence Day.

The Lane Hollyhock Parade is open to the public. Everyone is invited to build a float or decorate their bike and participate. Anyone can also line the street and watch. You don’t have to pre-register to participate. Just decorate your bike in red, white and blue and come on out! There are cash prizes for the best floats with a patriotic or environmental theme.

Lineup for the Hollyhock Lane Parade is at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 4, at Calvin and Alexander SE. The parade beings at 8:30 a.m. and the Hollyhock Lane ceremony is at 9 a.m.

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