Holland celebrates Fourth of July
Jim Hayden/The Holland Sentinel
Downtown Holland is gearing up for its first-ever Fourth of July Celebration.
More than 40 shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants will be open for business Thursday, many of them offering discounts and promotions for the holiday. The Street Performer Series also will take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. that day, with a special appearance by a stilt walker.
Patrons are being encouraged to wear red, white or blue to receive 20 percent off a single item at participating businesses. Stores participating in the Celebrate and Save sale or offering other special offers will be easily identifiable by having a patriotic balloon tied to their entrance door. While business hours will vary, many stores will be open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. for the celebration.
“The Celebrate and Save sale is just one more way of letting visitors know how happy we are that they’ve chosen to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with their friends and families here in downtown Holland,” said Kara de Alvare, interim marketing coordinator for downtown Holland.
On Thursday evening, more than 30 street performers will line Eighth Street, entertaining the crowds with a variety of performance art. Musicians, jugglers, aerial acrobats, dancers, magicians, caricature artists and more will perform for free. (Though tipping is encouraged!) And don’t forget to look up to catch a glimpse of Michael Hayataka, an acclaimed stilt walker. The weekly Street Performer Series is co-sponsored by Gentex Corporation with support from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs through the Holland Area Arts Council.
“Between the street performers, the large number of shoppers and diners expected downtown and the American flags lining Eighth Street, we are looking forward to a very festive Fourth of July Celebration this year, with hopes to expand the event in the years to come,” said de Alvare.
Also that day, local radio station JQ99.3 and The Pledge radio stations will host their annual Celebration Freedom event at Kollen Park, just a short walk from downtown. The celebration, now in its 11th year, kicks off at 2 p.m. with children’s inflatables, games, food vendors and more. There will be martial arts demonstrations from Chan's Martial Arts and live music on the Main Stage in the evening, with fireworks after dark.