July Fourth Parade, Lansing
Celebrate Independence Day with a grand parade featuring clowns, antique and specialty automobiles, musicians, dance troops, community groups and military units. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. and a fireworks show will take place starting at 9 p.m. at Adado Riverfront Park. Fireworks will be followed by a performance offered by the Lansing Concert Band. Visit michiganfireworks.com for more information.
Mason Independence Day Parade and Fireworks, Mason
Celebrate July 4 with a bang! Join the Mason Chamber of Commerce in their celebration of our Independence Day. The parade steps off at 7:30 p.m. at the high school and goes through downtown. Fireworks begin at dusk and are launched from the south end of Temple Street.
Meridian Township Fireworks, Okemos
Spectacular fireworks will be launched from Central Park South at 10:15 p.m. Bring the whole family to celebrate Independence Day!
Common Ground Music Festival, Lansing
Once again Common Ground is back with an amazing lineup. Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, A$SP Rocky, Jason Derulo, Awolnation, Milky Chance, French Montana, Canaan Smith and much more! Tickets and information can be found at commongroundfest.com.
ITEC LEGO Robotics Camp, Downtown Lansing
Have a blast learning the basic concepts of engineering and technology while working with everyone’s favorite – LEGOs! Registration is required and a parent permission form must be filled out at the time of registration. The camp meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Downtown Lansing branch of the Capital Area District Library. Visit cadl.org for more information.
Scrapfest, Old Town
Old Town’s annual Scrapfest is a great way to kick off summer fun. Twenty teams have an hour to collect scrap from Friedland Industries scrap facility. During a two-week span, the teams create a masterpiece out of what was once considered trash. The unique sculptures will be put on display at the festival, accompanied by artisan booths, youth art activities, food, beer and live music. The sculptures are auctioned off at 7 p.m. on July 18, and 40 percent of the proceeds will go to the artists, with the other portion being donated to the Old Town Commercial Association. Best of all, this is a free event, so come support local artists while they turn 500 pounds of scrap metal into beautiful works of art. Visit oldtownscrapfest.org for more information.
Kids Mud Run, Delta Township
Have fun and get dirty at Delta Township’s Mud Run. Race your way through obstacles including a hay climb, over under wall, mud pits and more. One parent per registered runner will be allowed to run the course as the course trails into a wooded area. The run is a fun run and no time will be kept. Remember to bring a towel! The registration fee is $10 for Delta Township residents and $12 for non-residents. For more information please call (517) 323-8555.
Susan G. Komen Ride for the Cure, Brighton
Join Susan G. Komen Michigan for the seventh annual Ride for the Cure at its new location: Brighton High School in Brighton, Mich. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds from the event will stay in the mid-Michigan community to support life-saving local breast health programs like Allegiance Women’s Health Center, Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, Grass Lake Sanctuary, Michigan State University College of Lurching and the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing. The remaining 25 percent is invested in ground-breaking, global breast cancer research. For more information and to register, visit KomenMichigan.org/MMRide16.
Eaton County Fair
Bring the family to the Eaton County Fairgrounds for a fun-packed day full of horse pulls, horse shows, motor cross, truck and tractor pulls, mud bogging, dog shows, bounce houses, music and writing workshops, corn hole tournament and monster truck rides. Enjoy a blues festival while you are having fun at the fair. The festival begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Visit eatoncountyfair.com for more information.
MSU: Music in the Garden Concert Series, East Lansing
Bring your blanket and a lawn chair to enjoy a peaceful summer night listening to classical and jazz music in the fragrant gardens of MSU. The concerts happen rain or shine in the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden.
Pubbin’ 4 Pets, Lansing
Join Capital Area Humane Society in a quest for great beer and a better life for shelter animals. Visit Lansing’s best bars, including Nuthouse Sports Grill, Taps 25, Duke’s Saloon, Tin Can and The Exchange. The pub-crawl kicks off at the Nuthouse Sports Grill at 5 p.m. Registration is $30 and includes a t-shirt, complimentary pizza at the Nuthouse and drink specials at four to five bars and restaurants in Downtown Lansing. For registration visit cahs-lansing.org.
Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce Golf Championship, Grand Ledge
Tee it up at the Chamber of Commerce Golf Championship located at Grand Ledge Country Club. Feeling lucky? Win a new car or $10,000 cash on the hole-in-one contest! There will also be door prizes, raffles, 50-50 drawing and putting contests. A breakfast buffet, hot dogs and chips will be provided on the turn. Sponsor a hole for $75 dollars. Registration is online at grandledgechamber.com.
Car Capital Auto Show, Lansing
Meander through the street around the Capitol and view hundreds of cars, trucks and motorcycles. Admission is free to spectators. Stay for the 7th annual Taste of Downtown to enjoy food and wine from local vendors. Taste of Downtown will take place from 3:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, call (517) 372-9529.
Delta Township’s First Tiny Tikes Triathlon, Delta Township
Come support your favorite tiny triathlon participant. This free triathlon features a fun non-timed course. The course kicks off with a bike race, which then transitions to the running portion and is concluded by a sack hop. Each participant will leave with a ribbon. Participants must bring their own bike and helmet. The triathlon is at Sharp Park at 1401 Elmwood Road. To register, please call (517) 313-8555.
Ingham County Fair, Lansing
Attend the 162nd Ingham County fair! Events for the family, including live music, demolition derbies and monster truck shows will take place throughout the week. For more details and pricing, visit fb.ingham.org.
Spartan Dance and Fit Center Grand Opening, East Lansing
Join the dancers at Spartan Dance and Fit Center in celebrating the opening of their new Spartan Dance and Fit Center, located at 6075 N. Hagadorn Road in East Lansing. The open house will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. and is open to the public. For more information, visit spartandancecenter.com.