? When is Celebration on the Grand?
A Celebration on the Grand is always the Friday and Saturday after Labor Day. (September 7 & 8 2012)
? Why is there Celebration on the Grand?
A Celebration on the Grand originally was started to “Celebrate” all of the great developments that occurred in Grand Rapids.
? Who pays for Celebration on the Grand?
A Celebration on the Grand is entirely funded by corporate sponsorships and philanthropic gifts.
? When are the COTG fireworks?
A COTG fireworks are Friday night after dusk, usually around 9:30 PM. Some people however start camping out for great spots as early as 7:00 AM
? Where can I park @ COTG?
A Parking Map
? How much does Celebration on the Grand cost to run?
A COTG costs in excess of $120,000 each year.
? Who puts on Celebration on the Grand?
A Celebration on the Grand board works all year long to raise funds, organize volunteers, order/schedule tents/portable toilets and book bands. Several other committees of volunteers help the board perform these actions in the months directly leading up to event weekend. Hundreds more volunteers devote many hours during event to handle security, trash, beer sales, logistics support and many other important tasks.
? How much are tickets?
A FREE! COTG entertainment is free to everyone. In fact to help keep our costs low, we do not even have tickets!
? Where is the best place to watch the fireworks?
A Most people prefer the lawn of the Gerald R. Ford Museum where they can spread out a blanket, have a picnic and enjoy the music until the fireworks show. The lawn does fill first so try to get there early. Other spots are on the Pearl Street Bridge when it closes before the fireworks, and the blue pedestrian bridge near Grand Valley and the Eberhard Center.
? Where is the stage?
A The events are at Ah-Nab-Awen Park and Rosa Park Circle. There are food booths and music at each park.
? What acts are performing and where can I get a schedule?
A CelebrationOnTheGrand.org is always the most up to date location for information. The Grand Rapids Press Thursday edition will hold a printed schedule event week. But this web site is the most current.
? Where are the alcohol and family areas?
A COTG will be selling beer and malt beverages at Rosa Park Circle. These beverages must stay within the alcohol boundary. Ah-Nab-Awen park is Alcohol free and family friendly.
? Where can I get a Celebration on the Grand poster?
A The Grand Rapids Art Museum gift shop sells posters.
? How long are the fireworks?
A Weather and other controlling factors can bring last minute changes to any fireworks event, but traditionally they range between 25 – 35 Minutes.
? How do I volunteer for COTG?
A You can sign up to work right here on the website or call the COTG phone line 616-730-2191.
? How old is the Ford Museum?
A “The Gerald R. Ford Museum was dedicated by then President Ronald Reagan in September 1981. Dignitaries and celebrities from around the country and the world were on hand including Vice President George H.W. Bush and Bob Hope. Since its doors opened, the Museum is nearing its 3 millionth visitor. The Museum continues to meet President Ford’s request at the dedication: “I want a living, educational institution that will provide inspiration for generations. The finest tribute of all will be to see the Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum living and growing and constructive and useful.”
? What is Taste of Celebration?
A A collection of downtown resturants showcasing special menu items on Monroe Center near the Rosa Parks Circle stage.