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Hollyhock Lane Parade: More than 80 years of patriotic joy

For those who rise early on July 4th and head to the intersection of the Calvin Ave. and Franklin Street, there will be a real historical treat that is sure to melt the most cynical of hearts as the annual The Hollyhock Lane Parade arrives back at this southeast neighborhood.

This parade, popular with every politician in our state seeking a vote from the folks in this region, has been happening on these quaint neighborhood streets for more than 80 years. 

The parade winds from the streets of Calvin through the neighborhood before landing at Giddings’ alley where spectators seeking to add to this truly Americana experience can attend an old style political stump rally focussed on the power of democracy. They even have an Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty who join the festivities each year.  

So grab your lawn chair and head to the curb or find a candidate or cause that is marching and join them in the streets for some real patriotic fun this Fourth of July.

If you have just moved to Grand Rapids or are looking to make a great impression with those who are, invite them to the Hollyhock Parade. You'll thank us later. Happy Fourth of July!
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