Over the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed stickers popping up in the windows of your favorite local businesses that read “This Business is Good for Grand Rapids #Good4GR.” If you’ve been wondering what #Good4GR is all about, you’ll have a chance to experience the movement during our 14th annual Street Party on Saturday, June 3.
Each year, we bring together our neighbors, friends and family for a celebration of all things local at Street Party. This year, we’re taking the celebration to a deeper level by sharing our vision for a local economy that’s welcoming and inclusive by spreading the word about “Good for Grand Rapids.”
Launched in January, “Good for Grand Rapids” is a local initiative that builds awareness of businesses that are making a positive social, environmental impact right here in Grand Rapids. “Good for Grand Rapids” recognizes people are at the heart of our local economy, and to keep growing, we need to support a local economy that’s welcoming, inclusive and creates opportunities for all people.
This year the Street Party brings all things “Good for Grand Rapids” to life by showcasing our many vibrant local businesses, musicians and food vendors. Local First encourages attendees to take photos in the Smitten Booth and use #Good4GR on social media to join the conversation.
Street Party kicks off at 3 p.m. on 44 Grandville Ave. SW in downtown Grand Rapids with AM Yoga for 30 minutes of gentle yoga. The celebration goes until midnight and will feature an expanded kids’ activity area with the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Audacious Hoops, Sanctuary Folk Art and 61Syx Teknique Street Dance Academy.
We are excited to bring our community together in a safe, fun and inclusive space to celebrate the positive impact of supporting local businesses in Grand Rapids. Bilingual and accessibility signage will help all attendees feel welcome. Volunteers will also be available to address any specific needs.
We also encourage everyone to ride their bike or ride the Rapid to Street Party. As a “thank you” for those who use alternative transportation to get downtown, guests will receive a free concession ticket. Bike parking will be provided by the Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition. Remember to bring a bike lock!
“Good for Grand Rapids” starts with supporting local. We can’t wait to celebrate the businesses and people who make Grand Rapids an amazing place to live during this year’s Street Party. For more information about Street Party, localfirst.com/events/street-party or save the date through our Facebook Event.
Learn more about “Good for Grand Rapids” at localfirst.com/sustainability/good-for-grand-rapids.