MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Campgrounds on the lakeshore are pretty much full, as people from all over West Michigan settle in for the Fourth of July and a busy weekend of activities.

From the Here's to the Heroes celebration, to the Lakeshore Art Festival, there's lots to do in Muskegon. There will be music from 4-9 p.m. Friday at Heritage Landing, plus fireworks at 10:30 p.m.

A city worker there is welcoming visitors in his own special way. "I am going to put a flag on the mower today," explained Randy Schneider of the City of Muskegon Department of Public Works. He says he's reminding drivers arriving on the lakeshore of the meaning of Independence Day.

To him, that meaning is "just the freedom of living in this great country."

Schneider is the city's flag man, making sure Old Glory is properly displayed at all city buildings. He says the flag, this country, and freedom are something we should all cherish.

"I just have had lot of people waving and giving me the thumbs up. It is just good to be American."

It's a good weekend to celebrate, too, with great weather in the forecast. Matt Schwemin at Muskegon State Park sums up the conditions: "70 degrees, and that is not too hot, and not too cool."

Both Muskegon State Park campgrounds are full, and Schwemin says that's probably the case all along the lakeshore, with a "lot of campers out and about. We expect a lot of day-use folks out the next couple of days," too.

Campers at Muskegon State Park will be able to watch fireworks over Muskegon Lake Friday night. They are the ones who made reservations months ago. To get a spot here on the Fourth of July next summer, start planning right after Christmas.

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Schwemin said if you're planning early, there are a couple of options, "and they are to call, six months in advance, to the 1-800-44PARKS hot line number, or jump online" to

Park rangers remind campers to leave class A, B, and C fireworks at home, and bring just the small stuff. "Bring novelty fireworks," Schwemin said. "We allow sparklers and smoke bombs -- anything like that. Those are considered novelty."

Also in Muskegon, the Lakeshore Art festival will fill Hackley Park and downtown Friday and Saturday, with 250 art and craft exhibitors. And the Budweiser Clydesdales are in town all weekend at Heritage Landing.

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