West Michigan communities celebrate Labor Day with their own traditions

Posted at 12:00 PM, Sep 01, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– From parades to walks, West Michigan communities celebrated Labor Day in their own unique ways.

It may have been a day off for many, but there was no sleeping in for an ambitious crowd of walkers in Grand Rapids Monday.

For the ninth year, Mayor George Heartwell fired up hundreds as he kicked off the Grand Rapids Bridge Walk.

“A lot of pressure, a lot of pressure. I’m feeling it right now,” joked the Mayor before the walk.

It’s a spin-off of the annual Mackinac Bridge walk and the perfect option for those who want to stay local and enjoy what their city has to offer.

“We love the skyline, love being able to walk across the bridges and see all the people on both sides walking it,” said participant Tom VanderVoord.

From a five-mile trek to a walk that lasts not even five minutes, the Zeeland community geared up for one of the shortest walks to take place in the state: a 35-yard long walk across the Paw Paw Bridge.

There was a pre-walk stretch, water station at the halfway mark, and refreshments for the finish.

And, it’s quite possibly the loudest Labor Day parade around, the annual Zeeland Truck parade recognized the men and women in the rigs who help drive our economy.

Bob Plunder drives a truck for Herman Miller and came out to support his co-workers.

“I know a lot of the drivers so just coming out and showing support for the truck force and all the things they do.”