Pancake breakfast brings community together

Annual Graafschap Fire Department event is July 4.
Hundreds line up for the Graafschap Fire Department Pancake Breakfast at the fire station, 4534 60th St., on Tuesday, July 4, 2022.

The annual Graafschap Fire Department Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast offers great food and a great way to help the community.

The pancake breakfast is 6 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, at the fire station, 4534 60th St.

Organizers are asking for a $6 donation for adults and a $3 donation for children.

“The community support for not just the pancake breakfast, but the fire department in general, is humbling,” said Graafschap Fire Department Chief Doug DenBleyker. “We appreciate the trust the citizens have placed in us and their support of the fire millages that fund the department providing us the personnel and equipment needed.”

The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage links, coffee, milk and orange juice.

All fire trucks will be on display and firefighters will be on hand to answer questions. Information on fire safety, cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes, green address signs and recruiting information will also be available.

Donations will be collected and given to charities including Girls on the Run that teaches essential life skills with a blend of physical activity; Great Lakes Burn Camp at Pretty Lake Camp in Mattawan that promotes healing, self-esteem, confidence and general well-being for burn injured children; Tunnel to Towers Foundation that provides mortgage-free homes to Gold Star and fallen first responder families with young children and specially adapted smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans and first responders; Firefighter Cancer Support Network that provides assistance to cancer-stricken firefighters and their families; and Marine Corps Toys for Tots that provides toys, books and emotional support to children.

The Graafschap Fire Department Pancake Breakfast at the fire station, 4534 60th St., on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, brings in people of all ages.


The pancake breakfast started in 1968 as a way for the Graafschap Civic Club to raise money for a ball field. The fire department took over organizing and running the breakfast in 1991.

Last year’s event drew 1,265 to the fire station and raised $7,200.

In 2022, the breakfast had 1,406 people attend and raised about $7,400. In 2021, the event brought in 850 people and raised $4,679.

The Graafschap Fire Department serves all of Laketown Township and part of Fillmore Township. 

For more information, visit the fire department’s website.