Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival begins


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — Coast Guard Festival kicks off Friday in Grand Haven and is expected to attract thousands to the area over the next ten days.

The popular festival features live music, parades, fireworks, and plenty of food.

Coast Guard Festival starts at 10 a.m. Friday with the Lighthouse Quilt Guild. Spectators can also check out Festival Idol at the Waterfront Stadium Friday at 7 p.m. Admission is three dollars.

On Saturday there is a kids parade at 10:30 a.m., along with a hot dog lunch and live music.

The cruise-in car show is happening on Sunday from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 pm. featuring antique, class, vintage, and muscle cars. Free ship tours will also be available July 28 through August 2.

The highly-anticipated fireworks show will be shot off from Dewey Hill across the channel on August 2.

The Coast Guard Festival brings in more than 350,000 people to Grand Haven every year.

Grand Haven is known as “Coast Guard City U.S.A.” in recognition of its special relationship with the longest continuous seagoing service of our nation. The first cutter home ported in Grand Haven was USCGC Escanaba.

The Coast Guard Festival dates back to its unofficial start in 1924, honoring the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The festival runs from July 25 to August 3.

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>>Online: Coast Guard Festival Events Schedule

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