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2013 Coast Guard Festival Grand Parade

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Photos from the 2013 Grand Parade, on Saturday, August 3. Photos by Don Rogers, Lighthouse Media

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Top 5 Family Favorites

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By Krystle Wagner kwagner@grandhaventribune.com   As young festival-goers flock to the area for the Coast Guard festival, there are plenty of activities to keep them entertained.   From crafts, parades and music, this year’s festival offers fun for all ages. Make sure to check out these Top 5 family-friendly events:     1. Parades and candy! Two parades are super ...

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Top 5 Must-Do Events


By Krystle Wagner kwagner@grandhaventribune.com   The Coast Guard Festival has something for everyone, whether you enjoy crafts, listening to music or learning about Coast Guard ships.   The week-long festival offers a jam-packed lineup of events. Here are five events you won’t want to miss:   1. Fireworks Extravaganza Some say the Saturday, Aug. 3, extravaganza is the best firework ...

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Visiting Ships


By Benjamin Perfect news@grandhaventribune.com   Coast Guard Festival just wouldn’t be the same without taking a tour of the Coast Guard boats coming into town. This year, Grand Haven will feature the USCGC Mackinaw, USCGC Mobile Bay, and the CCGC Private Robertson V.C.   The ships will sail into the Grand Haven port on Monday, July 29, and will offer ...

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Parade Highlights


By Matt DeYoung mdeyoung@grandhaventribune.com    Each year, the Meijer Grand Parade is a highlight of the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival.   Nearly 100,000 attend the yearly event as it makes its way north up Sheldon Road to Franklin, where it turns left and heads downtown to Second Street, up Washington Avenue to Seventh Street, where it turns back south ...

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Grand Finale


By Marie Havenga mhavenga@grandhaventribune.com   If you’re looking for a true blast, the Coast Guard Festival fireworks have a rocking reputation as some of the best around. Slated as the festival finale, the fireworks blast off from Dewey Hill directly across the river from Waterfront Stadium.   This year’s $34,000 show will skyrocket for close to 20 minutes, according to ...

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Get Thrilled!


By Marie Havenga mhavenga@grandhaventribune.com   Looking for a ticket to ride?   Check out the Coast Guard Festival carnival, that offers options for thrill-seekers and little ones alike. Carnival chairperson Scott Klaassen said the 70-foot-tall ferris wheel is a popular option for riders of all ages.   “It’s one of the tallest in the whole state,” Klaassen said. “You can ...

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Top Five Must-Do Activities


By MARIE HAVENGA mhavenga@grandhaventribune.com You didn’t stumble into this area by accident. You likely landed here because of the volumes-thick options in entertainment and recreation. Whether you enjoy sport fishing, shopping, bopping on a bike trail or sailing at sunset, you can dip your toes into the action. Although the choices are as vast as grains of golden sand, we’ll ...

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Top 10 Can’t Miss Festivals


By MARK BROOKY mbrooky@grandhaventribune.com   There should be no surprise at what is the No. 1 summer festival in our part of Ottawa County.   In fact, it’s one of the biggest festivals in the entire state, drawing estimated crowds of a quarter-million people or more to Grand Haven.   1. Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival This unique 10-day national ...

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Tradition of Celebration


By Marie Havenga mhavenga@grandhaventribune.com A 1924 private picnic has parlayed into a perennial party – and you’re all invited. When Coast Guard members and their families spread blankets and opened baskets at the old Coast Guard Station (the now private residence with a boat house on the north side of the channel), they never could have imagined it would explode ...

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