Grand Haven Annual Coast Guard Festival
Parades, memorials, picnics, carnival rides, fireworks, car show, craft fair and the list goes on. The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is an annual celebration of all things Coast Guard. The downtown stretch of Washington Street is home to the carnival while the waterfront is dotted with lots of tasty food treats – if you have an annual carny food splurge this is the place to do it!
The boardwalk will be a bustle with foot traffic leading attendees to and from the lighthouse, beach, ship tours and downtown. The waterfront stadium, also along the boardwalk, is host to a variety of musical entertainment acts as well as a fun water ski show. The community welcomes a wonderful mix of Coasties, residents, visitors and local/state dignitaries. If people watching were a sport this would be the Olympics! Come with family and friends or make new ones. Many new friendships have been forged via Coast Guard Festival – trust us, it’s quite the bonding experience.
Honoring Our Men, Woman and Families Of The US Coast Guard
The focus of the annual Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is the National Coast Guard Memorial Service honoring those who sacrificed their lives in the service of their country while fulfilling their motto “SEMPER PARATUS” (“Always Ready”). Each year since the first picnic in 1924 and the first festival in 1937, we have celebrated our heroes, the men and women of the United States Coast Guard with fun filled family events at the annual Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival.