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City: No saving fireworks spots until July 4

Alex Doty • Jun 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM

The annual Fourth of July fireworks display brings thousands of people to downtown Grand Haven, but city officials say not to get there too early.

The public is invited to mark their viewing spots along the waterfront beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 4, in Bicentennial Park, Chinook Park, Escanaba Park and elsewhere along the waterfront. The placement of spot-marking materials prior to 12:01 a.m. is prohibited.

“(The) policy is the same as in years past,” Grand Haven Community Affairs Manager Char Seise said. “Signs will be posted and the information will be on the city website and Facebook page, as well as the (Department of) Public Safety Facebook page.”

People are allowed to mark spots using blankets and sheets, golf tees and caution tape. Officials say that items such as tents, sandbags, plastic tarps, duct tape, rocks, stakes or spray paint aren’t allowed. Plastic tarps suffocate and kill the grass, and rocks and stakes present a tripping hazard.

All prohibited items that are placed in public parks or on city property will be removed by city staff, officials said.

There are also limits on where boaters can moor their vessels on July 4. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department Marine Patrol will clear the Grand Haven seawall of all boat traffic at noon Monday. No mooring will be allowed along the seawall after that time.

Boats may once again moor along the seawall after 1 a.m. Tuesday, July 5.

 

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