Others contribute to fireworks

The village doesn’t have cash to contribute to the Grand Haven Fourth of July fireworks display, but they’re pulling from their liquid assets to make a donation.
Marie Havenga
Apr 22, 2014

At the suggestion of Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis, Village Council has agreed to donate the use of five boat slips at Mill Point Park toward the estimated $22,000 show.

The donation is being made since village residents also attend and enjoy the annual Independence Day sky show.

Grand Haven has a similar relationship with the Coast Guard Festival Committee. Each year, the city donates a number of marina slips and the committee uses the proceeds toward festival expenses.

The village normally provides Mill Point Park slips free of charge for transient daytime use, but Village Manager Chris Burns said Grand Haven would consider charging $100 per slip for overnight use on July 4 and during the Coast Guard Festival.

Village Councilman Dave Bennett said he’s in favor of the slip donation as long as Grand Haven is in charge of logistics, including slip reservations and fee collection.

“They can put whatever fee they want on it,” Bennett said.

But unlike Grand Haven Municipal Marina slips that have amenities such as electricity and water, Mill Point Park moorage is bare-bones.

The slips are on the west side of the gangplank off from the park. The slips on the east side are rented on a seasonal basis.

Grand Haven Township likely will donate $7,500 to $10,000 to the fireworks display, according the Township Manager Bill Cargo. Spring Lake Township and the City of Ferrysburg have not discussed contributions, according to leaders in those municipalities.

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Turn the drawbridge into a toll bridge for one night to collect the funds. But don't charge the drivers charge the boats that pass through the draw bridge.


I hope you mean boats that require the bridge to go up!


As I recall, they do not raise the bridge from something like 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. the night of the fireworks...(or is this just Coast Guard Fireworks night?)


My boat fits, so they can leave it down. :)


mine too, i have paddles !!!


This seems wrong on a number of different levels!

I'm a Spring Lake resident. I pay taxes. Those slips are as much mine as anyone else's (who lives in Spring Lake). I should not have to pay to use them, and I should not have to put up with some out-of-towner chewing up the space so Grand Haven can get a couple of grand for fire works!!!

Not to mention that the water is so shallow there (recent water levels will help) that anyone with a decent sized boat will have issues getting in and out.

Raise the slips rates at the Grand Haven municipal marina and stay out of Spring Lake!


How much will Grand Haven be sending to Spring Lake for the Heritage Festival fireworks? I see lots of folks from Grand Haven enjoying them every year. Many of our local leaders are so misguided.


deeg - that's so true about the Heritage Festival... there are a lot of people from Grand Haven who enjoy the free summer festivities in SL, and we don't ask for money. There are thousands of people who come from ALL around to see the fireworks in GH and I haven't heard of all of the inland cities having to contribute to the fireworks. I understand fireworks are expensive, but if everyone attending would donate a buck or two, that would help a lot.


Incorrect about Ferrysburg. That Council already said "no" to contributions for fireworks.


Fireworks contain rocket fuel which gets into our systems and has been found in the breast milk of nursing mothers. Rocket fuel is also in the contrails of jets. We certainly don't need any more of it polluting our local environment:

However mother's milk is still best for baby:


i am not sure what you want, aprilmayjune ?

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