Coast Guard Festival parade route and fireworks road closings

The annual Coast Guard Festival parade and fireworks extravaganza will create several street closings in the City of Grand Haven on Saturday.
Becky Vargo
Jul 31, 2013


The parade participants will be staging in the residential area near Lakeshore Middle School at 900 S. Cutler, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday. All streets within a 2-block radius will be closed to accommodate the staging area. In addition, no traffic will be allowed west of Eighth Street, on Washington, Franklin, Clinton and Pennoyer streets. 

At 10:30 a.m. the entire parade route will be closed and traffic will not be allowed in the parade route or the roadways immediately adjacent to the parade route. Public Safety officials are urging those residents on or near the parade route that are expecting guests, to have them arrive prior to 9 a.m. Once officers close the route (at 10:30 a.m.), no vehicles except parade participants and emergency vehicles will be allowed on the parade route. 

Harbor Avenue from First to Sherman, and all streets west of Fourth Street from Jackson to Franklin will be closed to traffic at approximately 6 p.m. to accommodate the expected crowds for the fireworks finale. Franklin and Columbus will become one-way for eastbound traffic to assist in relieving the vehicular traffic from the downtown area at the culmination of the fireworks. Franklin will also be the designated emergency vehicle route. One lane of traffic will be blocked off for emergency vehicle use only from U.S. 31 to First Street, from 6 p.m.-midnight. 

Finally, Third Street from Washington to Coho and all of Coho Drive from U.S. 31 will be closed to through traffic from Third Street to U.S. 31 for the Harbor Transit Park & Ride. This closure will take place from 9 a.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. Sunday. 



Despite a few "kinks" in the traffic system after the 4th of july and coast guard fireworks...It's a really nice flow system the city has put together blocking off all "cut thrus" and making becon blvd a one way in both directions except a few streets to where they will let you go eastbound, again a few kinks in this whole plan, im sure they will iron out in the future


Maybe not the best place for this comment, but I was downtown this evening and noticed that the parade nitwits are already laying down their crime scene tape and roping off sections of grassy areas between the sidewalk and street.
Wasn't there a proclamation issued a couple years back about not doing this very thing before Friday? or did that fall by the wayside and now we're back to a free-for-all again?


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