Top 5 things to do this weekend

No surprise here: The annual Coast Guard Festival dominates the weekend, Aug. 2-4.
Mark Brooky
Aug 1, 2013

(1) Coast Guard Festival Grand Parade — 11:45 a.m. Saturday in downtown Grand Haven. Regular parade-goers won't be surprised by the big gap after the dignitaries lead off the parade. They have to take time to be seated in front of City Hall. Look for the Tribune float this year! Remember, Harbor Transit has a shuttle service from Harbor Island and several Park & Ride locations in the Tri-Cities (download the PDF in the Related File at the bottom of this story).

(2) Coast Guard Festival Fireworks — Saturday night from Dewey Hill. As always, it follows the night's Musical Fountain performance at dusk. Like the parade, follow the city's guidelines for spot marking — it's all in the PDF at the bottom of this story (see Related File). And be patient when leaving town; there's a lot of people and it always takes a long time.

(3) National Coast Guard Memorial Service — 4 p.m. Friday at Escanaba Park. This is always a moving tribute to the Coast Guard personnel who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. A survivor from a Dec. 2, 2012, attack on a Coast Guard ship off the coast of California will be a special guest. If you've never gone to this, plan to do it this year!

(4) Ship tours — Through Saturday at Escanaba Park. The Mackinaw and Mobile Bay and a Canadian cutter are docked for free tours. There's some security guidelines. Tours are 10 a.m. to noon, 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

(5) What else? —  The First Friday Opening Reception at Gallery Uptown, 201 Washington Ave., Grand Haven, begins at 5:30 p.m. ("Woodworking, Woodcut and Woodland Artist"). The VFW Post 2326, 20 N. First St., Grand Haven, will host a pancake breakfast from 7-10 a.m. Saturday ($7 for adults, $4 for ages 12 and younger). Jason Gray leads this week's Worship on the Waterfront, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Sunday at Waterfront Stadium, downtown Grand Haven (free).

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well obviously there are alot of folks who haven't read the blanket policy based on my time spent downtown in the last two days. Half of Bicentennial park was marked off already this afternoon as were spots along the parade route.
Why issue this proclamation if they're not gonna enforce it?

Tri-cities realist

Typically the late night bar crowd enforces the policy by removing or re-distributing the blankets... A new take on "community policing"

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