Top 5 things to do this weekend

The 2014 Coast Guard Festival hits its pinnacle this weekend, with the big parade and fireworks show on Saturday.
Mark Brooky
Jul 31, 2014


(1) Coast Guard Festival Grand Parade — beginning at about noon Saturday. The dignitaries roll through beginning at 11:45 a.m., followed by arguably what is West Michigan’s best and biggest parade. The route that begins on Sheldon Road by the Church of the Dunes snakes through downtown and ends back at Lakeshore Middle School. You’ll know it’s over when you see the Scottville Clown Band. CLICK HERE for the city's policy on marking spots for the parade and fireworks show.

(2) Coast Guard Festival Fireworks Extravaganza— Saturday night after the Musical Fountain show, along the city’s waterfront. Hark Up performs at Waterfront Stadium ($20 admission) starting at 8 p.m.

(3) Entertainment tents — The local VFW and Eagles clubs will be rocking Friday and Saturday with live bands. The VFW, 20 N. First St., is open from 3 p.m. to midnight Friday, and from morning to midnight Saturday. The Eagles tent, 20 N. Second St., opens at 7 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday.

(4) National Memorial Service — 4 p.m. Friday at Escanaba Park. This moving tribute to Coast Guard personnel who died in the line of duty during the past year puts the focus on what the festival is really all about. Also, the Coast Guard Auxiliary Memorial Service is at Escanaba Park at 11 a.m. Friday.

(5) Worship on the Waterfront — 7:30-8:45 p.m. Sunday at Waterfront Stadium. Sidewalk Prophets lead the musical worship that will bring this year’s festival to a close. Admission is free; free-will offering will be taken.

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Mark! You forgot the special presentation of the Grand Haven Musical Fountain's Disney themed show that will be playing for its third and final time on Friday, August 1st at 10pm. 12 songs from everyones favorite Disney films crammed into this 27 minute performance.

Also, just a heads up for next Saturday, the 9th...

There will be yet another special performance of the Grand Haven Musical Fountain that is unlike anything ever played on the fountain. For the Michigan Pirate Festival, pirates will invade the waterfront stadium as the GHMF plays a fully-themed Pirate show. It is 26-minutes of totally seamless and VERY powerful soundtrack. It is the most complex show the fountain has EVER played, and has many new water features that have never before been seen on the fountain (especially in the sweep movements). These features are new functions that have been programmed into the fountain during the upgrades last year, but have not been used until now! There are 16,387 individual water and lighting commands in this show, and it took me 637 hours to mix the soundtrack and program it. I am hoping everybody comes down to check it out. It starts at 9:50pm on August 9th.


Time for the whole town to get Jazzed up!!


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