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Coast Guard Festival parade route and fireworks road closings

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:58 PM
bvargo@grandhaventribune.com 616-842-6400 ext. 231

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. 

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