'Creative' fireworks show set for July 4

Dylan Goetz • Jun 30, 2018 at 9:00 AM

The Grand Haven fireworks show next week will feature plenty of surprises with a creative, synchronized design, according to City Manager Pat McGinnis.

The show, planned to start shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday, is funded by the city and Grand Haven Township. A number of businesses also chipped in for the $24,000 cost to stage the patriotic display, McGinnis said.

“We are very pleased with our partners to be able to put this on,” the city manager said. “There are always some surprises (at the show) and neat things that are going on.”

While the fireworks won’t begin until after Wednesday night’s Musical Fountain show, you might want to arrive at the waterfront much earlier if you plan to have a good spot to watch it all. But keep in mind that the city’s blanket policy states that “the placement of spot-marking materials prior to 12:01 a.m. (Wednesday) is prohibited.” The city does not let people mark off a viewing spot before July 4, and you may not use plastic tarps, tents or spray paint when you do.

“It’s a good problem to have,” McGinnis said. “It’s tradition in Grand Haven, even if it looks a bit like a refugee camp out there.”

The city will not hesitate to remove materials to enforce the blanket policy, McGinnis said, and there will be several signs with the rules posted.

According to Grand Haven Township’s fireworks ordinance from 2013, “a person shall not ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks” except the holiday and the day before and after. Also, even if it is a holiday, you cannot set off fireworks if an extreme fire danger exists, according to the township ordinance.

In 2012, communities including the City of Grand Haven and Spring Lake Township restricted fireworks to only holidays permitted by state law. Fireworks are permitted only on the day before, during and after approved holidays, and not between 1 and 8 a.m.

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