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Your Guide to the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

There's a lot planned for Coast Guard City, USA, this week. Here's the activities you can expect to enjoy:

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — The 2022 Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven is here!

The festival runs July 29 through August 7 and will feature events that are both somber and celebratory.  

From ship tours and parades to tribute bands and a national memorial service, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  

13 ON YOUR SIDE is a proud sponsor of the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival. 

Here's a quick rundown of events: 


There are three parades this year. Here's when you can expect them:

Kids Parade: Saturday, July 30 at 10:30 a.m. 

Parade of Ships: Monday, Aug. 1 at 1 p.m.

Grand Parade: Saturday, Aug. 6 at 11:45 a.m. 

Other Events 

This summer festival offers an event for just about everyone, from the kids parade, to concerts, to a softball tournament. 

Cardboard Boat Race

Saturday, July 30 at 1:30 p.m.

Ship Tours

Various times Monday through Friday. Check out the list here.

Ultimate Air Dogs 

Tuesday, Aug. 2. Shows at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 pm. 

Tickets cost $7. 

For a list of festival forms and applications, click here. 

You can check out a full list of events here


Parking Locations:

• Ferry Elementary School (Grand Haven)
• Griffin Elementary School (Grand Haven)
• Trinity Reformed Church (Grand Haven)
• First Christian Reformed Church (Grand Haven)
• First Baptist Church (Spring Lake)
• All Shores Wesleyan Church (Spring Lake)
• Ferrysburg City Hall

Downtown Drop-Off Location:

• 3rd Street and Columbus Ave

The park-and-ride will be available from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2022.

Note: Harbor Island will not be used as a parking location this year, organizers said.

You can download a parking map here.


Honoring the men and women of the United States Coast Guard is deeply rooted in Grand Haven. 

The Coast Guard Sector Field Office facility is located at 601 S Harbor Drive. 

According to organizers, the festival began as a picnic with Coast Guard personnel only. Today, the festival brings more than 350,000 people to West Michigan to take part in the celebration. 

In 1998, Congress and the President officially honored Grand Haven with the designation of "Coast Guard City, USA."

You can learn more about the history of the Grand Haven Coast Guard here.

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