Check out the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival!

Grand Haven is known as “Coast Guard City U.S.A.” in recognition of its tremendous support to Coast Guard personnel over the years.

Every summer, the community demonstrates its special relationship by hosting one of the largest festivals in West Michigan — the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival.

In this video, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof highlights the festival’s activities, details how it has grown over the years and encourages families to come out and enjoy it.

The festival draws thousands of people to Grand Haven to celebrate the Coast Guard and to have fun with the family at its famous Lake Michigan beach or at a variety of activities — from parades to carnival rides to fireworks.

At the heart of the Coast Guard Festival is the National Memorial Service, which takes place in Escanaba Park at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5. It is open to the public and focuses on the brave members of the U.S. Coast Guard, especially those who have “passed over the bar” in the last year.

Visitors can also step on board a real Coast Guard ship for a tour through Saturday, Aug. 6. For a tour schedule, visit