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Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw
Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw  has been a favorite at the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival for over 50 years, a record for a vessel's presence at the annual event. Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

Coast Guard Festival

This celebration of the U.S. Coast Guard and its ships has been held in Grand Haven since 1935. Events include nightly waterfront musical entertainment, ship tours of active Coast Guard cutters, Kids' Day events, a spectacular carnival, and the crowning of Miss Coast Guard USA and a festival prince and princess. Starting with a small community picnic in 1924, it has grown to ten days and nights.

Originally submitted by: Peter Hoekstra, Representative (2nd District).

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