Grand Haven, MI
Grand Haven is a Michigan city on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, known for its sandy beaches. A shop and restaurant lined boardwalk runs along the harbor to Grand Haven State Park beach and the south pier, home to the 1839 Grand Haven Lighthouse. The seasonal Grand Haven Musical Fountain features synchronized light and water shows.
A trail with lake views winds through wooded dunes at Rosy Mound Natural Area.
Grand Haven is home to the United States Coast Guard's "Sector Field Office Grand Haven." The first Coast Guard presence in the city was in 1924. Grand Haven hosts the annual Coast Guard Festival, a celebration based on Coast Guard Day, which draws U.S. and Canadian vessels along with parades of bands and other activities, including a memorial to the 101 sailors lost in the Escanaba sinking. The yearly attendance for this event exceeds 300,000 people over the two-week period of the festival. Grand Haven is the first city officially designated as Coast Guard City, USA by an act of Congress signed by President Bill Clinton.