GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) - Thousands will flock to the lakeshore starting Friday to take part in the 89th annual Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven.
The festival started as a rowing competition between Coast Guard organizations and turned into an event with more than 350,000 people to honor Coast Guard men and women.
Watch the video above as 24 Hour News 8's Amanda Jarrett spoke with Michael Smith, the festival's Executive Director.
The festival starts Friday and runs through Aug. 4. There are a number of events scheduled for each day including:
- 7:30 a.m. - Coast Guard run
- 10:30 a.m. - Kid's parade starts at 5th and Franklin, heads west on Franklin to 1st Street, north on 1st Street to Washington then east on Washington to 5th Street.
- 11:45 a.m. - Free hotdogs are offered for lunch
- 7:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. - Cruise-in Car Show
- 1:00 p.m. - Ship arrival
A full list of festival events are available at the Coast Guard Festival website.
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