GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — The city of Grand Haven is getting ready for another Coast Guard Festival this weekend.
The weeklong festival in Grand Haven, which has earned the moniker “Coast Guard City, USA,” features parades, races, live music and more.
The event is held every year to honor the men and women who serve in the U.S. Coast Guard. It started 99 years ago as a picnic at the Coast Guard station in Grand Haven and has evolved into a festival that draws some 350,000 people from across the country.
“It started first as just a friendly boat race between the Coast Guard station. They would race across the channel. Then it started adding on every year and it started to become more of an event having parades and concerts,” Annie Lengkeek, director of marketing for the Coast Guard Festival, said.
The festivities will start Friday with a Queen tribute band performance and will keep going throughout the next week before wrapping up on Aug. 5 with a fireworks show.
“We are the festival of tribute bands. If you want to come out and see some of your favorite bands in a tribute style, this is the place to do it,” Lengkeek said.
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