Grand Haven, MI – The annual Independence Day fireworks show, hosted by the City of Grand Haven, will be taking place on Saturday, July 1, 2023, instead of July 4th. The date change was prompted by the availability of qualified fireworks display companies following notice in the spring by the City’s previous fireworks provider that they would not be able to put on the Grand Haven show this year.

The annual fireworks display takes place along Grand Haven’s waterfront where boaters and spectators enjoy the thrilling show, which is coordinated with the much-beloved Musical Fountain. After consultation with our Musical Fountain programming team, the City was able to locate a commitment from Pyrotecnico Fireworks to put together the kind of high-quality fireworks show that the community and visitors have come to enjoy each year.

The City of Grand Haven intends to return the show to July 4th in future years.

If you have any questions regarding this Press Release, please contact Dana Kollewehr, Special Events & Project Manager, at 616-847-3493. Thank you.

Dated: Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Posted: Wednesday, June 7, 2023

4th of July Blanket Policy

The City of Grand Haven invites the public to place blankets, chairs and other spot marking materials on all public property to reserve space for the fireworks after 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 30th, 2023. Materials placed before midnight will be removed by City crews.

Please remember that no plastic tarps, duct tape, rocks, stakes, sand bags or spray paint are allowed for reserving spots. Plastic tarps suffocate and kill the grass. Rocks and stakes present a tripping hazard. All plastic tarps, duct tape, rocks, or stakes placed on any public park or property at anytime will be removed by the City of Grand Haven.

Please do not mark spots on sidewalks, boardwalks or parking lots for blanket placement or chairs.

The Ottawa County Sheriff patrol will clear the seawall of all boat traffic on Saturday, July 1st, 2023 at 6 pm. No mooring will be allowed along the seawall after that time. Boats may moor on the seawall after 12:01 am. on Sunday, July 2, 2023.

Boaters should be aware that all vessels moored along the seawall during the 4th of July weekend, Friday, June 30-July 2nd, 2023 will need to be registered at the Municipal Marina and obtain an overnight mooring permit. There is a $60 charge per day for the permit to stay. Rafting will be limited to only three vessels from the seawall. Any vessel moored or rafted on the seawall during these dates that is NOT registered will be asked to leave.

Enjoy the festivities as we pay homage to the freedoms and independence that we enjoy today.