... Coast Guard Festival ...
The Festival unofficially began in 1924 as a Coast Guard personnel only
when the local Coast Guard station held rowing competitions for those
stationed in Grand Haven. The first festival began in 1937.
In August of 1971 it was officially recognized as Grand Haven Coast
Guard Festival, Inc
as a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
Grand Haven, Michigan was named
"Coast Guard City, USA"
by an Act of Congress
and signed by the President of the United States (Bill Clinton)
on November 13, 1998