The World Famous Grand Haven Musical Fountain
Grand Haven Musical Fountain 2013 Season Schedule
2013 Schedule of Start Times
10:00 PM from May 24 through June 9
10:10 PM from June 10 through July 15
10:00 PM from July 16 through August 6.
9:50 PM from August 7 through August 17
9:30 PM from August 18 through September 1
8:30 PM on September 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21, and 27 & 28
*2013 Schedule as of May 15, 2013*
All starting times have been determined by selecting the very best time for viewing based upon darkness behind Dewey Hill.
A variety of titles and themes are presented daily for a 20 minute presentation. Waterfront events may alter the Fountain schedule.
For information regarding the program schedule, please contact the Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 616.842.4499.
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Musical Fountain Designer Leaves His Legacy
William Booth II, the engineer credited with making Grand Haven's Musical Fountain a true musical fountain, died Sunday at his home. He was 87.
Booth, a 59-year resident of Grand Haven, was a member of the original 18-member Musical Fountain Committee charged with making the concept of a musical fountain a reality. The fountain debuted May 30, 1963, and quickly became a major downtown tourist attraction.
Booth recalled when he, then Mayor William Creason and their wives were in a boat in the middle of the Grand River when the fountain gave its first performance on May 30, 1963. They all embraced and cried when the fountain worked as planned.
"We figured if it didn't work, or if people did not like it, we were going to have to hop a freight train and hightail it out of town," Booth said in a 1988 interview.
The Musical Fountain is credited with being the springboard for the redevelopment of Grand Haven's waterfront that now includes Bicentennial Park, Waterfront Stadium and the popular boardwalk linking the downtown with the south pier.
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January 09, 2008 - Muskegon Chronicle