The World Famous Grand Haven Musical Fountain

World's Largest Musical Fountain of its Kind
 
A synchronized water and light show accompanied with music of all varieties. Each 20-minute show features a different theme. Different shows play daily at sunset from Memorial Day thru Labor Day; Fridays and Saturdays only in May and September. Best viewed from Waterfront Stadium; however the Fountain can be easily experienced 1/4 mile either side on the Grand Haven Boardwalk. Built in 1963, it is the world's largest Musical Fountain of its kind with the only fountain comparable fountain being those at the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas, NV.

Grand Haven Musical Fountain 2014 Season Schedule

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Musical Fountain - Photo by Ed Post

2014 Schedule of Start Times

10:00 PM
Before Memorial Day - May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24
After Memorial Day, nightly shows May 26 - June 9

10:10 PM
Nightly shows June 10 through July 15

10:00 PM
Nightly shows July 16 through August 6

9:50 PM
Nightly shows August 7 through August 17

9:30 PM
Nightly shows August 18 through August 30

8:30 PM
After Labor Day - September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

*Schedule as of April 7, 2014*

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

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William Booth II

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.

Click the link below for the rest of the story.

January 09, 2008 - Muskegon Chronicle

http://blog.mlive.com/chronicle/2008/01/musical_fountain_designer_dead.html


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