Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival 2024: The Ultimate Guide

Coast Guard Boat on Lake Michigan in Grand Haven
Discover everything you need to know to plan for the US Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, Michigan in 2024.


Heading to Grand Haven’s Coast Guard Festival in 2024 and searching for that perfect place to stay? Wondering about the schedule, tickets, parking, and local tips? Look no further! We’ve got you covered. Below, you’ll find a curated list of top-notch vacation rentals available for the festival, and we’ve gathered all the essential details you need for an unforgettable time. Discover the best spots to eat, drink, and celebrate right here!


2024’s Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven: Overview


2024 US Coast Guard Festival Dates & Schedule of Events: FAQs

When is Coast Guard Festival?

The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival 2024 begins on July 26th and ends on August 4th.

When do tickets go on sale?

You can purchase tickets for the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival 2024 on June 1st, 2024. In order to purchase tickets, visit

Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, Michigan - Event Schedule

Where can I find the event schedule, and which events are the best?

You can view a full list of events here, but the main stage events are available here. You can also learn about previous Coast Guard Festivals in 10 Must-See Events at Grand Haven’s Coast Guard Festival.

Where can I find Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival photos?

We suggest following the official Instagram and Facebook pages for pictures and updates.

Where can I park?

Everything you need to know about parking is listed here.

Where can I stay?

You’ll find a list of furnished rentals in Grand Haven and surrounding towns below, but you can also click the blue chat icon on the lower right corner of the screen to chat with our team for immediate booking assistance!


Coast Guard Week in Grand Haven: Where to Stay

From cozy cottages to spacious beachfront homes, we’ve got you covered. So, get ready to pack your bags and experience the excitement of the Grand Haven’s coast guard fest, while also enjoying the comfort and convenience of your own private vacation rental. Check out the following list of available vacation rentals during Grand Haven’s Coast Guard Festival. Please note that places to stay in Grand Haven are in high demand during the festival and book quickly. However, we’re proud to offer furnished rentals in the neighboring towns of Spring Lake and West Olive.

Make sure to check our website’s list of Grand Haven rentals, as we’re frequently offering new listings with open availability!


Places to Stay in Grand Haven During Coast Guard Week


Named America’s Happiest Seaside Town by Coastal Magazine, Grand Haven is home to sandy beaches and a restaurant-lined boardwalk that beckons visitors from all around. With wooded dunes and sweeping lake views, its landscapes are not to be missed. Make a point to see the infamous Grand Haven Lighthouse, take a historical trolley ride, or enjoy the seasonal musical fountain. Our rentals let you explore all the captivating characteristics of “Coast Guard City, USA.”

Sunset View: A 4-Bedroom Hilltop Wonder Perched Across from Grand Haven State Park Beach

Escape to Sunset View, a stunning vacation rental perched atop a hill, offering spectacular vistas of Lake Michigan. This four-bedroom, one-bathroom family home has been completely refreshed from floor-to-ceiling. The location of this vacation rental is unbeatable, since Lake Michigan is a short walk away. Relax and take in the stunning sunsets from the comfort of your own home, or explore the nearby attractions and activities that Grand Haven has to offer. Book your stay at Sunset View today during the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival! Currently, there is availability from July 28th-August 1st.

Four bedroom vacation rental in Grand Haven Michigan
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Sunset Retreat: Serene Lake Michigan Cottage Just Minutes from Downtown

Visitors will enjoy 260 feet of exclusive, seawall-guarded beachfront on Lake Michigan. Situated only a 10-minute drive from the heart of Grand Haven, this prime spot offers an ideal mix of city convenience and peaceful waterfront living with private Lake Michigan beach access. Near Grand Haven’s vibrant dining and shopping scene, yet this tranquil waterfront home promises pure relaxation. This delightful cottage, dating back to 1935, accommodates up to 10 guests.  Update: This vacation home is currently booked for the 2024 festival.


The Beach House: Adorable Vacation Home Within Walking Distance of Lake Michigan and Downtown Grand Haven

Meet “The Beach House”, a waterfront abode nestled opposite Grand Haven State Park. Here, Lake Michigan and its iconic lighthouse demand your gaze like nowhere else. The city’s thriving downtown is just a short stroll away.

Settle on the deck or terrace to bask in the view, or relax indoors. The lake’s beauty spills into the kitchen and living room, transforming the interior spaces. Fitted with two bedrooms, a bathroom, a full kitchen, and a spacious living area adorned with large windows, the house pledges comfort. In essence, this home positions you at the heart of Grand Haven, with the region’s best attractions right at your doorstep. This currently has availability from July 26th-August 1st.

Furnished Rentals in West Olive, Michigan with Availability During the Coast Guard Festival 2024


Situated right below Grand Haven, West Olive nestles against Lake Michigan’s coastline. This region is renowned for its expansive shoreline, the Pigeon River, plentiful public parks, and various golfing spots. Among its jewels is dog-friendly Kirk Park – a breathtakingly beautiful park in West Michigan. Wooden stairs snake through these dunes, leading to breathtaking vantage points over Lake Michigan. The park is a favored spot for West Michigan beach lovers, further sweetened by the addition of an off-leash dog beach at its southern tip. If you enjoy biking, you might enjoy the bike path running directly from West Olive to Grand Haven.

Below, you’ll find our current list of available lodging in West Olive during Michigan’s Coast Guard Festival 2024.

Blu Sky Retreat: Serene, Private 5-Bedroom Getaway Home with Private Fishing Pond

You’ll love this beautifully renovated home on several acres with its own fishing pond and a huge gathering space. It features a spacious, open layout for everyone to gather. Need to catch up on some emails? You’ll love the sunny three-season room has privacy and a dedicated workspace. And the kids will adore the upper-level kids’ oversized bunk room complete with a gaming area.

With its blend of leisure and excitement, you might find yourself wanting to stay forever. Test your fishing skills in the private pond, teeming with bass and bluegill. Moreover, host a memorable cookout using the dual large grills and savor your meal outdoors, enveloped by the serene woods. Nearby, Pigeon Creek beckons outdoor enthusiasts with its hiking and biking, as well as being a prime spot for boat and kayak launches. Conveniently, this property lies midway between Holland and Grand Haven, offering easy access to Coast Guard Fest events. After a day’s adventure at the festival, you have a peaceful haven to return to.


Treetops: Adorable Cottage with Private Steps to Lake Michigan

With comfortable sleeping for ten guests, a beautiful large deck directly on the shores of Lake Michigan, and a private beach, Treetops in West Olive is the perfect choice for a lakefront vacation. The cottage includes kayaks and paddle boards, so you can take full advantage of the lake. Take in the panoramic views of Lake Michigan while you sip your morning coffee, spend the day in the waves, and enjoy the sunset together from the deck to end your day—all in the comfort of Treetops. Update: This vacation home is currently booked for the 2024 festival.


Brand New Listings Near Grand Haven


The following short term rentals are great places to stay during coast guard festival week. Of course, this is largely because they’re close to Grand Haven and the festival. However, these freshly designed, renovated, and newly listed homes offer a heightened sense of luxury and relaxation.

Drift Away: Waterfront Cottage Near Grand Haven & Lake Michigan Access

This newly available waterfront cottage is just a stone’s throw from both Pigeon Creek and Lake Michigan. Sandy beaches and water sports are at your fingertips, with stunning sunsets a mere stroll away. There are many boat rental options nearby. In essence, this place offers a perfect balance between comfort, convenience, and natural beauty. It’s the ideal choice for a memorable getaway. Beyond the lakes, you’ll find first-class shopping, amazing dining options, and entertainment in both Downtown Grand Haven and Downtown Holland. Perfect for those who wish to attend the Coast Guard Festival’s events daily!

Dune Crest: Freshly Renovated Lakefront Cottage

Completely renovated throughout, you and your family will love the private beachfront, rolling dunes and endless sunsets. This lakefront cottage features four bedrooms and two and a half baths. A cozy family room and enchanting front porch complete the idyllic vacation rental. In additional to private association beach access, multiple bike trails abound nearby. In other words, biking to the Coast Guard Fest (and avoiding traffic!) is definitely an option.

View of Lake Michigan, sand dunes, and beach grass from vacation home's private balcony
Enjoy unmatched vistas at Dune Crest. Follow the link for more!

Whispering Sands: Stunning 4-Bedroom Lakefront Vacation Home with Unforgettable Design

At Whispering Sands, Lake Michigan beach access is just a short walk away at local public access points. The views are breathtaking! The unique modern, hexagonal-shaped retreat offers views of Lake Michigan. Due to its proximity to Grand Haven, attending the Coast Guard Fest is easy, and you’ll have a quiet place to return to each evening. You’ll also find highly sought-after entertainment, dining, and shopping options for the entire group in nearby Holland. This vacation rental is currently available from July 28-August 1.


Sheldon Shores: Stunning Multi-Level Lake Michigan Furnished Rental Steps from Lake Michigan Beach Access

Yet another new listing is Sheldon Shores, a creatively designed Michigan lake house for rent. It features a bright, coastal-themed open floor plan, well-equipped kitchen, and a comfy indoor living space. But the expansive deck offers the most unforgettable views. Upstairs, three cozy bedrooms promise peaceful slumber, including a primary suite with a private deck, while the bonus third-floor sanctuary and spacious yard with a playhouse and fire pit ensure relaxation and fun steps from the beach.

Extensive bike trails abound – including (you guessed it) trails leading directly to the US Coast Guard Festival 2024. Additionally, the association offers a popular pickle ball court, tennis courts, beach volleyball, and athletic fields for lawn games. Another association benefit is the shared sunset deck, which is located just below the cottage for community gatherings or morning yoga. Update: This vacation home is currently booked for the 2024 festival.

Newly Listed Vacation House Near Lake MIchigan Access in Michigan
You can view the full listing here.

Where to Stay During Coast Guard Fest 2024: Lakefront Rentals in Spring Lake, MI

Enjoy the fun of Grand Haven without the hustle and bustle of staying downtown. View Pointe is in the quaint Village of Spring Lake, a wonderful place to explore just a five-minute drive across the Grand Haven Drawbridge. Bring your bikes and take an exhilaratingly scenic ride around Spring Lake on the bike path that runs right behind the Lake Pointe condos. Head into Grand Haven for shopping, restaurants, mini-golf, charter fishing, walks along the Boardwalk, and of course the beautiful white-sand beaches. Bringing your boat? Reserve transient mooring at one of the surrounding marinas and have your boat available for cruising right into Grand Haven to avoid searching for a parking spot!

Below, you’ll find our (currently) available listings for even more places to stay during the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival this summer!

Nautical Pointe: Marina View Condo w/Pool Access & Close to Downtown!

This condo has it all – beautifully decorated with spectacular views of the Marina all around! You are located within a short 5-minute drive from downtown Grand Haven. Enjoy the peace and quiet while still being close enough to all the action! The perfect location just on the other side of the drawbridge, this Spring Lake condo includes a spectacular view of the marina, complimentary use of the marina pool for all guests at Barrett Marina, easy access to downtown Grand Haven and is within walking distance to restaurants and local shops and parks.



Elegant Condo Rental in Spring Lake with Lake Views
This Spring Lake condo includes a spectacular view of the marina, complimentary use of the marina pool for all guests at Barrett Marina, easy access to downtown Grand Haven for the festival! Book now.


New Listing! Channel Pointe: Spring Lake Condo Convenient to Everything

Just on the other side of the bridge, this Spring Lake condo includes pool access via Barrett Marina, easy access to downtown Grand Haven and is within walking distance to restaurants and local marinas. Channel Pointe is located on the third floor of the Lake Pointe Condos, and there is an elevator for convenient loading and unloading. This beautiful two-story condo features three bedrooms and three full baths to comfortably accommodate up to eight guests. Located alongside Spring Lake Harbour, this area is a popular destination for anyone looking to enjoy access to Lake Michigan and downtown Spring Lake and Grand Haven. Guests are provided access to the nearby Barrett’s Marina pool.


Ferrysburg Lodge: Updated Home with Easy Access to Local Attractions

Welcome to your home away from home! This charming four-bedroom former duplex, nestled in a prime location, is the perfect home base for your vacation plans. With four bedrooms, three baths, and multiple living areas, this spacious haven offers comfort and convenience, making it an ideal getaway for families or groups of friends.

The Pilot House: Modern Luxury on Spring Lake with Private Dock for Your Boat!

This custom built home has everything you need for a dream lake vacation. Conveniently located in Spring Lake area with spectacular water views. Tucked in a quiet, quaint neighborhood you will feel right at home. This home is situated on a corner lot with plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors. The deck is the perfect spot to enjoy coffee in the morning or an evening sunset over the lake. The entrance of this home has a conveniently located laundry room and half bath before entering the heart of the home. The sprawling kitchen has everything you need and is opened to the living room and dining area with spectacular water views of Spring Lake. The living room opens up to the outdoors with a sliding wall to the deck overlooking the lake. There’s plenty of room for everyone in this beautiful custom built home.

View Pointe: Elegant 2-Story Lakeside Condo

This upscale, 2-story condo features 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths to comfortably accommodate 6 guests, and every room in the residence is impeccably styled with a lakeside flair that perfectly embodies the area’s natural beauty. Enjoy expansive views of Spring Lake and the marina from each large picture window and balcony in the condo. Three cozy bedrooms are smartly spaced across the 2 levels for privacy as needed. The bright and airy main en-suite king bedroom is upstairs featuring a gas fireplace and balcony overlooking the lake – a perfect spot to enjoy morning coffee or after dinner drinks.

Places to Stay Near Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival
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Coast Guard Week in Grand Haven: How to Get the Most Out of Your Grand Have Coast Guard Festival 2024 Vacation


Michigan’s US Coast Guard Festival is the perfect opportunity to explore more of West Michigan’s charming beach towns! Consider visiting nearby vacation spots, either before or after the festival. Since the towns are so close to each other, we’d love to share various vacation activities to give you a little nudge to enjoy everything we have to offer in our lovely great lakes state!

Please consider the following recommendations for things to do in and near Grand Haven:


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US Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven 2024

If you’re planning to attend Grand Haven’s Coast Guard Festival in 2024,  and you still haven’t found the perfect vacation rental, we’re here to help. Make sure to bookmark this article, since we’ll be updating it with more lodging options and festival news regularly.

It’s important to act fast to secure your ideal rental.  Get ready to experience the excitement of the Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven while enjoying the comfort and convenience of your own private vacation rental! All properties are locally managed by BVW Unsalted Vacations Property Management. We provide a starter kit of paper products, toiletries, hospitality-grade linens and much more.

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