Fountain Maintenance – Wave Nozzles Updated!

Our amazing volunteer crew worked very hard Saturday, April 17th, to update, rewire and plumb the 50 nozzles that make up Wave Feature of the Musical Fountain! We also had volunteers updating the software we use to run the fountain. The team is looking forward to powering up the fountain to test the updates and get it ready for a spring/summer show season.

Thank you, volunteers, for all the hard work!

2019 4th of July: The Music

We hope you enjoyed this years 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in Grand Haven! Were you wondering what some of the songs or artists were in this years show? You’re in luck! Here’s the full list of songs used in this years show:


Star Spangled Banner- Voctave

This Land is Your Land- Sam Hunt

Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly- Aaron Tippin

Moonlight and Madness-  Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Fourth of July- Fall Out Boy

Sing- Pentatonix

America the Beautiful- Leslie Odom

Born Free- Kid Rock

American Fanfare- United States Air Force Heritage of America Band & Douglas Monroe

Made in the USA- Demi Lovato

God Bless the USA- Home Free


Specs: New Musical Fountain Sound System

In March of 2019, the Grand Haven Musical Fountain Committee awarded the bid of the sale and installation of the new sound system to Pro Audio, Inc. of Grandville, Michigan. Kenneth Reinecke, owner of Pro Audio, is a long time Grand Haven resident who has previously service the [old] Grand Haven Musical Fountain sound system.


The new sound system will consist of JBL speakers, Crown amplifiers and Ashley processors. The current/old sound system installed at the fountain and has been in place for over 20 years is JBL. This gave the committee confidence in choosing JBL once as a replacement for the outdated system due to its long run.


Tops/Mains: The main speakers are JBL PD743i-215 three way loudspeaker system and consists of 6 drivers; Dual JBL 2432H 38mm exit compression drivers (high end), Dual JBL CMCD-82H cone midrange compression drivers (mid-range) and Dual JBL 2265H 15″ diameter dual voice coil (low end). There will be 4 of these speakers, one placed in the end buildings and 2 placed in the center buildings.


Bottoms/Subs: The low end sound will be through JBL ASH6118 folded 18″ subwoofer. There will be 16 of these subwoofers spread between all 3 …

Michigan’s Famous Fricano’s Opening Doors for Super Bowl Sunday – Proceeds to benefit the Musical Fountain

Grand Haven, MI (January 22, 2019) – The legendary and iconic Fricano’s Pizza Tavern is breaking its “never open on Sunday” tradition to help raise money for the Grand Haven Musical Fountain’s Sound Investment Campaign.

Fricano’s, the original and most famous pizzeria in Michigan, located at 1400 Fulton Street in Grand Haven, will be open from 2:30 to 7 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, 2019 for take-out orders only. Super bowl fans interested in ordering a pizza may do so by calling (616) 842-8640. The Grand Haven-based Fricano’s will be the only location participating in the fundraiser.

“Celebrating its 70th year, Fricano’s recognizes the longevity of the musical fountain and the tourism it brought to Grand Haven over the last 57 years,” says Jeanne Meyer, Manager at Fricano’s. “We felt this was a great opportunity to give back to the musical fountain, a Grand Haven tourism staple that helped put Fricano’s on the map.”

Fricano’s Pizza Tavern will donate the sale profit made on Super Bowl Sunday to the Musical Fountain Sound Investment Campaign. Football fanatics may place take-out orders after 5 p.m. any day prior to the Super Bowl and starting at 2pm on Super Bowl …

Progress Update for GHMF Fundraiser

Update from the Sound Investment fundraising campaign for the fountains new sound system: To date, $50,000 has been raised largely in part because of the efforts and generosity from groups such as Tri-Cities Women Who Give, 100 Men Who Give, WGHN and Winterfest. The Sound Investment campaign has also been pledged a commitment of up to $15,000 in funds from the City of Grand Haven matching the proceeds of the Eagles Auction during Winterfest 2019.  We also have received funds from numerous individual donors.


Also for the first time ever, the Grand Haven Musical Fountain is offering sponsorship opportunities for individuals or organizations. A multi-tier sponsorship program has been put together for individuals and organizations to choose from ranging from $2,500-$10,000. Each sponsorship is good for 1 season of the Grand Haven Musical Fountain which spans from May through September.


As a follower of the Fountain,  you can also help by making a donation of any size through the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. Please visit and select the “Musical Fountain Audio Project” as the designation of the funds.


Together we  can make the Grand Haven Musical Fountain the best it’s ever sounded! We thank all …

“A Sound Investment”

Date: August 15, 2018

Grand Haven Michigan


Grand Haven Musical Fountain Audio Fund Raising Project – “A Sound Investment”


The Grand Haven Musical Fountain Committee has kicked off a fund raising campaign for a new sound system for the iconic Grand Haven Musical Fountain.

The campaign goal is to raise $150,000 to replace the current, 25 year-old sound system and renovate the riverfront buildings that house the current system, improve overall sound quality and fidelity and ideally reduce the sound volume required to reach the almost ½ mile wide audience on the opposite riverbank!


The Grand Haven Musical Fountain has been entertaining audiences nightly from May through September each year on the Grand Haven riverfront for over 50 years free of charge.  Audiences have grown to hundreds during weekdays to sometimes thousands for newly developed themed shows such as Disney, Frozen and Pixar.


Over the past six years, the fountain infrastructure has been upgraded with new plumbing, new control systems, LED lighting, new control and choreography software and new “Helix” and “Wave” water features. Additionally, eight “themed’ shows have been produced since 2014 and the music playlist updated significantly.  The last major infrastructure component needing updating …

4th of July Fireworks Show

The 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in Grand Haven will take place on July 4, 2018 and is funded by the City of Grand Haven, Grand Haven Township and many area businesses and organizations. Thanks to all who contribute to one of West Michigan’s largest 4th of July fireworks displays!


To start the evening, the Armed Forces Medley, specifically recognizing those who have served or are currently serving in our Armed Forces, will play at 10:04pm. The main show will follow with a start time of 10:10pm. This year’s show will run approximately 28 minutes and will feature the Grand Haven Musical Fountain along with over 3000 fireworks.


Please remember that the placement of spot marking materials prior to 12:01 a.m. is prohibited. Items that may be used to mark a spot include blankets and sheets, golf tees and caution tape. Signs informing the public of this notice will be posted.


Please remember that no tents, sand bags, plastic tarps, duct tape, rocks, stakes or spray paint are allowed. Plastic tarps suffocate and kill the grass. Rocks and stakes present a tripping hazard. All plastic tarps, duct tape, rocks, or stakes placed in any public park or

The Grand Haven Musical Fountain Announces New “Create a Song” Feature

Grand Haven, MI (April 4, 2018) – Anyone can choreograph a concert with the new “Create a Song” software from The Grand Haven Musical Fountain. The new feature is now accessible on the front page of the Grand Haven Musical Fountain website.

“The new software is based off of the design of “Light-o-Rama,” a Christmas light show software that is widely used in that industry,” says Musical Fountain Committee Member Ryan Strayhorn. “We mainly adopted the timeline concept and made it our own. The timeline has 10 columns, 9 for lighting and 1 for water. This visual way of programming makes it fast and allows programmers to create incredible effects with both water and lighting.”

History of Grand Haven Musical Fountain

In 2006, the Grand Haven Musical Fountain released its first choreographer software, developed by engineers Brad Boyink and Jim Swarts. At the time, the software allowed both seasoned programmers and new programmers to perfectly synchronize the water and lighting to the music for the fountain. Since the original release of the software 12 years ago, many changes have been made to the fountain including new lighting and new water features, putting the previous software out of date.

Musical …

Grand Haven Musical Fountain Celebrates Memorial Day Weekend with Disney

Grand Haven, MI (May 24, 2016) – The Grand Haven Musical Fountain is excited to kick off the official start of summer and Memorial Day weekend with a themed show families are sure to love.

The Grand Haven Musical Fountain is a 25-minute synchronized water and light show accompanied with music of all varieties. Starting this Friday, shows will take place nightly through Labor Day weekend.

Saturday’s Disney-themed show will feature a few Disney favorites and will include songs from the movies “The Lion King”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Aladdin”, “Toy Story”, “Milan”, “Pocahontas”, “Tarzan”, “The Incredibles”, “Enchanted”, “Frozen” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

“We are excited for the new Musical Fountain themed show. Our themed Musical Fountain shows are truly crowd favorites,” said the Grand Haven City Mayor, Geri McCaleb. “We hope Grand Haven residents and those in surrounding communities will come and enjoy it.”

The Grand Haven Musical Fountain has two additional themed shows scheduled for June. On Saturday, June 11, the theme is “A Night at the Movies” – featuring songs from classic films such as “Star Wars”, “Back to the Future”, “Indiana Jones”, “Ghostbusters”, “Top Gun”, “Footloose”, “Beverly Hills Cop”, “Austin Powers”, “Grease”, …

The Grand Haven Musical Fountain Announces First Shows of 2016

Grand Haven, MI (May 5, 2016) – The Grand Haven Musical Fountain has been a staple of Michigan tourism for a half a century and this weekend it will be kicking off it’s 53rd season.

The Grand Haven Musical Fountain is a 25-minute synchronized water and light show accompanied with music of all varieties. The first shows of the year are set to begin at 10 p.m. on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7. Shows will take place on Fridays and Saturdays through Memorial Day and then nightly through Labor Day weekend.

“The opening of the 2016 Musical Fountain season is a sure sign that spring is here and summer is not far behind. The Musical Fountain has been a great part of the fabric of City of Grand Haven and a premier feature of Grand Haven’s waterfront for 50 years, “ says Grand Haven Mayor, Geri McCaleb. “As we move into the next 50 we are excited to see the new shows and features the fountain has in store for us.”

Here is the musical lineup for Friday and Saturday night’s shows:

Friday, May 5, 2016

Best Day of My Life – American Authors
Good to Be