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

You could soon create Musical Fountain shows


You could soon create Musical Fountain shows
City approves contract to produce new choreography software.

Via the Grand Haven Tribune – Alex Doty; July 14th, 2015

From pipes and computers to lights, the Grand Haven Musical Fountain has seen all sorts of improvements in the past few years.

The next improvement city officials will have completed is the installation of new choreography software for the fountain.

City officials recently approved a $19,750 contract with Apex Controls Inc. to develop the new software.

“That software enables anybody in the public to program a show for the fountain, submit it to our website — and, if it meets our criteria, it will be integrated into our song list for the fountain,” Grand Haven Facilities Manager Dan Vivian said. “We currently don’t have any way to do that.”

Vivian noted that there was software designed 10-15 years ago that allowed people to program for the fountain, but it has become obsolete.

“You can’t even download it on your computer anymore because it’s such an old piece of technology,” he said.

In 2013, the city teamed with Grand Valley State University on a project to develop new choreography software. Although a lot of …