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 Alive – Andy Grammer
Dare You – Hardwell
Geronimo – Sheppard
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Shut Up and Dance – Walk The Moon

Saturday, May 6, 2016

Waka Waka – Shakira
Sugar – Maroon 5
Hedwig’s Theme – Harry Potter Soundtrack
What I Like About You – 5 Seconds of Summer
Dare You – Hardwell
Reflections Of Earth – Jerry Goldsmith

Themed shows taking place in 2016 include “Disney Favorites,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “A Night at the Movies.” Shows can be viewed at the Waterfront Stadium, 101 N. Harbor Drive, or in the grassy areas surrounding the stadium. The audio is also broadcast on 88.7 FM for those who prefer to watch from their cars.


The Grand Haven Musical Fountain is a synchronized water and light show accompanied with music of all varieties. Each 25-minute show features a variety of well-known music and plays daily at dusk from Memorial Day through Labor Day as well as Fridays and Saturdays in May and September. The fountain is maintained and operated through the support of the City of Grand Haven as well as generous donations by our valued guests.

Designed by a local engineer, William Morris Booth II (who is also the patent holder), and built in 1962 by volunteers at an estimated cost of $250,000, this fountain was based on a Przystawic musical fountainshow seen in Germany and was the largest musical fountain in the world when it was built; holding the title until 1998 with the installation of the WET Design built Bellagio Fountains at the Bellagio Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, NV.

Each show is programmed by hand and even the simplest of programs used to create shows for this fountain can be very time consuming. In fact, choreographing one three-minute song can take up to 10 hours. The musical fountain shows average 1,500 commands per song, with some reaching as high as 6,000 lighting and or water commands in a single song.  Some of the modern themed shows contain as many as 17,000 water and lighting commands over a 25-minute program. For more information about the musical fountain, please visit The Grand Haven Musical Fountain Official Website. Grand HavenMusical Fountain photos are available for use by the media by clicking here. A video time lapse can also be found by clicking here. Please include a photo and video courtesy for the City of Grand Haven.



Grand Haven Musical Fountain Committee

Jamie Goswick