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(WZZM)- Celebrate the last weekend of July with one of these great family-friendly events.

The 89th Annual Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival kicked off on Friday, but there is still plenty of fun to be had. Disney is leaving its mark this year, showcasing its new video game initiative, Disney Infinity. The game is available for preview all festival long, and it is free to try out. You can find Disney Infinity along the waterfront, behind 1 South Harbor Drive.

Saturday, children can skip, laugh, and play along with the annual kids' parade. The parade theme is dedicated to the U.S. Coast Guard Band. The parade starts at 5th Street and Franklin at 10:30 a.m.

At 1 p.m., Fantazia hits Waterfront Stadium with a free performance. Fantazia is a "family-friendly, fun-filled, fabulously festive circus" that will surely delight even the youngest and oldest members of the family.

Sunday, the Cruise In Car Show starts at 7:30 a.m. in Downtown Grand Haven along Washington Avenue.

There is also a pancake breakfast, provided by the Grand Haven Rotary Club and a community picnic, hosted by the City of Ferrysburg at Coast Guard Park.

End the night on Sunday, with some worship along the waterfront. Point of Grace will be performing. The event is free.

And on Monday, the ships sail in! USCGC Mackinaw, USCGC Mobile Bay, and CCGS Private Robinson V.C. will all sail into the Port of Grand Haven around 1:00 p.m. Organizers say the ships should be available for tours starting at 6 p.m.

That only covers the events through day 4 of the festival. For the whole list, please visit the Coast Guard Festival website.


The Grand Rapids Public Library is holding a fun learning opportunity for the space cadets in the family.

UFOs Over Michigan will detail some of the most high-profile UFO sightings in our state.

Michigan UFO expert, William Konkolesky will be on hand to share his stories and answer questions. Konkolesky is the Director of the Michigan Chapter of the Mutual UFO Network, and has contributed to shows on the History and Discovery channels.

That's going on today from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the main branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library at 111 Library Street NE, Grand Rapids.


And how do you feel about being a new cat owner? The Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance is holding a special adoption event Saturday, called the Meow Luau.

Five different West Michigan locations will be holding this adoption event from 11 to 2 p.m. The sites are offering special pricing on adoptions, meaning you can walk away with a new kitten for $50 or two for $80. This price includes spaying and neutering, microchipping, and all of the cat's vaccinations.

You can pick up your new furry friend at the following locations:

  • Petco: 3424 West Shore Drive, Holland
  • Out of Hand: 147 Center Street, Douglas
  • Wishbone House: 165 Blue Star Hwy, Douglas
  • Allegan County Animal Shelter: 2293 33rd Street, Allegan
  • Family Farm and Home: 367 Reno Drive, Wayland


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