UNDATED (WHTC) - A hot, busy Memorial Day holiday along the Lakeshore is kicking off the summer vacation season.
Temperatures and conditions more in keeping with July 28th rather than May 28th will be on tap for the Lakeshore today. Record heat drove many residents to the waters of Lake Michigan yesterday. More seasonal temperatures are predicted for later this week.
Overcrowding and heat apparently caused tempers to flare at Grand Haven State Park last evening, as park rangers had to call in Grand Haven police to break up a scuffle that could have escalated into further violence. Authorities say that about 300 mostly young people were milling about before the situation was brought under control. The Grand Haven and Holland state parks are expected to be busy again today.
A number of Lakeshore communities are honoring those who served and gave their lives for their country on this Memorial Day. In Holland, a parade that begins on 8th Street downtown ends at Pilgrim Home Cemetery with a service that will air on 1450 WHTC and www.whtc.com at 11 AM. There are also 9 AM parades in Zeeland, Saugatuck and Hamilton; Douglas and Fennville have their parades an hour later.
A Bon Voyage ceremony is at 11 AM today in Douglas for the SS Keewatin, who is slated to return to the waters of Lake Michigan on Wednesday. Sold by RJ Peterson to Canadian interests last fall, the vintage steamship will return to its home port in Georgian Bay for restoration and permanent mooring; needed dredging of Kalamazoo Lake and the channel to Lake Michigan was paid for in the sale.
The Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy holds a fundraising sale at the Grand Haven Pier from 11 AM to 2 PM today, offering commemorative engraved bricks, t-shirts and jigsaw puzzles. The newly-formed non-profit group is looking to garner up to 500 thousand dollars for renovation of the city’s two lighthouses that will become municipal property later this summer when they are deeded over by the US Coast Guard.