Steps for a safe and fun 4th of July

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - Festivities are underway all across West Michigan for the 4th of July weekend and while you may not be working, there are several people working to help you have a fun and safe time.

150,000 to 200,000 people are expected in the downtown area of Grand Haven this weekend.  Officers with the Department of Public Safety advise you to keep a close eye on your kids.  "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack down here on occasion," said Lt. Clinton Holt.

Also, it will be a sunny and dry weekend, so you'll want to hydrate...and keep your kids hydrated too.  Also, consuming large amounts of alcohol "draws unnecessary attention to yourself."

But above all, use common sense.  The Grand Haven Dept. of Public Safety and the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department marine patrol units will be out in full force.  Also, you can not stake out your spot on the lawn in Grand Haven for the fireworks on Saturday until after midnight Friday.

Stay safe and have fun this weekend.

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