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Holland MI is a Macatawa River (Lake Michigan) cruise port and port city in Michigan USA, located in state's western part and on Lake Macatawa (close to Lake Michigan's eastern shore). Lake Macatawa is fed by Macatawa River (aka Black River). The city has total area approx 45 km2 (17 ml2) and population around 33,000. Holland MI is part of Grand Rapids-Holland-Muskegon metro area (total population around 1,45 million) with its largest city Grand Rapids (urban population around 570,000).
The city spans Ottawa-Allegan county line, with a territory of 24 km2 (9 ml2) in Ottawa and the remaining 21 km2 (8 ml2) in Allegan. The town was established in 1847 by Dutch Americans. Today, it is best-known with the world's largest pickle factory. The Heinz Company has operated the pickle factory since 1897. Currently, During green season, the plant processes over 0,5 million tons of pickles per day.
Holland Museum is the city's history museum. Cappon House Museum (since 1874) is another historic museum which once housed Holland's first mayor. Settlers House Museum contains relics and furnishings from the 19th Century. Scattered along the town's shoreline are plenty of public beaches. The most popular are named Tunnel Park and Holland State Park. Smaller beaches along Lake Michigan are not well marked.
Each May, the city of Holland hosts the annual "Tulip Time Festival". The festival (and tulip planting) began in 1930 when a total of 250,000 tulips were set for the event. Currently, there are around 6 million tulips throughout the city. Holland MI is often visited as call port by US river cruise ships based in the Great Lakes region.