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4th of July - celebrate at picturesque Door County

Lake Michigan  sandy beaches,  Door County
Lake Michigan sandy beaches, Door County
Karen J Lee

If you are looking for a quintessential Fourth of July celebration, you’ll find one in Door County. In towns and villages throughout the county, picturesque streets are decked in red, white and blue decorations in honor of our nation’s declaration of independence.

Egg Harbor starts the celebration on July 3rd with live music and fireworks in Harbor View Park. The fun continues on the 4th with the official Egg Harbor Independence Day Parade, more music (including a performance by the UW-Madison Marching Band just after the parade), food, refreshments and fun.

Sturgeon Bay serves up a good time, along with plenty of burgers and brats and an ice cream social starting at 5 pm at Sunset Park. Enjoy great food and live music until dusk when a fantastic fireworks display gets underway.

A boat regatta is a special part of the official Gills Rock Celebrates events in Ellison Bay. It happens at 6:30 pm, with music and refreshments beginning at 5 pm.

Go back in time with Fish Creek’s traditional Independence Day celebration, which features vintage games, a dunk tank, summer treats, and at night, a Venetian Boat Parade and fireworks, too.

In Baileys Harbor, you can take in a parade at 10 am, sample delicious food from 10 am – 7 pm, music from noon to 4, and even belly dancing, starting at 5 pm. If you’re not worn out from dancing, make sure to stick around for fireworks at dusk. If you can’t make it on the 4th, no problem. Baileys Harbor continues the fun on the 5th with arts & crafts, food and more fireworks.

At the northern tip of the Door County, Washington Island celebrates with fireworks on the 4th, and Rock Island extends the festivities into the next day with a cookout on July 5th.

No matter where you are in Door County, you’ll have plenty of ways to make the 4th a red (white and blue) letter day.

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