Celebrate Door County’s 4th of July lineup

When it comes to celebrating the 4th of July, you won’t find a more festive group than Door County Communities. Across the peninsula, the holidays – and the days before and after them – are packed with festivities, entertainment and, of course, fireworks.

maple wood

Start your 4th of July celebrations a day earlier in Maplewood (with a rain date the next day) with big programming packed with small-town fun. It’s all 1/4 mile west on County Road H in Maplewood.

Monday July 3

Nothing says hometown pride like attending a good old local ball game. Cheer on the Maplewood Mets as they take on the Kolberg Braves at 1:30 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, grab a bite to eat at the food stand (opening noon), try your luck at the 50/50 raffle and paddle raffle, then stick around for the fireworks at dusk.

sturgeon bay

Celebrate Independence Day on the waterfront at Sunset Park.

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The festivities begin at 5 p.m., but you’ll want to come early to claim your spot for an incredible view of the fireworks display that begins at dusk (around 9:15 p.m.).

Before you eat, drink and have fun with a variety of foods, snacks and treats. Enjoy all your favorites from The Dog House and Cowboy Kettle Corn, and discover new favorites from the new faces in attendance, including Mauricio’s, The Dough Shoppe and Dairy Queen of Sturgeon Bay. Destination Sturgeon Bay will also be selling beer, wine and other soft drinks.

As night falls, dance to the beats and sounds of crowd favorite Unity the Band, a reggae band from Milwaukee that takes the stage at 6 p.m.

Baileys Harbor

Baileys Harbor may have a reputation for being along the ‘quiet side’ of the peninsula, but it wakes up to a full slate of family fun and community pride on the 4th of July weekend.

Sunday July 3

Discover the local maker scene with the Arts & Crafts fair on the Town Hall lawn from 9am to 4pm.

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Start your day with the Baileys Harbor Fire Department Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station, 2404 Park Road) from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., then grab a seat to watch the parade depart at 10:00 a.m. and proceed north to south of Ridges Road to Summit Road.

During the rest of the morning and afternoon, the arts and crafts fair continues until 4 p.m. Get your groove on with live music in Kendall Park starting at 11 a.m. Need a snack? The Strawberry Fest Scholarship fundraiser, sponsored by the Baileys Harbor Women’s Club, will serve fresh strawberry shortcake from noon to 4 p.m. You can also visit one of the food vendors, also in Kendall Park, there to keep you going for the festivities all day.

At dusk, find your spot to watch a spectacular waterfront fireworks display from Anclam Park.

egg port

On the other side of the peninsula, Egg Harbor is also extending its Independence Day celebration over two days packed with things to do.

Sunday July 3

If you want to enjoy the beach today, plan for the morning because it closes to the public at 2 p.m. for the fireworks. After a morning at the beach, the evening features food and refreshments by Egg Harbor Men’s Club, Cowboy Kettle Corn and Dog House beginning at 4 p.m. and live music by Modern Day Drifters at 5 p.m. You can also head to the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center, 7840 Church Street, for a sunset concert by Kids of Wisconsin.

If you’re struggling to decide which fireworks to watch, Egg Harbor helps you out by lighting up the sky tonight at dusk, letting you enjoy the fireworks a day before most other places.

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Happy Independence Day! Today is all about the parade (1:30 p.m. departure), but before that, enjoy food and refreshments provided by the Door County Historical Society beginning at 11 a.m.

At parade time, find a spot along the southbound road that runs along Highway 42 between the north end of Church Street and Highway T. Then, enjoy the After Parade with a performance of the 5th quarter by the UW Marching Band at Harbor View Park.

Interested in joining our parade? No formal registration is required. Just arrive at the north end of Church Street around 12:30 p.m. to line up and receive a copy of the parade rules. (Signs indicating the floats will be posted.) The parade queue is first come, first served.

Fish stream

friday july 1st

Top of the Hill Shops will host its parking lot party from 5-10 p.m. featuring Skyleor Anderson of the Nashville music scene and a silent auction to benefit Door CANcer.

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Tackle the ‘hairpin’ on Cottage Row Road in Door County’s longest 5k run/walk. Friends of Gibraltar Schools have been running the fundraising event for over 30 years, with proceeds providing all funding each year for excursions and enrichment experiences for K-12 students in the Gibraltar schools in Fish Creek. Official timing returns this year for the runners. Pushchairs for children are allowed on the course, but please leave the furbabies at home. Get more information or register for the race at hairpinrun.com.

sister bay

If you haven’t had your fill of food, music, fireworks and fun on on July 4, Sister Bay supports you with Freedom Fest, which takes place the weekend after vacations.

Saturday July 9

The party continues in Marina Park with live music, a brat fry, food vendors and a final hoorah of a can’t-miss fireworks display as the sun goes down.

Gills Rock

For a more laid-back 4th of July experience, head north to Gills Rock. What the events lack in frills, they make up for in fun and unique local flavor.

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A 5 p.m. evening start time gives you the chance to explore the gate earlier in the day, then meet up, you can refuel on the loose around the county, then relax with music , food and fireworks at There will also be a Fish Fry fundraiser to support Death’s Door Maritime Museum and fireworks at dusk.
If you haven’t had your fill of parades, you won’t want to miss the Parade of Boats, launched from Hedgehog Harbor around an hour before sunset, for an anything but typical freedom fanfare.

Washington Island

For a true slice of small town America with fewer crowds, take a ferry to Washington Island. From hiking to kayaking to museums and more, spend the day hitting up the island’s sights before the 4th of July festivities that night.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the fire department will also be hosting a drive-thru at the fire station, 1290 Airport Road, to help raise money for a fire/rescue boat. Burgers, hot dogs and gluten-free options will also be available.

Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes in red, white and blue, then join the Children’s Bike Parade which travels from Legion Hall, 254 Main Road, to the baseball field, starting at 7:30 a.m. Fireworks, sponsored by the Washington Island Fire Department, follow at dusk.

Just a note, the last ferry to the mainland leaves Washington Island at 6:45 p.m. If you plan to stay for the fireworks, you’ll want to make plans for overnight accommodations.

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