As the Fourth of July approaches, the picturesque peninsula of Door County, Wisconsin, eagerly awaits the arrival of visitors seeking an enchanting holiday experience. Known for its natural beauty, charming waterfront towns, and vibrant community spirit, Door County offers plenty of exciting activities and events to make your Independence Day celebration unforgettable. Whether you’re a local or a traveler exploring the area, here are some of the best things to do in Door County on the Fourth of July.

Witness Spectacular Fireworks Displays:

No Fourth of July celebration is complete without a dazzling fireworks extravaganza, and Door County delivers in style. Numerous communities within the county host spectacular fireworks displays, such as the ones in Egg Harbor, Sturgeon Bay, and Gills Rock. A great way to experience the Egg Harbor show is with the Door County Adventure Center on the Fireworks Tour on July 3rd. From the Egg Harbor beach your group will be guided out to the water to watch the light show from the best view in the house – on your kayaks. 

Attend Parades and Festivals:

Immerse yourself in the festive spirit by attending one of the Fourth of July parades or festivals happening throughout Door County. From Baileys Harbor’s Independence Day Parade on the morning of the fourth to Sister Bay’s Freedom Fest on July 8, these vibrant celebrations showcase lively marching bands, creatively decorated floats, and an atmosphere filled with joy and patriotism. Enjoy local food, live music, and engage in a wide array of family-friendly activities that add to the festive ambiance.

Explore Door County’s Natural Beauty:

Take advantage of the summer weather and explore the breathtaking natural beauty that defines Door County. Visit Peninsula State Park, with its miles of scenic hiking trails, sandy beaches, and awe-inspiring vistas. Head to Cave Point County Park to witness the mesmerizing limestone cliffs and listen to the crashing waves of Lake Michigan. While on the beaches of Whitefish Dunes State Park join one of Door County Adventure Center guided kayak tours to experience the caves firsthand and explore the Australasia shipwreck. Whether you’re hiking, biking, kayaking, or simply relaxing on the beach, immersing yourself in Door County’s natural wonders is a must.

Enjoy Water-based Activities:

Door County’s location on the peninsula means that it offers plenty of opportunities for water-based fun. Rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the tranquil bays and shorelines at either Egg Harbor Beach or Rowleys Bay resort with Door County Adventure Center. Take a leisurely kayak tour to experience the estuary of the Mink River with our Mink River tour – book this one ahead of time as spots fill up fast! Swimming, jet skiing, and simply lounging on the beach are also popular options to cool off on a hot summer day.

Indulge in Local Cuisine:

No visit to Door County would be complete without savoring the area’s delectable culinary offerings. From farm-to-table restaurants and cozy cafés to charming wineries and breweries, the county boasts a vibrant food and beverage scene. Treat yourself to freshly caught fish, locally sourced produce, mouthwatering cherry-infused treats, and a wide selection of wines and craft beers. Celebrate the Fourth of July with a delightful meal, indulging in the flavors that Door County has to offer. Although there are many places to enjoy a sweet treat with the countless ice cream shops in the county, Grandma’s Swedish Bakery inside of Rowleys Bay Resort has unique goodies that are homemade there. Our personal favorite is the Pecan or Cinnamon Roll!

Door County in Wisconsin presents an idyllic setting to celebrate Independence Day, offering an abundance of activities and experiences to suit every taste. Whether you’re captivated by vibrant fireworks displays, enchanted by small-town parades, or eager to explore the region’s natural wonders, Door County and Door County Adventure Center promises a memorable Fourth of July experience. Embrace the patriotic spirit, immerse yourself in the local culture, and create lasting memories with friends and family in this charming slice of Americana.