The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our Nation’s Independence with family and friends.Why not spend it cooling off in Door County? Take in a small town parade, eat amazing foods, get sun burnt and cool off in the crystal clear waters. Later on that night, watch the fireworks explode over the water at several locations throughout the peninsula.

No matter where you find yourself, you’ll be happy because Door County is the best place to reconnect with friends and family over a holiday weekend.


Baileys Harbor has quite a day planned for Independence Day. The Parade starts at 10am, but there’s plenty to do throughout the day. Take a stroll through the Arts & Crafts area, play with the kids in the Kid Zone, browse the Food Court, or listen to Three Beers ‘Til Dubuque sing the afternoon away. Door County Trolley will be doing free downtown trolley rides and from 1:30 to 5pm there will be a free Restaurant Crawl to the local bars and restaurants. The Fireworks will start at dark so get there early to get your seat.

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Egg Harbor’s Independence Day festivities start the day before with Big Mouth & the Power Tool Horns performing until the fireworks are shot off at 9pm. On the 4th, they host the second parade of the day so if your crew is full of late movers, the 1:30pm start is perfect for you. After the Parade, the UW Madison Marching Band will be performing and 6 Figures band performs from 2-5pm.

Sturgeon Bay is having a cook out and ice cream social at Sunset Park before the fireworks go off at dusk.

Gills Rock’s celebration begins at 5pm with food and live music by The Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble. There will be a boat regatta beginning at 7:15 and fireworks at dusk.

Fish Creek celebrates on Saturday, July 6 at Clark Park. There will be great food, activities, live music by Big Mouth & the Power Tool Horns, a Venetian Boat Parade at 9pm and fireworks at 10pm.

If you are looking for last minute rooms, look no further! We’ve compiled a list of the great available rooms around the county. Be sure to mention Door County Lodging when booking.



Coachlite Inn  is very centrally located between Sister Bay and Ephraim, making it minutes from every town. They have rooms available and no night minimum.

Scofield North in Baileys Harbor is situated along 300 feet of spectacular Lake Michigan shoreline. The Stone Cottage is available to skillfully blend history, nostalgia and romance in elegantly luxurious surroundings to create a one-of-a-kind Door County vacation.

Shoreline Resort, located on the top of the Peninsula, has stunning views of the Green Bay Waters and provides that seclusion you’re looking for. Onsite Marina and water view rooms are still available for this weekend. Rooms are starting at $139/night with a three night minimum.

Maxwelton Braes Lodge is newly reopened and has availabilities in the Lodge Suites and Rooms, as well as the Cottage Suites. Located just minutes from downtown Baileys Harbor, it’s a perfect place to spend time. There is a golf course and supper club located on the property for your entertainment.

Eagle Harbor Inn is a quaint B&B located in the heart of Ephraim footsteps from dining, shopping, the beach and great activities. They have B&B suites and one or two bedroom hotel suites available.

Bridgeport Waterfront Resort is located in the center of historic Sturgeon Bay with exceptional access to all of Door County, Wisconsin’s quaint shops, award winning restaurants, scenic parks and wide variety of attractions.

Nordic Lodge located at the north end of Ephraim’s art and shopping district has rooms available.

Open Hearth Lodge at the bottom of Little Sister Hill lies in between Sister Bay and Ephraim so you are minutes from everything that Door County has to offer.

Ephraim Guest House offers fifteen unique and cozy one-, two- and three-bedroom suites in a relaxing, beautifully landscaped setting, just a half-block from the sparkling waters of Eagle Harbor. They have various available rooms so call for more information. They are offering 20% off regular rates for July 8-13th.

Settlement Courtyard Inn has courtyard or two bedroom suites available. Located just outside bustling Fish Creek, this is a great spot to begin any adventure. They are asking for a three night minimum with a nightly rate of $159 plus tax.

White Lace Inn is a quaint B&B in the heart of Sturgeon Bay which provides amazing shopping, dining, and entertainment options.  They have various suites available for this weekend.

Scandinavian Lodge located in the heart of Sister Bay has both 1 and 2 bedroom condos available for the weekends on either side of the 4th. If you are looking to be in the heart of the festivities, this is the place for you.

Lodgings at Pioneer Lane, a small country inn nestled in the heart of Ephraim, creates the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. Their Sea Chest Suite is available for $189 for July 4-6 at $189. They also have the Leaf Suite and Bill’s Suite available for various days.