It's hard to believe, but Monday is July 1. That means that the big July 4 celebration is only days away.
Independence Day is, without a doubt, the largest celebration of the year in Baileys Harbor. Thousands of visitors will flood into town to enjoy the big parade along with all the other festivities that will go on from early morning breakfast to when the last sparks from the fireworks die out at night.
This year you will find that although much of the July 4 celebration is the same, there are a number of new twists to be enjoyed. The Baileys Harbor Fire Department will hold its annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at the fire station. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church will host the coffee and cinnamon roll sale.
Inside the Town Hall, the Baileys Harbor Women's Club will hold its annual Strawberry Social beginning at 9 a.m. Strawberry shortcake and ice cream sundaes are featured. All profits go towards the club's student scholarships and civic improvement fund. The Arts and Crafts show will take place on the Town Hall lawn from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The big parade with all the fun floats and bands will get under way at 10 a.m. Wisconsin 57 will be closed from 9 a.m. until after the parade. There will be sufficient parking at the Baileys Harbor Recreational Park. Free trolley rides will be provided from the park to downtown from 8:30 a.m. until the parade starts. A return trolley back to the park will run from noon to 1:30 p.m.
This year, County F will be closed from Wisconsin 57 to Guy Street from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday. A food court will be set up in this location. New this year, the food court will feature local restaurants and vendors, including the Baileys Harbor Athletics Club, Cheesecake Etc., Cornerstone Pub, Door County Custom Meats, Door County Kraut Co., Harbor Fish Market & Grille, Malibu Moo's, PC Junction and more. Beverages will be available at the BHCA beverage tent under the pavilion in Kendall Park. Alcoholic beverages will only be available for purchase with a wristband, so please make sure you stop and get banded by showing your valid ID.
The Kid Zone is getting a facelift this year. Local nonprofit groups are helping to create a wonderful area for children of all ages, including Door County YMCA, Door Shakespeare, face painting by the Door County Sexual Assault Center, and a Pie and Watermelon Eating Contest with the Northern Door Children's Center. Also featured are Cana Island and nautical historical talks by the Door County Maritime Museum and a canoe raffle by the Door County Boy Scouts. The Kid Zone is located in the Lakeshore Adventures/Cornerstone Pub parking lot between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Also new this year is the Baileys Harbor Pub Crawl. From 1:30 pm to 5 pm, A Door County Trolley will pick up people from the town marina area and transport them to various pub stops in and around Baileys Harbor.
There will be a fundraising event open to the public in the Town Hall from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. A potluck dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. and several different music acts will entertain the crowd. The event is raising money for tree planting throughout the area.
The big finale to the day will be the big fireworks display down at the lakefront. The show will be put on by Ground Zero Pyrotechnics and launched from Anclam Park. They are visible throughout the harbor area. They are shot off at dark, so make sure to get your seat shortly before dusk. It sounds like a fabulous day. See you there!
The new DC Deli Restaurant in Baileys Harbor will hold its grand opening celebration Sunday. They will host a concert with the original Big Mouth quartet featuring Pat Judy, Woody Mankowski, Paul Sowinski and Jay Whitney from 2 to 6 p.m. The public is invited to stop by and enjoy the music.
The Baileys Harbor Concerts on the Lawn series continues Friday with the Fairland Bluegrass band. The band features good old-fashioned family bluegrass music. Concerts are held from 5 to 7 p.m. each Friday on the Town Hall lawn.
A very happy and patriotic birthday to Deanna Petzold (July 4) and to Joanie Musiel (July 6). A very happy Fourth of July to all of our readers!