10 Ways to Celebrate the 4th in Green Bay That Don’t Go ‘BOOM’

10 ways to celebrate the 4th that don't go boom

There’s no denying Fire Over the Fox is the main event in Green Bay on the 4th of July, but our family doesn’t really love fireworks enough to brave the parking and crowd chaos of Fire Over the Fox every year. Last year we went to Heritage Hill instead and had a lot of (old fashioned) fun.

It got me thinking. What else is going in Green Bay on the 4th of July?

It turns out there’s a lot going on. Fire over the Fox isn’t the only way to celebrate in Green Bay on the 4th of July. It’s time to think outside the sparkler box!

1. Celebrate the 4th at Hazelwood with the Heritage Players, “Immigrant Stories”

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Photo Courtesy of Hazelwood Historic House

The Heritage Players, a unique group of entertainers singing their way through local history, will perform “They Came to Wisconsin” at 1:00 p.m. Popcorn, root beer, root beer floats, hot dogs and water will be available for purchase. For more information visit the Brown County Historical Society’s website.

2. Celebrate Independence Day at Heritage Hill

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Meet Uncle Sam, play horseshoes, listen to live music and experience the Declaration of Independence presented by one of Heritage Hill’s historic characters. Visit Heritage Hill’s website for more details.

3. Green Bay Botanical Garden Independence Day Open House

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Fireworks aren’t the only stunning displays on Independence Day. See what’s bloomin’ at the Botanical Garden. Admission is free for all veterans. Visit Green Bay Botanical Garden’s website to learn more.

4. Take a dip at Ashwaubomay Lake

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Image courtesy of the Village of Ashwaubenon

No cabin? No cottage on a lake? No problem! With a tube slide, diving boards and a zero-depth entry beach, Ashwaubomay Lake is the perfect place to spend July 4th. Click through to Ashwaubomay Lake for details.

5. 42nd Annual Oneida Pow Wow

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Discover Native American music, dance, food and fun at the 2014 Oneida Pow Wow, July 4-7 at the Oneida Tribe Norbert Hill Center. The Grand Entry begins at 7:00 pm. The public is welcome.  Explore Oneida provides more information on the annual Pow Wow.

6. Bay Beach Amusement Park

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An amusement park is another traditionally American way to spend time with family. With the Zippin Pippin, Giant Slide and Sea Dragon there’s plenty to celebrate at Bay Beach and it’s a great place to picnic on the 4th of July. Check out Bay Beach Amusement Park for more details.

7. Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

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The Wildlife Sanctuary is a solid outing any day. Aside from the trails, educational exhibits and animals, on July 4th visitors can watch Sanctuary staff work with and train the otters from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm. Visit their website for hours and information about Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.

8. The 4th of July at Neville Public Museum

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The Neville Public Museum will be open noon to 6:00 pm on July 4th offering tailgate games in the parking lot until 4:00 pm and great exhibits inside like Touchdown! The Packers Hall of Fame, Inc., Agriculture to Tavern Culture- The Art, History, and Science of Beer, and A Century of Discovery! Check out the Neville Public Museum for more information.

9. NEW Zoo & Adventure Park

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The NEW Zoo & Adventure Park is open regular hours with its regular schedule of activities. I’m willing to bet that it’s a great day to see the zoo, check out the new Adventure Park and beat the crowds. Take a look at the New Zoo & Adventure Park website to plan your visit.

10. Green Bay Bullfrogs Baseball vs. St. Cloud Rox

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Image source: Green Bay Bullfrogs

What’s more American than baseball?
Not only will The Human Cannonball launch himself from center field onto home plate,  but also ladies 21 & up are invited to attend a free Baseball Clinic for Ladies Night featuring Slim Lizzy sampling.  See more at the Bullfrogs’ website.

Fireworks or not, let’s celebrate!

There’s no denying that the food, fireworks and fun of Fire Over the Fox is impressive. Even if you are heading downtown to enjoy the fireworks, you can still fit one or two of these more low-key activities in before the sun goes down and the fireworks start.

Anything else going on in Green Bay on the fourth of July that you’d add to the list?

Discover-create-parent, one adventure at a time with Terra at her website, Life as a Field Trip.

Comments

  1. What a great column! A really diverse list that includes some overlooked gems of the area!

  2. Thanks for the alternative ideas. The Heritage Hill visit looked cool! I LOVE the “old fashion flavor” to summer time! 🙂

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