Fourth of July: Celebrate Saugatuck Style (Part II)

Break out your red, white and blue because the 4th of July is almost here. For Independence Day fun, we’re bringing you a full day of food trucks, a parade, fireworks, and even a celebrity dunk tank – uh huh, you heard right!

To get you thinking about your holiday plans in the Saugatuck/Douglas area, we’ve highlighted the must-does for this upcoming 4th of July. To hear about additional holiday fun happening the weekend prior, check out our “Part I” blog!

4 t h   o f   J u l y

10 a.m.

Lodging / Breakfast Options

We recommend coming in the night before and having breakfast served to you at one of our luxury B&Bs. Or, if you’re opting for a day trip, we recommend stopping by Uncommon Coffee Roasters in downtown Saugatuck or Kismet Bakery in downtown Douglas. Whatever you choose, you’ll be well fed and properly caffeinated for the day ahead.

11:30 a.m.

Harbor Duck Tour

After breakfast, reserve your spot for this unique land and boat tour that takes you through downtown Saugatuck, the Kalamazoo River and the Saugatuck Harbor. You’ll get to see the sights all while listening to fun commentary (and learning a thing or two) along the way.

1 p.m.

Food Truck Mania

Feeling hungry? There will be a complete line-up of food trucks and a beverage tent throughout the day! So before the annual 4th of July parade begins, make sure to check out one of the many trucks around Coghlin Park or grab the classic ice cream treat at Charlie’s ‘Round the Corner.

2 p.m.

Let the Parade Begin!

Find a spot along Butler street, settle into your sun chair or find a lookout spot and enjoy the floats, music and vintage cars of the Saugatuck/Douglas area.

3 p.m.

Downtown Shopping

While you’re downtown Saugatuck, stroll into one of the many downtown shops. Forgot sunscreen? No problem. Head over to Saugatuck Drug Store! How about a sunhat? Don’t sweat it. Landsharks or For the Love of Shoes has got you covered!

4:30 p.m.

Face Painting, Games & Prizes

If you’re looking to entertain the kids, take a break from shopping and head to Coughlin Park in downtown Saugatuck. You’ll see a children’s corner that harbors tons of activities that will leave your kids with a prize (or two) and a fun painted design!

5:45 p.m.

Dinner on the Water 

Enjoy an early dinner before the evening’s festivities! To stay close to the firework display happening at dusk, we recommend trying out the Butler or Mermaid for outdoor seating along the harbor; if you’re enjoying yourself and lose track of time, you’ll still have a great view of the fireworks. Another option includes ordering a specialty pizza from Marro’s and enjoying an impromptu picnic!

7 – 9 p.m.

James Reeser Band at Wicks Park

If you’re looking to pass the time before the firework display, head to Wicks Park. Saugatuck’s 22nd season of Music in the Park will be happening and you won’t want to miss it! James and his band perform an upbeat and energetic style of Blues, which will be sure to liven up your holiday.

8:00 p.m.

Mamma Mia!

In the mood for theater? Head to Saugatuck Center for the Arts’ production of Mamma Mia!, presented by Mason Street Warehouse. This smash hit will surely bring non-stop laughs and an unforgettable time.


Fireworks Display

Regardless of what your evening plans entail, Coughlin Park is just a short walk away from everything. The firework display over Lake Kalamazoo begins at dusk, so we recommend heading there a few minutes early to find seating!


From all of us at the Saugatuck/Douglas Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, have a safe and happy 4th of July! Also, a special thank you to the Rotary Club of Saugatuck-Douglas who is hosting this year’s 4th of July festivities.


Five things to do on July 5:

Leaving so soon? Why not extend your holiday! Consider choosing one of our beautiful bed & breakfasts, hotels, motels or cottages and vacation homes around the Saugatuck, Douglas or Fennville area! Click here for availability.

If so, here are 5 things you should do on July 5…

  1. Hit the greens at Clearbrook Golf Course.
  2. Explore our award-winning Oval Beach.
  3. Tour Felt Mansion and learn about the legend of the Melon Heads.
  4. Take a trip down memory lane and rent a classic Retro Boat.
  5. Cruise down to Fennville’s Virtue Cider or Fenn Valley Vineyards.

More from the Blog