The Fourth of July in Saugatuck/Douglas

Break out your red, white and blue because the 4th of July is almost here and there’s no better place to celebrate than in Saugatuck/Douglas! Whether you’re coming for classic traditions like fireworks, barbeque and live music, or you’re looking to make new traditions by catching a Broadway caliber show, strolling through our art galleries and shops or just spending a day at the beach, there’s truly something for everyone this holiday weekend.

Here’s a list of special events and activities taking place all week long you’ll want to add to your itinerary:


July 1-14 – Mason Street Warehouse: In the Heights:

From Lin Manuel Miranda, the creator of the smash hit Hamilton, comes “In the Heights” – about a vibrant neighborhood where the coffee from the corner bodega is sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. See this Broadway Caliber show at Saugatuck Center for the Arts, July 1-14. Tickets available at

July 2 – Toddler Tuesdays at SCA:

Here for the week and need an outlet for the kiddos? This day camp experience is meant to serve independent young artists who want choice and freedom; exploring through sensory play – moving, seeing, creating. Visit for more information.

July 3 – Music in the Park:

Grab a lawn chair, a blanket, a beverage and a snack and relax in Wicks Park in Downtown Saugatuck for live music by James Resser & the Back-Seat Drivers, a Chicago and swing style blues band based out of West Michigan. A family-friendly event, Music in the Park is now in it’s 23rd season, featuring popular bands playing at Wicks Park Gazebo, overlooking the Kalamazoo River in downtown Saugatuck.

July 4 – Annual 4th of July Parade:

This is a yearly tradition that is fun for the whole family. The parade will head down Butler street at 2 p.m. – get to town early to set up your spot!

July 4 – 4th of July Waterfront Festival:

This is a free event for the whole family that shouldn’t be missed! Hosted by the Saugatuck/Douglas Rotary Club, this festival will include live music, food trucks, a children’s corner with activities, main stage entertainment and a celebrity dunk tank! And of course, don’t miss the fireworks over the river at dusk! The festival will take place from noon to 9 p.m. in Coghlin Park.

July 6 – Waterfront Invitational Art Fair:  

Saugatuck Douglas Art Club hosts this scholarship fund raising event with the finest artists & crafters available. Taking place at Cook’s Park in front of the Butler restaurant in Downtown Saugatuck, this art fair is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

July 6 – “Then and Now” at the Historic Pump House:

See amazing photography featuring historic and current people, places and spaces around Saugatuck/Douglas from the archives of the Saugatuck/Douglas History Museum. This interesting – and free – exhibit can be enjoyed at the Historic Pump House, located at the base of Mount Baldhead, from noon to 4 p.m.

July 6 – Dive-in Movies:

Bring the kids to Starlite Resort at dusk to enjoy an outdoor film while floating in the pool (or sitting poolside). All films are family-friendly – bring a drink, a snack and get ready for some fun!

July 7 – Yoga at Virtue Cider:

End your holiday weekend by practicing some yoga outside in the tranquil farm setting of Virtue Cider in Fennville. All levels are welcome to this outdoor class and takes place from 11 a.m. – noon. Bring your own mat and enjoy!

In addition to these special events, don’t forget about the classic summer activities that are a must in Saugatuck/Douglas – take a dune ride with the family or cruise down on the Star of Saugatuck with a glass of wine and friends. Cross the Kalamazoo River on the historic Chain Ferry or explore the Saugatuck Dunes State Park with your (leashed) furry friends. Whatever you choose, definitely don’t forget to book your stay for next week’s holiday fun! Visit for lodging options and availability.


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