1. Harrisville, Michigan’s Duck Race
If you’re a sucker for a duck race, then head over to Harrisville, Michigan this Fourth of July to cheer on the cute plastic critters at their annual Fourth of July Duck Race!
2. Harrisville, Wisconsin’s BBQ & Tractor Pull!
Over at Harrisville, Wisconsin, their 4th of July Celebration features a parade at 11AM, a chicken BBQ, country-western band and a tractor/truck pull. How more Midwest can you get?!
3. Morton, Minnesota’s Bean Bag Tournament!
1st Annual Bean Bag Tournament in Morton, MN on July 4th. Register in City Park, at the beer garden, by 12 pm (noon) games start at 1 pm. 100% Payouts based on number of teams. $20 registration fee per team. Other events in park include softball and kickball tournaments, kids activities, Fire Department Pork Chop Feed, Bingo, raffles and fireworks at dusk.
4. Cincinnati’s Eckerlin Meats for BBQ!
In Cincinnati, Eckerlin Meats at Findlay Market will take care of all your grilling needs. From Bierwurst to Baby Back Ribs, this family-owned, old-fashioned butcher shop has a wide selection of mouth-watering meats, guaranteed to please the palate of the most discerning of carnivore. You should also try their world-famous, award-winning goetta.
5. Boozin’ at New Holland Brewery!
New Holland Brewery was established in 1997 and since then grown significantly “from a scrappy two-man start-up to a thriving regional craft brewery and craft distillery.” Definitely a great brew to quench your 4th of July thirst!
6. Bourbon at Woodford Reserve!
Woodford Reserve is for the bourbon aficionado. When beer and wine coolers just won’t cut it, head down to this Bourbon Trail distillery for a taste of refined Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
7. Gateway Arch Fireworks!
Fireworks by Gateway Arch (St. Louis, MO). This year, Fair St. Louis festivities take place July 4, 5 & 6 under the Gateway Arch. There are activities for kids of all ages, food for every taste and thrilling air shows. Also, don’t miss free concerts by Trace Adkins, Bret Michaels and the Counting Crows.
8. Milwaukee’s US Bank Fireworks!
US Bank Fireworks at the Lakefront (Milwaukee, WI). This year the fireworks take place on July 3 at dusk (about 9:25pm). You’re invited to ”watch the skies light over the lakefront in Milwaukee for 60 minutes of ‘oohs and aahs’.” This fireworks display is an hour-long, and very popular, so plan to arrive early.
9. Cincinnati’s “All American Birthday Party Fireworks”!
Last, but certainly not least, Cincinnati’s “All American Birthday Party Fireworks” at Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove. Plan to get there early to enjoy this epic fireworks display. Show starts at 10PM.