The City of Sturgeon Bay will once again honor its rich maritime heritage with a diverse collection of entertaining and fun-filled events taking place July 30 to Aug. 13. Officially titled “Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week: A Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard,” the celebration includes many long-standing annual waterfront events and activities. In addition to focusing on Sturgeon Bay’s extraordinary maritime history, the week honors the area’s local Coast Guard personnel, past and present, for their service and many contributions to the community.
Maritime Week gets underway July 30 with a picnic for all active, reserve, retired and veteran Coast Guard personnel and their families. Festivities begin at 11 am at Sawyer Park in Sturgeon Bay.
Maritime Week activities continue Aug. 3 when the tall ships come to Sturgeon Bay for an overnight stay. The ships will arrive in the city and participate in a Tall Ship Review through the ship canal and into the bay before docking downtown. The ships will depart on Aug. 4 for the Green Bay Tall Ship Festival.
The Harmony by the Bay Summer Concert Series continues Aug. 10 with Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns playing at 7 pm, at Martin Park.
The Salute to the Coast Guard Golf Tournament highlights festival activities on Aug. 11. This public golf event celebrates the Coast Guard’s birthday with a fun four-person scramble format at Idlewild Golf Course. Contact the Maritime Museum for an entry form and additional details.
Aug. 12 opens the first day of the Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival on the grounds of the Door County Maritime Museum. Construction and the decoration phase in the ever-popular Sikaflex Boat Building competition will begin at 4 pm with two-person teams working with the limited lumber materials provided.
The Evening on the Bay events on Aug. 13 at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club include kid’s games, live music and the annual “Venetian Night” boat parade followed by fireworks. All events are open to the public. Call 920.743.6934 for details on all the “Evening on the Bay” events.