Summer is finally here, and July in Racine County is prime time for a variety of unique events and experiences for all to enjoy. Here are the top events and activities this month that you don't want to miss:
Fourth Fest Racine July 4th
Don't miss the Midwest's largest July 4th Parade! More than 120 parade entries will include living statues, bands, floats, entertainers and more. The parade starts at the intersection of Goold and Main Streets and runs south down Main Street through Downtown then turns west on 14th Street. Arrive early to get a curbside seat! Pre-parade featuring antique cars starts at 8:45 a.m. Free - donations welcome. Spectacular fireworks can be viewed anywhere along the shores of Lake Michigan starting at dusk (approx. 9:20 p.m.)
Wind Point Lighthouse Climb July 7
The Wind Point Lighthouse, 4725 Lighthouse Drive, should be on everybody's bucket list! A climb to the top of the 108-foot tower delivers spectacular views.
The lighthouse is open to the public for guided tours and climbs up the 144 tower steps on Sunday, July 7 (as well as the first Sundays of June through October). Sunday tours take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., every half hour. The tower climb is also offered Saturdays, June 30, Aug. 4 and Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Admission is $10 per adult (ages 12 and up) and $5 for children (ages 6-11). Due to safety and liability concerns, no children under age 6 are admitted to the tower. Walk-ups are welcome; advance reservations are recommended. For more information or to make a tour reservation online, click here.
Pro Watercross National Tour July 13 - 14
Racine's North Beach, 100 Kewaunee St., hosts the ONLY Midwest stop for the Pro Watercross National Tour on Saturday and Sunday, July 13 - 14. The Tour features the best personal watercraft teams in the world competing for cash prizes in racing and freestyle divisions. Spectator admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Salmon-A-Rama July 13 - 21
An annual tradition for fishing fans, the Big One is back! Salmon-A-Rama, a favorite fishing tournament of Lake Michigan anglers, returns to Racine County July 13 - 21. Tournament headquarters are at Pershing Park, 500 Pershing Drive, on Racine's lakefront.
Stop by the headquarters tent daily to check on the leaderboards for who is in the running for the $25,000 grand prize for the largest fish. The Salmon-A-Rama grounds feature vendors, food and drink each day.
Beer Gardens in Racine County Ongoing and Select Dates
Photo Credit: Franksville Craft Beer Garden
Nothing says summer in Wisconsin like beer gardens! Racine County is full of opportunities for you, friends and family to gather and shout "Prost!" to the sunny days ahead. Click here to find our full line up of dates and times to grab your pint across all of Racine County.
Animal Crackers Concert Series July 10 & 24
The Racine Zoo hosts the 32nd Annual Animal Crackers Concert Series at its lakefront amphitheater stage in July and August. The shows start at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the gate.