Set for Tuesday, July 4, 2023, Manitowoc’s Fourth on the Shore event is the city’s way of celebrating Independence Day in a big way. Manitowoc’s river and lakefront from The Wharf to The Yacht Club will be bustling with live music, family-friendly activities, and food and drinks. 

The day’s festivities kick off with the annual 4th of July Parade at 10:00 a.m. The route begins on S. 8th Street and Washington Street, turns east on Maritime Drive, and finishes at the Manitowoc Yacht Club. Fourth on the Shore hot spots include live music at The Wharf, craft vendors and food in the YMCA parking lot, the Manitowoc Marina for kayak rentals and sidewalk sales, tours inside the Manitowoc Breakwater Lighthouse, and the Manitowoc Yacht Club, which will be open to the public.

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum’s SubFest is July 1-4 and occurs in conjunction with Fourth on the Shore. On the fourth, admission is only $4, the USS Cobia will blow her whistle at noon, and there will be live entertainment, family-friendly activities, food trucks and drinks at the three parking lots surrounding the museum.

Fourth on the Shore concludes with the Festival Foods Fireworks Show at 9:30 p.m. over Lake Michigan. Festival Foods will also have their Big Cart on display throughout the day at the parking lot west of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.

For the full entertainment schedule and event poster, visit

Visit Manitowoc organizes Fourth on the Shore with help from partners: Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Festival Foods, City of Manitowoc Department of Public Infrastructure, Manitowoc Marina, NEWGLSF Salmon Derby, Manitowoc Yacht Club, Manitowoc Sunrise Rotary, The Inn on Maritime Bay, Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra, Manitowoc Marine Band, Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA, The Wharf, Seehafer News, Fricke Printing, and Pozorski Hauling & Recycling.