Did you know….. 

Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870.  In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.

Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  All the others signed later.

The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies.

The average signer was 45 years old.

Only two signers of the Declaration of Independence served as Presidents of the United States, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

The first Independence Day celebration took place in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.

The White House held its first 4th of July party in 1801.

President John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the Fourth.  Adams and Jefferson (both signed the Declaration) died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.

In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation.  Today the population of the United States is 331 million.

Every 4th of July the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies.

The tune of the National Anthem was originally used by an English drinking song called “to Anacreon in Heaven.”  The words have nothing to do with consumption of alcohol but the melody that Francis Key had in mind when he wrote those words did originate decades earlier as the melody for a song praise of wine.

American enjoy approximately 150 Million Hot Dogs during the 4th.

Americans spend more than one billion dollars on fireworks each year.

Fireworks date back to 1777.  

Wearing Old Glory violates the U.S. Flag Code.  If you own a flag t-shirt, beach towel, shorts, hat or any other item that is representative of the U.S. flag, turns out that you’re in violation of the U.S. Flag Code.  

Now that you know these fun facts, go forth and enjoy your day.  Happy 4th of July from your friends at the Egg Harbor Lodge!




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Husbys just opened their “Filling Station”, a frozen drink bar with an attached open-air lounge area and a front patio.  The “Filling Station” stays true to it’s history, which was once a Standard Service gasoline filling station.  The auto theme is carried throughout the property.  

You will find six drink options which are perfect on one of Door County’s summer days.  Choose between a classic margarita, pina colada, strawberry daiquiri, two non-alcoholic flavors and one specialty drink.   

The “Filling Station” is located on Hwy. 42 in Sister Bay.  It’s open daily noon to 11:00 pm during the season.


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It’s the Door County Maritime Museum Lighthouse Beacon Room.  Construction crews topped off the Maritime Museum’s Lighthouse today (7/2/20) making it the tallest building in Door County.  This new landmark is going to be a state-of-the-art museum, with exhibits that will be educational and entertaining.  The project is estimate between $7.5-8 million dollars.  Let’s just say, well worth a visit!


The Door County Maritime Museum is located at 120 N. Madison Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI.

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Every Friday and Saturday this summer, Von Stiehl is offering an array of live bands, Von Stiehl wines and cider, craft beer from Ahnapee Brewery and food truck fare.

EVERY FRIDAY 2:30-5:00pm                                                        

July 3:          Gaines and Wagoner                                                  

July 10:        Kerry Michaels Due                                                       

July 17:        Smitty in The Mix                                                

July 24:       The Speako Chords                                                    

July 31:        Bell-McDowell Band                                                     

August 7:     Miles Over Mountains                                                  

August 14:   Genevieve Heyward                                                      

August 21:   Ben Harold Duo                                                              

EVERY SATURDAY 12:30-4:00pm                                                                                                                 

July 4:                 KLK Trio

July 11:                Breakwater Rocks

 July 18:              Fork in the Road

July 25:               The Del Rays

August 1:            Mason Street Band

August 8:            Glas Hamr

August 15:          Adam Trask Band* (*  Concert will be from 1:30-5:00pm

August 22:         Suzie and The Detonators

August 29:         Dr. Bombay

September 5:    Howard & The Blue

If you are looking for a lodge with wonderful views, please give us a call we would enjoy hosting you!

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You might want to check out the following new places to eat and drink in Door County!

Bangkok Asian Takeout, 7778 Hwy 42, Egg Harbor

Fresh Asian takeout from the Mojo Restaurant Group will eventually be located at the old Villaggio’s location in Juddville. For now, order from its pop-up location at Mojo Rosa’s in Egg Harbor.

Blackbird Bakeshop

Sara Unkefer’s bake shop specializes in custom cakes and pastries.

Bridge Up Brewing Taproom, 129 N. Madison Ave., Sturgeon Bay

Trent Snyder opened the taproom of his brewery downstairs from Sonny’s Pizzeria at the foot of the Michigan Street Bridge this spring. Small-batch local brews mean there’s always something new.

Clover and Ash, 8054 Hwy 57, Baileys Harbor

Opened in January 2020, the newly remodeled location featured Asian dishes, but now has pivoted to authentic Italian entrées.  

Fat Belly, 10621 N. Highland Road, Sister Bay

Look for burritos and bowls using fresh ingredients and custom flavor combos. Beer and wine are on tap. Located next door to Johnson’s Park.

The Filling Station at Husby’s, 10641 Bay Shore Dr., Sister Bay

This extension of Husby’s Garage Bar serves frozen drinks. They should be open the beginning of July.

Harbor Frozen Custard, 8078 Hwy 57, Baileys Harbor

Formerly known as Custard’s Last Stan, it’s open for the season and serving sandwiches, custard, coffee, smoothies, shakes, malts and candy.

Prince of Pierogi, 9922 Water St., Ephraim

Open this May, this Polish specialty shop serves pierogis, Polish sausage, hunter’s stew and more.

Red Oak Winery, 5781 Hwy 42, Carlsville

The formerly Sturgeon Bay-based winery is in the process of moving to a new location in Carlsville, with an estimated opening date in July.

The Spoon, 210 S. 1st Ave., Sturgeon Bay

Formerly the Frozen Spoon, it’s located at the foot of the Maple-to-Oregon-Street bridge and serves wraps, salads, sandwiches, pizzas and frozen yogurt.

Wally’s Weenie Wagon, downtown Baileys Harbor

This food truck serves Chicago-style hot dogs, gyros, poutine and more. 

Wild Pizza Works, 4633 Market Street, Egg Harbor

Formerly Wild Tomato, the takeout pizza establishment that shares the building with One Barrel Brewing has changed its name and now serves Roman-style pizza: rectangular in shape and sized as a meal for one.

Zero Sum, 10578 Country Walk Dr., Sister Bay

At the garden level of the Country Walk Shops, you’ll find freshly pressed juice, fruit smoothies, S’Good waffles and muffins, and local Isley coffee drinks. 

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