Organizers gear up for Independence Day event at full capacity


GREEN BAY – The biggest pyrotechnic show in the region is back in force this year for July 4th.

The Festival Foods Fire Over the Fox event was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and scaled back in 2021, but organizers are preparing to hold a full-capacity event this Independence Day.

“Local businesses in Downtown Green Bay will be open to all patriotic pedestrians this July 4th,” said Emily Cubitt, Marketing Manager for Downtown Green Bay, Inc. “Live music will fill the streets as sales of vacation and the unique menus will keep you busy in the shops and restaurants in the neighborhoods.”

Cubitt said a range of sights and sounds along the downtown waterfront on both sides of the Fox River are available throughout the day.
“Keep cool with a craft drink, support the locals on Independence Day and end the day with the brightest fireworks show in the region,” she said.
This year’s celebration will kick off at 3 p.m. at downtown locations including Leicht Park, the parking lot of the Neville Museum, along the Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge and the Green Bay City Deck.

“The community has been looking forward to this event returning in full force,” said Allie Thut, Special Events Manager for On Broadway, Inc.. “This is one of the biggest events in downtown Green Bay, and it really brings the community together for an entire evening of entertainment and fun.”

There will be live music scattered throughout the area – including a main stage in Leicht Park, a children’s stage and activities in the Neville Public Museum car park and a music stage on City Deck as well.

Food trucks of all kinds will line the Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge linking river activities from one side to the other.

“You’ll see some of your favorite activities finally return to this year’s event,” Thut said. “Expect a Waterboard Warriors show, live music, bouncing houses, food trucks, drinks and more.”

The Waterboard Warriors water ski show, scheduled for 4 p.m., can be viewed from the shores of Leicht Park or from the Main Street Bridge.
Organizers estimate the event draws more than 100,000 people to downtown Green Bay, and with the return to full capacity, they expect attendance to return to normal.

The fireworks begin after dusk and are accompanied by music.

VIP seats
Tickets are on sale now for the VIP lounge area along the river on the cobblestone sidewalk of Leicht Memorial Park – for those looking for the “best spot in the house” to watch the patriotic display.

The cost is $12 to reserve a chair for a designated close-up view of the show.

People will be allowed into the VIP seating area from 7:30 p.m.

Ticket holders will choose their seat upon arrival on a first-come, first-served basis.

One ticket is required per person.

For more information and a link to purchase VIP tickets, go to downtowngreenbay.com.