Those who remember the first Fish Day back in 1964, or who have attended a Fish Day since then, already know how much excitement, entertainment, and family fun is served up each year on the third Saturday in July.
Residents greet each other with calls of “Happy Fish Day!” and the whole town comes together in celebration – and welcomes visitors from all over the country.
But the day-long celebration is more than just fun, games and food.
Fish Day has long been the financial lifeline for a number of community civic organizations whose members run the fish stands throughout the day.
How they help
Improvements to the city:
- Rotary Park, which overlooks the Port Washington Marina, the breakwater lighthouse, and Lake Michigan itself
- The harbor walk that leads to the Fish Day festival grounds
- Kiwanis Pavilion in Upper Lake Park
- The marina’s two fish cleaning stations
Contributions to the community and quality of life:
- Recreational programs
- Charitable groups, programs, and events
- Service organizations
- Other community civic organizations