In what I find to be a very interesting change, Summerfest will close the gates for the July 4th 2011 holiday. This is the first time that they will shut down in the middle of the run. Summerfest management stated that the festival will run through Sunday July 10th. This will cut out the Monday doldrums that seem to occur down at the festival. Summerfest tickets do not sell well when the Forth of July lands on a Monday, and that is exactly what is lining up for 2011.
I like the idea of closing for one day. It's tough for music fans to decide between attending the local fireworks, or seeing a band that you love. My holiday starts early that day, and I don't feel like heading down to the festival grounds after eating a ton of great food. This way, we can enjoy the holiday, and know that we won't have to decide between family traditions, and music.