Green Bay, with an estimated population of 102,313 residents, is a port on the Bay of Green Bay, an arm of Lake Michigan. Green Bay is the seat of Brown County, Wisconsin. The area was first settled in 1634 with the establishment of a fur trading post and incorporated as a town in 1754, becoming part of the U.S. in 1783. Institutions of higher learning include the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.
Green Bay is most noted for the Green Bay Packers. The enthusiasm shown for the team and the game identifies the people of Green Bay as passionate and loyal. The team was founded by a group of men from a local meat packing plant, from which it got its famous name "Packers."
The city is home to a diverse culture base established and supported by the French, Polish, Italian, and Irish immigrants who settled in the area after westward expansion of the United States. Attracting over 100,000 visitors to downtown Green Bay, the International Bayfest is the largest music and food festival north of Milwaukee. Three music stages present a wide range of genres including jazz, reggae, blues, and country. The opening of the festival is a lighted boat parade on the Fox River and fireworks display. Other festivals include Artstreet, Taste on Broadway, Celebrate De Pere, Pumpkin Palooza, and the Holiday Parade.
Green Bay is home to the National Railroad Museum, the Neville Public Museum, and The Oneida Nation Museum, which serves local, national, and international visitors and is one of the oldest Native American museums in the United States. Art galleries in the area highlight an eclectic art community. Some galleries of note to visit are the Lawton Gallery, the Carol and Robert Bush Art Center, and The Art Garage. Other points of interest in the area are the Bay Beach Amusement park, Bay Park Square, Cofrin Memorial Arboretum, Fort Fun, NEW Zoo, Tundra Lodge Resort & Waterpark and, even if you aren't a football fan, the famous Lambeau Field.