Area Fourth of July events
The Park Drive Fourth of July Kiddie Parade starts at the Zwissler garage on Park Drive on Sunday, July 4. The parade lines up at 10:45 a.m. and will be followed by a picnic.
The Lake Keesus Advancement Association will sponsor a fireworks show at 9:25 p.m. Saturday, July 10, firing off from the bridge between Camps Whitcomb and Mason. Donations toward the cost of the fireworks are falling short this year. Send contributions to LKAA Fireworks, P.O. Box 618, Merton, WI 53056.
North Lake Yacht Club
The yacht club will sponsor the Fourth of July fireworks to be displayed on Sunday, July 4. Contributions are needed in order to continue this event. Flares for the shoreline display after the fireworks will be available for purchase. Cost: $2.75. Checks for flares and firework contributions should be made payable to NYLC and mailed to P.O. Box 232, North Lake, WI 53064. Flares will be available for pick up Saturday, June 26.
The annual Oconomowoc Independence Day Parade, sponsored by the Oconomowoc Rotary Club, will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 3 from Roosevelt Park, north on Main Street, east on Wisconsin Avenue, north at the roundabout and end at Fowler Park. Food and beverages will be available from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the park. City of Oconomowoc fireworks begin at dusk at the park.
Annual Fourth of July Festival from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 3 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 4, at the Stone Bank Community Park, W335 N6963 Stone Bank Road, Stone Bank. A variety of foods and beverages will be available including burgers, brats, chicken, fries, corn and Merton Custard.
Musical entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday will be provided by "Mr. Lucky Swing Syndicate" and by the "Barracudas" from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Town of Summit
The annual Watertown Fourth of July Celebration will take place Friday through Sunday, July 2-4, at Riverside Park on Labaree St. There will be carnival rides, food and beverages, live music, craft fair, Karaoke contest, 4H petting zoo and more. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:45 p.m. Saturday, July 3. Rain date: Sunday, July 4. A parade will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 4, downtown Main St.
For information, call Watertown Chamber of Commerce, (920) 261-2360 or visit www.watertownchamber.org.
The July Fourth fireworks will be at 9:30 p.m. at the County Expo. Grounds open at 7.
The Fourth of July Parade begins at 1 p.m. at Cutler park, goes west on Wisconsin to West Avenue, turns right at Main street, east through downtown, left on Buckley, right on Baxter and finishes at Frame Park. Free ice cream for kids in the parade.
Waukesha County Museum
Check out these local Fourth of July events and celebrate the holiday with friends and family.
Stone Bank Fourth of July Festival: 3-11 p.m. Jul. 3; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Jul. 4, Stone Bank Community Park, W335n6983 Stone Bank Rd, Merton. Sponsored by the Stone Bank Lions Club, event includes burgers, brats, chicken, fries, corn and ice cream. Music 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday by Mr. Lucky Swing Syndicate and by Bobby Way and the Wayouts from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Parade begins at 11 a.m. at Stone Bank School and ends at Stone Bank Community Park.,
Okauchee Lake Fireworks and Venetian Night Boat Parade: 9 p.m. Jul. 3, Weissgerber's Golden Mast Inn, W349-N5293 Lacy's Lane, Okauchee Lake. Fourth of July fireworks and lighted boat parade on the lake. View from the island between The Golden Mast and the Hideaway, Okauchee Lake., www.weissgerbers.com.
Sussex Fourth of July: 9:30 a.m. Jul. 4, Sussex Village Park, W224N6196 Weaver Drive, Sussex. Kiddie parade starts at 9:30 a.m. at Village Hall and ends at Village Park. Patriotic entertainment starts at 7 p.m. at Village Park with Accompany of Kids. Fireworks start at 9:20 p.m.,
Delafield Independence Day: 10 a.m. Jul. 4, American Legion Post 196, 333 N. Lapham Peak Rd., Delafield. Delafield American Legion Post 196 sponsors its annual Fourth of July community parade starting at 10 a.m. from the City of Delafield municipal parking lot at Main and Dopkins streets to Legion Hall. Flag retirement ceremony, judging of decorated bikes and refreshments follow.
Waukesha Fourth of July Parade: 11 a.m. Jul. 4, Frame Park, 1120 Baxter St., Waukesha. Parade starts at 11 a.m. at Maple and Wisconsin to Frame Park.
Butler Fourth of July: 2 p.m. Jul. 4, Butler Frontier Park, 5301 Park Dr., Butler. The July 4 parade will start at 2 p.m. Travel north on 127th Street from Arden to Frontier Park. Festivities after the parade at Frontier Park include a dunk tank, rock wall, face painting, hula hoop contest, pie eating contest, sack races, food, music and more. Fireworks at dusk. (414) 840-6602.
Pewaukee Independence Day: 5-10 p.m. Jul. 4, Lakefront Park, 222 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee. Parade kicks off at 5 p.m. from Pewaukee High School followed by a street celebration with burgers, brats, beer, soda and other food. Watch the water-ski show from Lakefront Park at 6:45 p.m. followed by music and fireworks at dusk.
Waukesha Expo Fireworks: 7:15 p.m. Jul. 4, Waukesha County Expo Center - Grounds, 1000 Northview Rd., Waukesha. Program starts at 7:15 p.m. with fireworks at dusk. www.waukeshacountyexpo.com.
An Old World Fourth of July: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jul. 4, Old World Wisconsin, W372-S9727 Hwy 67, Eagle. $9-16; $43 for families oldworldwisconsin.wisconsinhistory.org.
City of Delafield
The fun starts early this year with a fireworks display over Lake Nagawicka at dusk on Saturday, July 2.
The rain date is Sunday, July 3. Spectators are invited to watch from wherever they please; no specific viewing location has been assigned. Feel free to park along the road or even take a boat ride to enjoy the view.
The Delafield American Legion Post 196 will host its annual Fourth of July community parade on Monday, July 4. Lineup for the parade begins in the City of Delafield municipal parking lot (on Main and Dopkins streets) at 9 a.m. The parade steps off at 10 a.m., and head east on Main Street, then south on North Lapham Peak Road to Legion Hall, 333 N. Lapham Peak Road.
Businesses, clubs and organizations should register to participate; no registration is required for children with decorated bikes or nonmotorized vehicles. Contact parade coordinator Kelly Bukowsky at (262) 893-8484 to register.
City of Oconomowoc
Head north, and you'll find festivities in the City of Oconomowoc. A parade begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 2, going from Roosevelt Park to Fowler Park.
After the parade until the fireworks begin at dusk, concessions will be available at the park; proceeds go to the Oconomowoc Rotary and its works.
Town of Oconomowoc
The weekend's festivities continue on Sunday, with the Okauchee Lake Fourth of July fireworks and Venetian Night lighted boat parade at 9 p.m. on Okauchee Lake.
What would the Fourth of July be without a little family fun? Lake Country communities plan to celebrate the holiday with plenty of patriotic favorites, ranging from beer and brats to all-day events.
Schedules for communities holding their own festivities are listed below. Some communities plan to celebrate earlier than others, so make sure to check your community's listing before heading out to take part in the fun!
City of Delafield
American Legion Post 196
Fourth of July community parade
When: Monday, July 4
Where: Parade begins going east on Main Street and heads south on North Lapham Peak Road to Legion Hall (333 N. Lapham Peak Road)
Schedule: 9 a.m., lineup begins in the City of Delafield municipal parking lot (Main and Dopkins streets); parade starts at 10
Contact: Businesses, clubs and organizations should register to participate; no registration is required for children with decorated bikes or nonmotorized vehicles. Call parade coordinator Kelly Bukowsky, (262) 893-8484, to register.
Dusk, Saturday, July 2 (raindate July 3), Fireworks begin over Lake Nagawicka
City of Oconomowoc
Independence Day parade
When: Saturday, July 2
Where: Fowler Park
Schedule: 4 p.m., parade begins at Roosevelt Park (ends at Fowler Park)
After the parade until the fireworks begin, concessions - including beer and food - will be available at Fowler Park; proceeds go to the Oconomowoc Rotary and its works.
Dusk (about 9:15 p.m.), Fireworks begin over Fowler Lake
Town of Oconomowoc
Okauchee Lake Fourth of July fireworks
and Venetian Night lighted boat parade
When: 9 p.m. Sunday, July 3
Where: Okauchee Lake
Contact: (262) 567-3495.
Donations are still needed to fund this year's fireworks show.
Stone Bank Lions Club
Fourth of July Festival and Parade
When: Beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 3
Where: Stone Bank Community Park
Music will be provided by Mr. Lucky Swing Syndicate from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday
On Monday, music will be provided from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the park by Bobby Way and the Wayouts. Raffle drawing at 4 p.m. (need not be present to win); festival closes at 6 p.m.
When: Monday, July 4
Where: Parade begins at Stone Bank School, N68 W33866 Highway K, Stone Bank
Schedule: 9 a.m., lineup begins; parade follows at 11
Contact: Registration is required to participate for floats, vehicles, boats, horses and motorcycles. Cost is $20 after Monday, June 27.
No entry fee or registration required for the children's categories of bikes, children's floats, doll buggies and coaster wagons.
Forms and rules are available at stonebanklionsclub.tripod.com. Contact Joanne Heup at (262) 966-2014 for more information or to volunteer.
Village of Lac La Belle
Village Fireworks Display
When: Dusk, Saturday, July 2
Where: Fireworks display will be set off from the Olin Sang Ruby Institute.
Village of Oconomowoc Lake
Village fireworks display
When: Saturday, July 2
Where: Fireworks display will be set off from a barge on the lake at dusk.
Village of Pewaukee
Village of Pewaukee
Independence Day activities
When: Monday, July 4
Where: Pewaukee Village at the Lakefront on Wisconsin Avenue
Schedule: 5 p.m., parade begins at Pewaukee Public Schools campus
The parade will be followed by a street celebration including beer/soda, burgers, brats and other snacks, with proceeds going toward the fireworks fund for this year and next.
The chamber will feature a tent with free Pewaukee maps, community guides and postcards for the community, along with raffles from chamber businesses.
6:45 p.m., Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club performance, sponsored by Positively Pewaukee
East Troy Lions Club 4th of July celebration: June 30-July 3, at the Amusement Park, 3072 Graydon Ave., East Troy. Wristbands are available at Gus's Drive-In for $14 in advance and $17 at the festival. A $5 admission fee will be charged for music shows. Visit www.easttroylions.org for more information.
5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Thursday
5 to 11 p.m., Carnival; wristband hours: 5 to 10 p.m.
8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Live music by Tuskan Road
2 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday
2 p.m., Beer tent opens
2 to 11 p.m., Carnival; wristband hours: 5 to 10 p.m.
6:30 p.m., Garden tractor pulls
8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Live music by 76 Juliet
Noon to 12:30 a.m. Saturday
8 a.m., Softball tournament at St. Peter's Field, 3001 Elm St. Call Bill McCarthy at (262) 684-5047 for more information.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Car show, rain or shine, at East Troy Middle School, 3143 Graydon Ave. Registration: $9. Cars must register by 9 a.m. Awards presented at 2 p.m. For more information, call Jerry Price at (920) 563-4003.
10 a.m., Truck and tractor pulls at 2021 West St., including super stock 4x4s, super stock trucks, super farm tractors, heavy smokers and more. Admission $8, kids younger than 5 free.
Noon to 11 p.m., Carnival
1 p.m., Kiddie parade, "Kids are people too," at the amusement park grandstand
2 p.m., Wrist wrestling
3:30 to 7:30 p.m., Live music by Hoi Polloi
8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Live music by Love Monkeys
Fireworks display at dark
Noon to 9 p.m. Sunday
1 p.m., Parade "Proud to be an American"
The parade will feature Pioneer Drum Bugle Corps, Racine Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps, Midwest Legends, Big Top Brass Band, East Troy High School band, Teal Sound from Florida, and Blue Saints from Canada. Nonperishable food will be collected during the parade for the East Troy Food Pantry.
Noon to 9 p.m., Carnival; wristband hours: 3 to 8 p.m.
3:30 to 9 p.m., Live music by 4 Lane Highway
3 p.m. raffle drawing at the beer tent. The grand prize is a 2011 Harley-Davidson Dyna Fat Bob FXDF; cash prizes will also be raffled off.
The Lake Beulah Fireworks will be held at dusk Sunday, July 3, off Buck Island on the main lake. Rain date is Monday, July 4. To make a donation for the 2011 display, send a check made out to Lake Beulah Fireworks, P.O. Box 528 East Troy, WI 53120.
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle
Come see how Fourth of July celebrations looked in rural villages in 19th-century Wisconsin at Old World Wisconsin starting at 10 a.m. July 4.
The day's highlights will include trotting races by the Morgan Horse Association, held in the German area. The Harmony Cornet Band will play patriotic music of the 19th century. Guests are welcome to join in a tug-of-war competition; overall winners will go against the site's oxen team. There will be a 1:30 p.m. parade, featuring the Goddess of Liberty, the Missing Link, suffragettes and more. Old-fashioned contests include sack races, an egg toss, horseshoes, giant pickup sticks, lotto and more. Visitors may sample some homemade lemonade or enjoy the country picnic buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Old World Wisconsin admission is $16 for adults, $14 for students and senior citizens (65 and older), $9 for children 5-17 or $43 families (up to two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17). Free admission for veterans with proof of service. Admission includes tram transportation.
Country Picnic: $13 for adults, $6 for children 5-12 and free for children 4 and under.
For more information www.oldworldwisconsin.org or call (262) 594-6300.
Rumble by the River will be held in Village Park, Highways 164 and L, on June 8-9.
The event will kick off with a Friday fish fry from 5 to 9 p.m. sponsored by the Big Bend Fire Department. The beer tent will feature live music by Debacle from 7 to 11 p.m.
Events begin at 11 a.m. Saturday with the truck and tractor pull. Food, beverages, Kids Zone, bands and vendors for the ladies will be available. The Sweet Tarts will play in the evening after the annual fireworks presentation, sponsored by the Village of Big Bend and the Town of Vernon.
Admission to the truck and tractor pull and the daytime activities is $10 for 13 and older, free to kids 12 and younger. Advance tickets will be available at the Village Hall for $8. A nonperishable food donation would be appreciated.
For more information on sponsoring, volunteering or the events, visit www.bigbendpull.com or call the Village Hall at (262) 662-2747.
The Village of Sussex and its neighboring communities are planning for fun and festivity this Fourth of July. The lineups include favorites such as parades, festivals, and fireworks.
Make sure to check your community's calendar of events before slapping on some sunscreen and joining the fun.
Village of Sussex
Parade and fireworks
When: Monday, July 4
Where: Parade begins at Sussex Village Hall and ends at Village Park
Schedule: 9:30 a.m. kiddie parade begins, Accompany of Kids perform at 7 p.m. in Village Park and fireworks begin at 9:20
Village of Butler
Village parade and festivities
When: 2 p.m. parade steps off on Monday, July 4
Where: Parade begins on Arden and 127th Street and travels north on 127th Street to Frontier Park
Schedule: Activities at Frontier Park following the parade include food, music, rock wall, dunk tank and more
Contact: Sue Hesselgrave at (414) 840-6602
Village of Menomonee Falls
Parade and fireworks
When: Parade begins at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:30 on Sunday, July 3; rain date for fireworks is dusk July 5
Where: Appleton Avenue and Elm Lane
Schedule: Parade begins at Elm Lane and proceeds down Appleton Avenue to Woosencraft Drive (Menomonee Falls High School).
Note: The village warns parade patrons that although they are allowed to lay claim to a viewing spot by roping/taping off areas no earlier than 24 hours before the event, they are no longer allowed to reserve space with tarps or other lawn furniture, as in past years.
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