4th of July in Wisconsin: Top 10 Fireworks Displays
Last Updated: 7/21/2016
Wisconsin knows how to rock summer and our nation’s birthday calls for blow-out celebrations. So put on your red, white and blue and check out some of these family-friendly 4th of July fireworks and celebrations in Wisconsin.
Don’t miss the chance to see the fireworks over the greatest of the Great Lakes at Bayfield’s Fourth of July Festivities. Boating enthusiasts will love the blindfolded dinghy race and foodies will scoop up the opportunity to pick berries at local farms. If you’re looking for a little culture, the Red Cliff Traditional Pow-Wow is sure to satisfy.
And La Pointe’s parade on Madeline Island is a must-see. The eclectic floats, prizes for best displays and music from Big Top Chautauqua musicians have landed this unique parade on RoadTripsForFamilies.com’s list of the Top 10 “Best Fourth of July Fireworks Celebrations & Displays.”
Boasting the biggest fireworks display north of Milwaukee, Fire Over the Fox is a daylong festival packed with a lineup of national acts, ceremonies and salutes, food and carnival rides. Don't miss the waterski show on the Fox River!
Egg Harbor's fireworks display over the bay by the same name was voted the best in Door County. A lively Indepedence Day parade follows in this two-day event, with other highlights including food, music and the UW-Madison Marching Band.
Known as Wisconsin's elk capital, Clam Lake offers the perfect natural setting for a fireworks display. Gather on the lawn of the Clam Lake Community Club to take in this show over the shores of Upper Clam Lake. It's hard to get more "Northwoods" than this tiny unincorporated community in the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
It’s a weekend of Independence Day with Riverfront Rendezvous, when Pfiffner Pioneer Park fills with live music, from polka to rock. Check out the poetry slam and then quench your thirst with a beer from the local Stevens Point Brewery. Bring the little ones along for Kids Day. Fireworks and a lighted boat parade are the main events on Sunday night.
Get to Memorial Park early for a good seat at the Fox Cities area's best fireworks display. Highlights include live bands, a children's activity area and food vendors, with all proceeds going to the Appleton Area Jaycees.
Downtown Dells hosts one of the most spectacular displays in Wisconsin. Over 1,300 fireworks will be launched at this year’s Fireworks Extravaganza, making the gigantic display visible from just about anywhere within the city limits. If you’re heading downtown, be sure to find your spot before dusk to enjoy on-site refreshments and activities for the whole family!
Shake the Lake, a free outdoor celebration along Madison's Lake Monona, features a marketplace for everything from produce to antiques to crafts, along with food and music. The show-stopping fireworks display is Wisconsin's largest. Other entertainment includes a performance by human cannonball David "The Bullet" Smith and an exhibition bout by local roller derby league the Mad Rollin' Dolls.
Milwaukee’s lakefront will be ablaze during the U.S. Bank Fireworks at the Lakefront at Veterans Park. Pack some snacks, a blanket and a lawn chair or two and come to Milwaukee for one of the most popular Fourth of July fireworks shows. Words of wisdom – come early for a prime spot and enjoy the Fireworks Kite Festival before the show.
Farther west, La Crosse boasts Riverfest, a four-day festival along the Mississippi. The celebration involves hypnotists, local and big-name bands, kids shows with magic and clowns, and lots and lots of food. Whether you’re a spectator (water ski show and pole jumping), or a participant (runs/walks and kids trike and big wheel races), this event is chock full of unique family fun--there's even baby races! Where else can you see a sand sculpting competition, enjoy live music and eat a fried pickle on a stick all in the same day?
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