After the hot dogs have been eaten and the parades have marched by, there’s only one way to close out the perfect Fourth of July – a show-stopping, heart-pounding, fantastic fireworks display!
All over the state you’ll find communities showing off their spirit with awesome fireworks shows – and as an extra bonus for families, many of these events offer kid-friendly activities, games and more to keep the celebration going all evening. Check out where to find some of Wisconsin’s best!
Don’t miss the chance to see the fireworks over the Great Lakes at Bayfield’s Fourth of July Festivities. Boating enthusiasts will love taking a cruise around the island and foodies will scoop up the opportunity to pick berries at local farms.
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 made this unique parade one of the best small town Fourth of July celebrations in Wisconsin.
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 was voted the best in Door County. The fireworks shoot off on July 3rd, and a lively Independence Day parade kicks off festivities on the Fourth. Other highlights include food, music and a performance by 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 full weekend of fun at the Riverfront Rendezvous, when Pfiffner Pioneer Park hosts dozens of live music performances, playing everything from reggae to rock. Check out the trivia contest or comedy show, and quench your thirst with a local beer from Stevens Point Brewery. Bring the little ones along for games and prizes on 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 biggest 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 celebration along Lake Monona, is Wisconsin’s largest fireworks display. An evening of food and live music kicks off this must-see spectacle in downtown Madison, and all leads up to an incredible show over the water. Arrive before the fireworks to check out the petting zoo, and to see the Human Cannonball shoot off into the lake!
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 features hypnotists, local and big-name bands, kids shows with magic and comedy, and lots and lots of food.
From giant inflatables to a Burger Bash, this event is chock full of unique family fun--there's even baby races! Where else can you see a pole vaulting competition, enjoy live music and eat a fried pickle on a stick all in the same day?