Wisconsin 4th of July Fests With More Than Fireworks

You’ll find fireworks and fun throughout Wisconsin this Independence Day. Here are 10 of our favorite Fourth of July festivals offering spectacular fireworks with unique festivities or ways to view the show.

Hitch a Ride to the Show

Fireworks CruiseHudson

This St. Croix River cruise is offered on two nights, one with a tasty herb-baked chicken and barbecued ribs dinner. See Hudson’s fireworks on July 1 or Stillwater’s display on July 4.

Fireworks Express Train RideOsceola

Head just a bit further north to ride the rails aboard a historic train and see the fireworks just across the Minnesota border in Marine on St. Croix. Bring the whole family and your own snacks for this round trip. Buses will transport you from the train to the downtown display.

Artful Fireworks Fests

Concert in the Park Independence Celebration Portage

What’s better than just fireworks? Music and fireworks! Bring a lawn chair or blanket to hear the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra perform in a downtown park before a stunning display over the Wisconsin River.

Summer Fest Concert & FireworksFish Creek

This small Door County community puts its own spin on Independence Day with a dinghy parade in Fish Creek Harbor. Enjoy a local band, favorite summer foods and cold beer as you await a huge fireworks display over the water.

Fire on the River – Sauk City 

Get artsy with plein air painting and stuff your belly with the Flavors of Sauk Prairie during this one-day festival highlighting sister communities Sauk City and Prairie du Sac. In addition to live music, dance and theater presentations, the event will feature an outdoor movie, games and art projects for kids. The day culminates in a fireworks show over the Wisconsin River.

See Stunts Before Booms

July 4th Celebration – Manitowish Waters

A vintage plane fly-over steals the show and adds nostalgia to Manitowish Waters’ downtown parade. The day also includes an arts and crafts show, cookout and cold drinks, aircraft displays and rides, a giant playground and kids’ game tent, water ski show and, of course, fireworks!

Independence Day on the RockJanesville

The Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team headline these Fourth festivities along the Rock River. You can take part in an anything-that-floats competition, go for a helicopter ride or let the kids play in the bounce house. A nearly half-hour fireworks show ends the day.

From Unique to Wacky

July 4th Celebration – Lac du Flambeau

This Independence Day celebration offers an extra dose of Wisconsin heritage with a celebratory pow-wow hosted by the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Native American crafts and food, a parade and the pow-wow precede a fireworks display at dusk.

4th of July CelebrationBagley 

In America’s Dairyland, it’s hard to get more patriotic than watching a rodeo and playing cow chip bingo! A parade, chicken barbecue, flea market and bean bag tournament fill the day before the dusk fireworks display, followed by a street dance.

4th of July FestivitiesSiren 

Get a little zany with the bed races along downtown streets at this Fourth of July fest, which also offers a thousand-participant 5K, homemade pie and ice cream social, patriotic concert and street dance. Fireworks will be shot off over Crooked Lake.


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