With the 4th of July just around the corner, you might be wondering where you should go to watch a parade. There are plenty of states and cities that boast about having the best parades. However, you need not look any further than Wisconsin. In the heart of the Midwest, we know how to celebrate this great national holiday and would love for you to join us.
7 Top Fourth Of July Parades In Wisconsin
1. Eagle River Parade – Eagle River, WI
WHEN: 11am, July 4th, 2016
WHERE: Wall Street, from Silver Lake Street to Railroad Street
This parade features more than sixty different floats and a wonderful dose of Northwoods fun. Eagle River is named for the bald eagles that call it home and what better way to celebrate Independence Day. Be sure to stick around for the fireworks show, which begins at dusk over the Hi-Pines Campground.
2. Augusta Bean and Bacon Days Grand Parade – Augusta, WI
WHEN: 1:30pm, July 3th, 2016 (Week of events: Jun 30 – July 4)
WHERE: Lincoln Street, from Lafayette Street to Water Street, taking a right to finish outside the Augusta Area Nursing Home so that residents can share in the fun.
What’s a parade without a little competition? At the Augusta Bean and Bacon Days Grand Parade, there are usually over 150 entrants, competing for best in parade. There are different categories that participants can choose to enter in, like float, tractor, or comedy. Immediately following the parade there is a pie and ice cream social at Augusta United Methodist Church on Brown Street.
3. Egg Harbor’s 4th of July Parade – Door County, WI
WHEN: 1:30 pm, July 4th, 2016
WHERE: South along Hwy 42 from Hwy E to Hwy T.
Considered to be the best in Door County, this parade is a definite must-see. Egg Harbor has been voted among the top coolest small towns. There’s also live music as part of Egg Harbor’s Concert in the Park series.
4. Old World Wisconsin Open-Air Museum and Parade – Eagle, WI
WHEN: 10am-5pm, July 4th, 2016
WHERE: The Crossroads Village, Old World Wisconsin
TICKETS: Adults $16, children 5-17 $9, children under 5 free, students and senior citizens $14, and family ticket $43.
Looking to travel back in time, then come to Old World Wisconsin and celebrate the Fourth of July in a traditional way. There are no fancy cars or tractors here because they weren’t invented yet! In general, Old World Wisconsin is a marvel to see, but it is truly something spectacular as this time of year.
5. Racine’s 4th Fest Parade – Racine, WI
WHEN: 8:30am pre-parade (emergency and military vehicles, classic cars, farm equipment, and the like), 9am parade, July 4th, 2016
WHERE: Main Street, from Goold Street to 14th Street, then west on 14th Street to the Golden Rondelle Theater.
As the Midwest’s largest Fourth of July parade, the Racine Parade is simply awesome! This parade was voted second to D.C. for best places to spend Independence Day! We advise that you arrive early to stake out a spot as people are known to show up as early as 5am.
6. Milwaukee Fourth of July Celebrations – Milwaukee, WI
If you are in the Milwaukee Area and do not wish to venture far then you’re in luck. There are so many different parades all around the city. Each park does its own celebration but at varying times through out the weekend, so you can check out more than just one.Also don’t forget to see the Annual Kite Festival on July 3 beginning at 11am and of course, there are fireworks at night!
7. Stone Bank Parade & Festival – Stone Bank, WI
WHEN: 11:00am, July 4, 2016
WHERE: Starts at Stone Bank School, which is located at N68 W33866 County Road K in Oconomowoc, and ends at Stone Bank Community Park at W335 N6983 Stone Bank Road.
This year marks the 61st Annual Fourth of July Parade for Stone Bank, WI. Just 32 miles west of Milwaukee, this little town knows how to throw a party! After the parade there’s food and drink at the Community Park! The grilled corn is phenomenal!
This article was written by Alina Dix.