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You’d be hard-pressed to find a place that celebrates Independence Day with more zeal than Racine County! There are no less than four parades on Saturday, July 4 plus fireworks shows, dances, food and lots of family fun. Come along with Real Racine to plan a fun-filled time.

Come home for Fourth Fest. This year’s “Welcome Home” theme celebrates military personnel returning home as well as friends and family returning to Racine. The Racine Fourth Fest Parade on Saturday expects more than 120 entries, including floats, bands, horses, antique cars, clowns and entertainers. Get your seat early along the Main Street route. The pre-parade starts at 8:15 a.m. and the main parade steps off at 9 a.m. The day doesn’t end with the parade — the annual fireworks show starts at 9:20 p.m. along the lakefront. The North Beach and Racine Harbor areas are among the best vantage points.

Celebrating in Union Grove. Union Grove’s July 4 Parade gets under way at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. The parade route runs from the Racine County Fairgrounds along Highways 11 and 45 (Main Street) finishing up at Union Grove High School. This year’s theme “This Land is Your Land” includes the Junior Lighthouse Brigade and the Belle City Brassworks plus more bands, floats and displays. The annual kiddie parade assembles at the Graham Public Library parking lot at 8:45 a.m. and precedes the main parade to Village Square Park.

Ducks and marching in Waterford. Waterford’s Independence Day Parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at Seventh and Main streets and proceeds west down Main. The Waterford Lions Club will be selling tickets to their famous Duck Raffle along the parade route. Raffle proceeds help pay for the parade. The raffle will wrap up at 1:10 p.m. from Ten Club Park along the river.

Fun in Raymond. The Town of Raymond invites everyone to a two-day celebration Friday and Saturday. It starts at 7:30-11:30 p.m. Friday with food, beverages and live music at the festival grounds (76th Street between Highways G and K). On Saturday, the children’s parade starts at 12:45 p.m. from the festival grounds. It is followed by the main parade “Freedom is Founded on Faith” at 1 p.m. A festival follows with general and silent auctions, pie auction, volleyball, children’s games and live music. The day is capped off by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Kick up your heels. Burlington’s Echo Park, 595 Milwaukee Ave., is the place to be for Saturday’s Fourth of July Celebration and Fireman’s Dance. The fun starts at 2 p.m. and includes a baggo tournament, live music by the Lunch Money Bullies from 7 to 10:30 p.m. ($2, including a cash raffle entry), beer, soda and food. The fireworks show starts at dusk over the ChocolateFest grounds. Advance tickets at the Town of Burlington fire station.

Light up the night. A special edition of the Browns Lake Aquaducks Water-Ski show is at Fischer Park, 30400 Durand Ave., east of Burlington on Saturday. The junior show starts at 4:30 p.m. followed by the main show at 6 p.m. At dusk, is the Venetian Night parade of lighted boats with the theme “TV Shows.” Fireworks follow the parade. A ring of fire lights on the shoreline are tentatively planned after the fireworks.

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