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Planning your July 4 activities? Check out our 4th of July guide for all of the parades, picnics, and fireworks shows.


Fourth of July Celebration and Fireman’s Dance

Celebrate the Fourth in Burlington’s Echo Park, 595 Milwaukee Ave., starting at 2 p.m. Baggo tournament, live music by the Lunch Money Bullies (7 to 10:30 p.m.), beer, soda, and food. Tickets are $2, including an entry for the cash raffle. Fireworks at dusk.


Strike Up the Festivities – July 3 block party

Fourth Fest of Greater Racine is throwing a “block” party and Racine is invited! Strike up the Festivities on Monument Square from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Monument Square, Main Street between 5th and 6th streets. Enjoy live music by Mean Jake. Food and beverage available for purchase.

Strike Up the Festivities is a fundraiser for Fourth Fest of Greater Racine. All proceeds go to providing the parade and fireworks.

Racine Parade theme: A Storybook Parade

Don’t miss the Midwest’s largest July 4th Parade!  The 2018 theme is “A Storybook Parade.”

More than 120 parade entries will include living statues, bands, floats, entertainers and more. The parade starts at the intersection of Goold and Main Streets and runs south down Main Street through Downtown then turns west on 14th Street. Arrive early to get a curbside seat! Pre-parade featuring antique cars starts at 8:45 a.m. Free – donations welcome.

Spectacular fireworks can be viewed anywhere along the shores of Lake Michigan starting at dusk (approx. 9:20 p.m.)

Parade of Planes show to be featured during July 4 festivities


Raymond Celebration Set for July 3-4

Everyone is invited to the Town of Raymond July 4 holiday celebration: “Small Town, Big Heart.”

The Kickoff Party runs from 2 to 11:30 p.m. July 3 with food, beverages and live music at the festival grounds, 76th Street between Highways G and K) Car/bike/truck show starts at 2 p.m.; Zumba at 6 p.m. Music by Lunch Money Bullies at 7:30 p.m. Free!

On July 4, the children’s parade starts at 12:45 from the festival grounds. It is followed by the main parade at 1 p.m. A holiday festival follows with pie and flower auctions, children’s games, tractor pull, cow pie bingo and live music. The day is capped off with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.


Sturtevant Fireworks set Tuesday

The village of Sturtevant annual Fireworks Celebration will kick off at 9 p.m. Tuesday Firemans Park, Charles Street off 90th.  Food available for purchase on the grounds. Fireworks at dusk (approx. 9:30 p.m.) Price: Parking $5 per vehicle.

Union Grove

Union Grove July 4 Parade

“Building for the Future” is the theme for the Union Grove July 4 Parade.

The parade steps off at 9:15 a.m. from the parking lot of the Racine County Fairgrounds on Highway 11 (19805 Durand Avenue). It will travel east to Highway 45 (Main Street) and then turn north proceeding through the business district to Union Grove High School.

The annual kiddie parade will assemble at 8:45 a.m. at the Graham Public Library parking lot and travel ahead of the main parade to Village Square Park.

Parade participation and sponsorship info. from the Greater Union Grove Area Chamber of Commerce (262-878-4606).


Independence Day in Waterford

Waterford is hosting an exciting lineup of  Independence Day festivities for the whole family.

Kids parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Milwaukee and Main streets. The main parade starts at 11 a.m. from Seventh and Main streets. Waterford Lions Club members will be selling tickets to their famous Duck Raffle along the parade route. Raffle proceeds help pay for the parade. The raffle drawing is 1:15 p.m. at Ten Club Park.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.