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Celebrate Independence Day Up North

Although this summer is undoubtedly different than summers past, there are still so many ways to celebrate this Independence Day this weekend: Let your eyes be dazzled by the fireworks over your favorite lake. Take part in a boat parade or a cruise on the country roads. Be wowed at a water ski shows. Or have fun at one of the other unique events happening Up North.

Here’s a rundown of some of the great festivities you’ll find in northern Wisconsin over Independence Day weekend.

Friday, July 3

Boulder Junction

Music on Main Street presents The Voice of Elvis, Clyde Masten. The performance will be held outdoors from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Boulder Junction Community Center located on Highway M, just south of Main Street, where there is ample space for social distancing.


Post Lake Fireworks will be held from 9:15 to 9:45 p.m. The fireworks will light up the skies over Upper Post Lake in front of Sunset View Resort, N11594 Post Lake Drive in Elcho.


North Woods Inn on Highway 55 at County Road A in Pickerel will host Celebrate America, a live music event, followed by fireworks presented by Perry Productions. Gates open at 4 p.m. and music starts at 4:30 p.m. There will be ample parking. Bring your lawn chairs so you can relax and enjoy the event. Visit northwoodsinnpickerel.com for more information.

Round Lake

The Round Lake fireworks display will begin at dusk.

Saturday, July 4


The City of Antigo’s fireworks display will take place on the Antigo High School grounds. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:20 p.m. There will be excellent viewing opportunities along 10th Avenue and Western. You can tune in to WATK 900 AM to hear patriotic music to accompany the festivities.

Boulder Junction

A small ceremony performed by American Legion Post 451 will be held at Veterans Memorial Triangle (5501 Cut-Off Road) at noon. Boulder Junction’s fireworks, sponsored by the Town of Boulder Junction, will dazzle your eyes starting at 10 p.m. at the Boulder Junction Airport. Secure your spot for an unbeatable view of the fireworks either at the easily accessible airport or by boat on Boulder Lake. The airport’s gates will open at 8 p.m. Cars will be parked with generous spacing to allow families to enjoy the display from a safe distance of one another in each party’s own vehicle. The Town of Boulder Junction asks you to be mindful of a few additional changes being implemented this year for the safety of all attendees: Private fireworks and grilling out is not permitted. Restrooms will not be available. There will be no play area upfront for children: families must stay in their vehicles. For more information, please contact the Boulder Junction Chamber office at (715) 385-2400 or visit boulderjct.org.


There will be a fireworks display at Lakewoods, on Highway M in Cable, over Lake Namakagon, beginning at dusk.


The Cassian Volunteer Fire Department’s car cruise will take place on Saturday, July 4, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Cassian Fire Department (9110 Church Road in Harshaw). Cars will travel 22 miles throughout the Harshaw and Goodnow area. Following the cruise will be an open house, where refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, visit http://www.townofcassian.org/index.php/fire-dept.


The Chain Skimmers will perform their water ski show on Lake Pleasant (5280 Highway 45 North in Conover), starting at 7:00 p.m.

Eagle River

Decorate your boat and participate in the Eagle River Chain Boat Parade! Meet on Catfish Lake at 10 a.m. The parade will process all the way to town and turn around after the marina, finishing at noon. An afternoon barbeque will take place after the parade. This event is free for everyone.


Dress up your boats and yourself—or just come along to enjoy this entertaining event: Post Lake Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, July 4. The boat parade will begin at Sunset View Resort at 1 p.m. and will proceed to Twin Oaks Resort (N10870 Circle Drive, Elcho, WI 54428). Following the parade, winners will be presented at Twin Oaks Resort.


River’s Edge Saloon on Highway 27 in Hayward will host fireworks beginning at dusk.

Sevenwinds Casino Lodge and Convention Center, located on Highway B in Hayward, will present fireworks behind the casino complex, starting at dusk.

Manitowish Waters

Greer’s Pier Marina will host a boat parade at 2:00 p.m. Skiing Skeeters Waterski Show will begin at 7:00 p.m. The fireworks display will start at dusk.

Michael Saint Music is hosting Manitowish Music in the Park from 3 to 6 p.m. at Frank B. Koller Memorial Park, 146 County Highway W, Manitowish Waters.


There will be an Independence Day parade in Downtown Mercer starting at 11 a.m. Mercer will host fireworks at dusk.


The Vintage Military Plane Flyover to honor veterans will take place at 4 p.m. The well-known Min-Aqua Bats Water Ski Team will perform at the Aqua Bowl (422 Park Avenue, Minocqua), starting at 7 p.m. The ski show is free. After dark, the Town of Minocqua will present a fireworks display over Lake Minocqua, viewable from Torpy Park.


The Phelps Chamber of Commerce’s first annual boat parade will begin at Millerville Lane Boat Landing (just off Highway 17 in Phelps) at 7 p.m. Boats will travel along the shoreline through downtown and end at Dublin Sports Bar and Grill. Fireworks will follow, at dusk. Boats are encouraged to stay on the lake and enjoy the show. Spectators will be able to view the parade from multiple locations along the lake. Registration is appreciated; those looking to register their boat in the parade may call the Phelps Chamber of Commerce at 715-545-3800, visit www.phelpswi.us or email the Chamber at chamber-office@phelpswi.us.


The city of Rhinelander will host its annual fireworks show at Hodag Park starting at dusk, approximately 9:30 p.m.

Three Lakes

The Lions Club of Three Lakes will host a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of the Oneida Village parking lot. The Lions will be selling refreshments, brats, and hot dogs.

The Three Lakes Town Board/Park Commission will host fireworks in Don Burnside Park, 6931 Stanzil Street in Three Lakes. Park personnel and fire department volunteers will assist with parking, barriers, and protection. People are invited to bring in their own food and drink.

Sunday, July 5

Boulder Junction

There will be a free fishing seminar at the Lions Pavilion behind the Community Center on Highway M in Boulder Junction, beginning at 7 p.m. There will be round-robin questions with Bob’s Manitowish Guide Service, Erv Keller Guide Service, Marty Clauson Fishing Adventures, and Mike Errinton’s Guide Service. Picnic benches are available inside the pavilion, or you can bring your own chair and sit on the lawn. This seminar is free to the public.

St. Germain

The Sunday Fun Day will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Germain Community Park.

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