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Communities celebrate Fourth of July fun

June 24, 2013

The Fourth of July is bringing lots of family fun to the area. Festivals, fireworks and free music reign over the weekend. Here's a roundup of just some of the local celebrations.


Old World Fourth of July

The celebration and parade takes place in Crossroads Village on July 4 and resembles those held in small towns at the turn of the 19th century.

Tickets are $16 for adults and $9 for children 5-17. Children younger than 5 get in free. Students and seniors are eligible for a reduced rate of $14 or a family pass for two adults and two or more children is available for $43. Veterans with proof of service receive free admission.

For more information, visit or call (262) 594-6301.

Eagle Spring Lake Celebration

July 4 brings a kids parade to Eagle in Lower Clarks Park. Everyone is invited to participate by showing off decorated bikes, wagons and strollers. Ice cream will be served afterward.

On July 6 the celebration continues with a boat parade at 7:15 p.m. directly followed by a fireworks display. In the case of inclement weather, both will be postponed to July 13.

East Troy

Lake Beulah

The Lake Beulah fireworks are set for dusk Wednesday, July 3, over Lake Beulah's main lake. The rain date is July 4. Donations are appreciated and can be sent to Lake Beulah Fireworks, P.O. Box 528, East Troy, WI.

East Troy Lions

The East Troy Lions 4th of July celebration runs July 3-7 at the East Troy Amusement Park. The carnival gates open at 5 p.m. July 3 with live music that night.

Friday, July 5, the festival opens at 2 p.m. and features afternoon tractor pulls.

Saturday festivities start at noon and feature a softball tournament, tractor pull, kiddie parade, local musicians Mostly Water and fan-favorite the Toys. At 10 p.m. the celebration will feature a fireworks display.

On Sunday the parade kicks things off at 1 p.m., and the festival is expected to wrap up by 6 p.m. Wristbands for rides are available.

For more information, visit the East Troy Lions facebook page:


City of Delafield

Fireworks are set for Saturday, July 6, with a July 7 raindate. The fireworks will display at dusk over St. John's Island on Lake Nagawicka. For more information, contact fireworks chairman Fred Weigel, (262) 303-4942.

City of Oconomowoc

The Independence Day parade will step off at 4 p.m. July 6 from Roosevelt Field, traveling to Fowler Park, where there will be activities and concessions until the fireworks begin at dusk.


The Okauchee Lake fireworks will follow a lighted boat parade at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4. Fireworks will be lit from the island between the Hideaway Bar & Grill and the Golden Mast Restaurant. For more information, call Carol Euringer, (262) 567-3495, or Linda Johnson, (262) 569-2914.


The City of Waukesha Parks and Recreation Department will conduct an Independence Day parade at 11 a.m. July 4 beginning at Maple and Wisconsin and proceeding west on Wisconsin Avenue, north on West Avenue, east on Main Street, north on Buckley Street and northeast on Baxter Street, ending at the Schuetze Building around 12:30 p.m. Ice cream will be given out afterward.

Fireworks at Waukesha County Expo Center will take place at 9:30 p.m. July 4. Grounds open at 7 p.m. The rain date is July 5. Pets, alcohol and carry-in fireworks or sparklers of any kind are not allowed.

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