Fourth festivities abound
It’s time to celebrate the nation’s independence, and communities in Douglas County are coming together to recognize the declaration that led to the development of these United States.
Parades, games and fireworks are all in the works to mark the 238th year since colonists declared their independence from England.
Festivities in Superior kick off a little early with a concert Thursday night on Barker’s Island.
The Air National Guard Band of the Midwest is coming from Peoria, Ill., to perform at 7 p.m.
Then Friday, the tradition started 17 years ago by a group of citizens kicks off with a parade at 11 a.m. The lineup is between North 21st and 28th streets, and the parade runs west on North 28th street to Hammond Avenue and turns south to Superior Middle School.
This year, the F-16 Fighters that usually kick off the parade will be nowhere in sight, but organizers have arranged a flyover of another kind with Skydive Superior.
Skydivers will rain down to kick off the parade.
At 1 p.m., the Superior Singers take the stage at Heritage Park to perform their version of this year’s parade theme “America’s Music.”
Brian MacDonnell leads the group as singers perform “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If you ain’t got that Swing).”
The games — a baseball games that is — also begins at 1 p.m. at the Superior Youth Organization ball fields near the Belknap Plaza, a newly added tradition that started last year.
“It went very, very well,” said Dave Stannard, a longtime organizer of the Fourth of July events. “They had a good turnout so we asked the leader if they would do another ball game. They might even do two, but we’re not sure.”
At 2 p.m., the newly renovated Tower Avenue becomes an automobile showcase. Motor vehicles of all sorts line up along the avenue with the band “Bugs” setting up to perform near National Bank of Commerce.
Children have a chance to add their artistic touches to Tower Avenue 1-4 p.m. at North 13th Street on the east side of Tower Avenue.
A local artist guides the youthful creativity, said Mary Morgan, director of Superior’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry.
And it just wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without fireworks. The sky show begins at dusk at the Bong Airport.
Lake Nebagamon hosts a weekend of family fun to celebrate.
The festivities kick off with old-fashioned kids’ games 1-3 p.m. Friday at Lake Nebagamon Auditorium and the beachfront. The Nebagamon Community Association sponsors the games for all ages and prizes for everyone.
At 4 p.m. Friday, a parade winds through downtown Nebagamon. Lineup starts at 3 p.m. at the Lake Nebagamon Laundromat parking area. Individuals and organizations are welcome to join the fun. Get information or register by calling the Lake Nebagamon Fire Department at 715-374-2559 or 715-374-2317. Forms are available at http://lakenebagamon.org/forms.
A boat parade sponsored by the Nebagamon Lake Association begins at 7 p.m. on Lake Nebagamon. The lineup begins at Honeymoon Point and ends at the public beach. No registration is required.
The Lake Nebagamon Lions Club sponsors a fireworks display at the auditorium and beachfront at dusk to cap off the day’s events.
Fourth fun continues on Saturday with a Kids Dragin’ Tail Run at 7:45 a.m. followed by the Dragin’ Tail Run, a 5-mile walk/run, at 9 a.m. The cost to participate is $25. Race day registration runs 7:30-8:45 a.m. in the auditorium. Get information or register by emailing Swan Dawson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or get the form online. Proceeds support the Lake Nebagamon Volunteer Fire Department.
A street dance in downtown Lake Nebagamon runs 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, sponsored by the Nebagamon Community Association, Lindsay’s Waterfront Bar and Bridges Indianhead Tavern.
Festivities in Solon Springs start with a parade at noon with a lineup on County Road A and Evergreen behind Dahlberg. The route runs from Main Street and ends at Fourth Avenue, one block from the St. Croix Inn. Anyone interested in participating can call 715-378-4429.
This year’s theme is “An Old Fashioned Summer.”
A fireworks display takes place at dusk over Lake St. Croix. The best viewing site is the Lucius Woods Beach area.