People who are looking to make their Fourth of July patriotic and memorable can spend it with a general and a president at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center.
Re-enactors will be on hand to portray President Theodore Roosevelt and Gen. George S. Patton.
"We are excited to welcome back Teddy this year and to have Gen. Patton joining him," said Dustin Heckman, Bong Center executive director. He said the Fourth of July events at the center have been a hit with visitors since 2018.
Patton, considered one of the most successful combat generals in U.S. history, was the first officer assigned to the Tank Corps in World War I. During World War II, he helped lead the Allies to victory in the invasion of Sicily and was instrumental to the liberation of Germany from the Nazis. Patton gives talks at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. July 4.
Roosevelt led the charge up Kettle Hill and San Juan Hill to defeat the Spanish in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. His bravery and leadership in the field led to his governorship in New York and ultimately the White House.
Roosevelt gives talks at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. July 4.
Other festivities in Douglas County include:
July 2: Kick off the weekend when the 132nd Army Band of the Wisconsin National Guard performs at 7 p.m. at the Barker's Island Festival Park.
July 4: Festivities start with the Dennis VanAlstine Memorial car cruise to Perkins in Superior starting at 9 a.m. The parade starts at 11 a.m. The line up begins on Mortorelli Drive before heading west on Belknap Street to Ogden Avenue and north to Broadway Street and includes a flyover by the Bulldogs of the 148th Fighter Wing. The Dennis VanAlstine 4th of July Memorial Car & Motorcycle Show runs 1-7 p.m. from Broadway to Belknap streets on Tower Avenue with musical performances by Born Too Late from 1-3 p.m. and The Most Wanted from 5-7 p.m. The Bordertown Betties Contest will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. Awards are given out from 4:30-5 p.m. At Barker's Island, festivities continue with musical performances by Hornucopia from 6-7:30 p.m. and PopROCKS from 8:15-11 p.m., sponsored by Cenovus Superior Refinery. The fireworks show will begin at 10 p.m. Fireworks will be launched from a barge supplied by Roen Salvage, and Kool 101.7 FM will carry the official fireworks soundtrack.
July 2: The fire department spaghetti feed fundraiser runs from 5-8 p.m. Russ Darwin will perform on the Bridge's Bar stage at 8 p.m.
July 3: The fire department Dragon Tail Race will begin at 8 a.m. downtown. A street dance with music on the Bridge's stage starts at 7:30 p.m.
July 4: Kids games start at 1 p.m. on the public beach. A downtown parade will take place at 4 p.m., and the Lake Association Boat Parade kicks off at 8 p.m. The Nebagamon Community Association-sponsored fireworks will launch at dusk.
July 3: The parade at noon will line up along Railroad Avenue; the route will begin on Main Street and proceed north along Third Street. Fireworks will begin at dusk on the lake across from the St. Croix Inn.
Gordon Good Neighbor Days
July 2: A thrift sale and flea market on Finstad Drive will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The second annual cornhole tournament kicks off at 4 p.m. next to the town hall with registration beginning at 3 p.m.
July 3: Gor-Don-A-Thon 5k Run starts at 8:05 a.m. near the entrance to the transfer station on St Croix Road, with registration from 7-8 a.m.. The historical society ice cream social runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the town hall. A car show on Finstad Drive runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.. Line up for the kiddie parade happens at 1:15 p.m. with a 1:30 p.m. start. The duck race begins at 4 p.m. from the County Road Y bridge. Kids races and games will be available at 7:30 p.m. in Warner Park Ball Field. Live music by Lake City Smokin' Section runs from 8 p.m. to midnight at the ballfield (or the town hall if weather is bad). Fireworks will be held after dark at Warner Park/Mooney Ball Field.
July 4: Gordon/Wascott Historical Society Historical Walking Tour goes from 10 a.m. to noon beginning and ending at the depot. A mud volleyball tournament starts at 11:30 a.m. with registration at 10 a.m. in Warner Park.
Tri Lakes area
July 2: The Tri Lakes Community Center hosts an all-day golf tournament at Pattison Park Golf Course.
July 3: A parade around Dowling and Amnicon lakes begins at noon. A boat parade on Amnicon Lake begins at 4 p.m. Fireworks will take place at dusk.
July 4: Canoe and kayak races take place on Amnicon Lake at 1 p.m.
This story was updated at 7 a.m. June 16 with the correct time of the spaghetti dinner in Lake Nebagamon and at 9:10 a.m. June 25 with the time of the parade in Superior. It was updated at 11:30 a.m. June 27 to correct the route of the Solon Springs parade. Information on the Tri-Lakes area events was added at 3:30 p.m. June 30. It was originally posted at 6 a.m. June 25. The Telegram regrets the errors.