LIST: Fireworks and festivals to celebrate the Fourth of July

MADISON, Wis. — Communities throughout southern Wisconsin are planning festivals and fireworks displays to celebrate the Fourth of July. News 3 Now has compiled a list of events happening across the area this weekend to celebrate Independence Day.


  • Barabooms: Held at the Sauk County Fairgrounds, this event features live music, food trucks, bounce houses, and fireworks. Parking is $5 and kids can get a wristband to play on the bounce houses for $5. Gates open at 5 p.m.


  • Fourth of July Spectacular: The Beloit Sky Carp will host this event at ABC Supply Stadium on the Fourth, with a performance from the Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra. Fireworks will begin immediately following the performances. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. The event is free to the public.


  • Columbus July 4th Celebration: Events begin June 30 and run through July 4. The city’s Fourth of July parade starts at noon on July 4, due to inclement weather the fireworks show is canceled. Admission is free. Click here for more information.


  • DeForest Fourth of July: This event takes place from July 2 to July 4 in Fireman’s Park. Every day there will be a food court and beer garden as well as live music, a parade, and fireworks at dusk to close out the day on the Fourth. 


  • Edgerton Fireworks: Events will be held at Race Track Park, 900 Stoughton Road, on July 3, including a petting zoo, local musicians and fireworks at dusk. Click here for more information.


  • Lake Leota Fest: Enjoy a long weekend from July 1 through July 4 at Lake Leota Park in Evansville. Each day holds different events including live music, a car show, a euchre tournament and more. A fireworks display is scheduled for dusk on the Fourth.


  • Independence Day on the Rock: The Rock Aqua Jays will show off their water-ski skills on the Rock River at Traxler Park. There will also be live music, food and a beer tent. The festival will be capped off with a fireworks show. The festival runs from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m on the Fourth.


  • Festival Foods Fireworks: This event will be hosted by the Madison Mallards at Warner Park after their game which will take place at 5:05 p.m. on July 3. This show is planned to be the largest Independence Day fireworks display in the Madison area. Live local music will take place prior to and during the fireworks show which will take place inside the Duck Pond.
  • Lights the Isthmus: This event held by Festival Foods at Breese Stevens Field takes place July 2 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets to the event cost $10, but children under 12 are free with a paying adult. An all-inclusive rooftop ticket is also available for $50 which includes three beers per person, unlimited Pepsi products, and all-you-can-eat tailgate fare starring Oktoberfest brats. The event will feature four local bands, food and beverages, and fireworks. Click here for more.
  • Fourth Fest: This event, hosted by the Edgewater Hotel, will feature live music and a Kids Zone with face painting, balloon art, games and crafts. The event is free to the public and runs from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Patriotic Concert: A free patriotic concert from the Capitol City Band will be held at Rennebohm Park, 115 North Eau Claire Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. on July 4. Click here to learn more.


  • July 4th Celebration: The town of Marquette’s Independence Day celebration is scheduled for July 2. The parade begins at 11, horse pulls start at 12:30 and fireworks are set for dusk. Click here for more information.




  • Merrimac Fire and Rescue Fireworks: Gates for the annual display at S7116 Bluff Road open at 5 p.m. July 3. Fireworks start at dusk. Admission is $5 per carload. Click here for more information.
  • Red, White and Boom!: Merry Mac’s Campground, E12995 Halweg Road, is hosting fireworks on Saturday, July 2. More events are planned throughout the weekend. Click here to learn more.


  • Monona Community Festival: The all-weekend festival, which runs July 2 through the Fourth, will take place in Winnequah Park. The festival includes events such as a Strongman competition, a wife-carrying competition, a hole-in-one contest where you can win $5,000, a carnival that includes all rides for $25, and live Wisconsin-based bands. Beer and wine tents along with food tents will run all weekend as well. There are fun activities for kids besides the carnival including rock climbing and balloon animals. A fireworks show will round out the weekend starting at 9:20 p.m. on the Fourth. Click here for more information.

Mineral Point

  • Mineral Point Fireworks: Mineral Point’s fireworks show has been moved to July 3 due to expected inclement weather. The show starts at dark, and the 200 block of High Street will be closed starting in the mid-afternoon for the event.


  • Oxford’s July 4th Celebration Weekend: Events begin June 30 and run through July 2. Fireworks are set for 10 p.m. July 2 at Oxford Park. Click here for more information.


  • Pardeeville Hometown HeroesEvents are scheduled at Chandler Park and Park Lake on July 3 and 4. The fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Sunday and the parade is set for 11 a.m. Monday. For more information, click here.


  • Festival Fireworks Celebration: Portage’s firework display will happen on the city’s northside off of Gunderson Drive starting at 9:30 p.m. on July 2. Attendees are encouraged to set up their chairs in the Festival Foods parking lot and on surrounding side streets.


  • Fireworks at Hooker’s Restaurant: A fireworks display is set for 9 p.m. on July 2 at Hooker’s Restaurant, W9370 County Highway V in Poynette. Click here for more information.


  • Reedsburg Freedom Fest: Freedom Fest begins at 3 p.m. at Nishan Park with music, a craft/vendor fair and music. Fireworks will be held at dusk. Click here for more information.

Sauk City/Prairie du Sac

  • Fire on the River: Events kick off at 5 p.m. on July 1 and continue all day July 2. Events on July 2 include a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., a family fun and games area from noon to 7 p.m., multiple bands and fireworks at roughly 9:40 p.m. For full details, click here.

Shorewood Hills

  • Shorewood Hills Celebration: This celebration has a plethora of events all day for everyone to enjoy including a triathlon, softball game, art fair, parade and fireworks at dusk. A full schedule of events is available online.


  • Spazmatics – Shullsburg 4th of July Festival: Events are scheduled throughout the weekend, with the parade down Water Street set to begin at 10:30 a.m. July 4 and fireworks that night in Badger Park. For a full event schedule, click here.


  • The Stoughton Fair: This fair, which runs from June 29 through July 4 at the Stoughton Fairgrounds in Mandt Park, will feature live music, a junior dairy show, food eating contests, and more. More information and a full schedule are available online.

Sun Prairie

  • Sun Prairie Fireworks Celebration: The Sun Prairie Fireworks Celebration will include not only fireworks but Badger Midgets and Wisconsin wingLESS Sprints at Angell Park. Fan gates open at 4 p.m. Sunday, with opening ceremonies starting at 6 p.m.  Click here for more information.
  • Token Creek July 4th Celebration: Events begin at 11 a.m. on July 4, with the parade kicking off at 1 p.m. For more information, click here.



  • Parade at Willows Tavern: The tavern is hosting a parade from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate the Fourth of July. This is a great event to attend with children. End the day with drinks and food at Willows in Waunakee.

Wisconsin Dells

  • Downtown Wisconsin Dells Fireworks: Originally scheduled for Monday, the fireworks and celebration are postponed to Tuesday due to inclement weather. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. behind the City Municipal Building.

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To see a list of events happening in your area or to submit an event, visit the Channel 3000/Madison Magazine Community Calendar here.