Festivals and Fireworks leading up to July 4th

Posted by Laura Kocum on Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 8:12pm.

As the 4th of July nears, towns all around Madison are planning fireworks shows and other events. The variety of locations and activities in the area leave something for all ages to enjoy. Beginning with "Shake the Lake" on Saturday, June 27th, Dane County will host at least 8 different fireworks shows.

Shake the Lake picks up where Rhythm and Booms left off. Created by the Madison Mallards, Festival Foods and the Madison Parks Foundation, Shake the Lake will offer a fireworks display from the heart of downtown Madison. The event is located on John Nolen Drive, between Broom and Blair Streets. Live music and refreshments open at 5 p.m. with the fireworks starting at 10 p.m. Viewing is free along Lake Monona. The only exception is Monona Terrace, where rooftop party tickets can be purchased for $15.

The same weekend, Cross Plains will hold its annual World's Fair. Running June 26-28, the fair includes baseball tournaments, carnival rides and live music. On Sunday, the 28th, a fireworks display will begin at dusk.

The next opportunity is on Madison's west side, July 2, at Elver Park. Madison Parks and the City of Madison play host to this display. Picnics are welcome, and food vendors will be on site near the picnic pavilion. On the back side of Elver Park, Point of Grace Community Church is offering food, music and bounce houses beginning at 7 p.m. The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m.

Then, on Friday, July 3, Edgerton will host fireworks at Racetrack Park, sponsored by the Lions Club.

On Saturday, July 4, Deforest, Brooklyn and Monona will all provide fireworks shows. Fireworks in Wisconsin provides more information on these and other events.

The Stoughton Fair is going on throughout the week. Running July 1-5, the fair, at Mandt Park, includes carnival rides, tractor pulls, lawnmower racing and finally, fireworks on Sunday, July 5.

It doesn't matter where you live in Dane County. The variety of displays and events planned are sure to make Independence Day a memorable celebration.

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