Celebrations set in the area for July Fourth, parades, music and more|
|It promises to be a blast—of fireworks, music, food and fun—across the northwoods this weekend.|
The long Independence Day weekend will stretch holiday celebrations from Thursday night’s community picnic at the bandstand right through the final pitch Sunday at the Phlox softball tournament.
In between there will be fireworks, music, the Possum Chase and much more.
A look ahead follows.
Antigo’s celebration kicks off Thursday, with the community picnic and music in the park featuring Hip Pocket.
The picnic will begin at 5 p.m. and feature sausages donated by Salm Partners, along with all the fixings, available for a free-will offering. There will also be pie, frozen custard and Optimist cheese curds.
Music with a special veterans’ tribute will be provided by the show band Hip Pocket with patriotic songs by Of Chorus!, presentation of the colors by Boy Scouts, the national anthem sung by Daniel Bradley and a short veteran tribute by Mike Thompson. Ray Szmanda will do the color commentary.
The forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s. On the slight chance of rain, the multi-purpose building at the fairgrounds has been reserved as a backup location.
Antigo’s celebration continues on Friday, with the Independence Day parade at 7 p.m.
The route will start on Edison Street at the Middle School, travel south to 10th Avenue and west to the high school.
Fireworks, hosted by the city of Antigo, will follow at dusk. Parking will be available along Western Avenue, Sunset Drive and 10th Avenue and in the high school lots. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the show.
The parade and fireworks will be broadcast over WACD-FM Country 106. There will be uninterrupted patriotic music in sync with the fireworks.
The biggest celebration in the area will take place Saturday at White Lake, with activities stretching from 7:30 a.m. until well after dark.
The day will open with the one mile Possum Run at 7:30 a.m. followed by the 10 kilometer Possum Chase at 8:15 a.m.
Activities will continue with a noon parade through downtown. Grand marshal is Earl Clay with Poppy Princess Charlese Thompson and attendant Rebecca Christ. Marching units will include the Veterans of Foreign Wars color guard, White Lake and Wabeno American Legions, Legion Riders, and the White Lake High School band. Traditionally, the parade also offers the opportunities for pioneer families to march with their banners created under the direction of the White Lake Area Historical Society.
Music begins at 1:30 p.m. with Gary’s Basement Band followed by No Schtick from 5 to 9 p.m.
Fireworks will begin at dusk.
Just about everyone in the White Lake area contributes to the party. This year the list include beverages by the American Legion and White Lake Fire Department; corn roast and raffle, Wolf River Fire Department; hamburgers, brats, hot dogs and nachos, White Lake Booster Club; soda, Ladies Auxiliary and St. Matthew Lutheran Church; bakery and pizza, Four Corners Assembly of God; watermelon and popcorn, White Lake Area Historical Society; slushies, corn dogs, fries and pretzels, Hope Presbyterian Church; T-shirts, glow sticks, popcorn, SOS, an outreach of Don Shires Ministries; ice cream and dunk tank, Crocker Kids 4-H; fish tank, the Lake Association; and sawdust pile, American Legion and Auxiliary and village of White Lake.
The 41st annual Phlox men’s semi-fast softball tournament opens Friday and continues through Sunday at the Norwood Ball Park.
Games begin Friday at 6:30 p.m., ending with the championship game Sunday at 2 p.m. There will be fireworks Saturday night at dusk.
Food and refreshments will be available on the grounds.
The Aniwa community traditionally has a lively Independence Day celebration, and this year the tradition will continue with activities beginning at 4 p.m. at the community park on Summer Street.
There will be fireworks at dusk.
The village of Elcho will host a fireworks display on Friday at 9:30 p.m. over Otter Lake.
On Saturday, the Elcho United Church of Christ Men’s Club will host their 16th annual chicken barbecue starting at 11 a.m. at the Jack LaMar pavilion. Enjoy barbecued chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, salad bar, dessert and coffee.
Residents of the Summit Lake area will gather Friday along the lake for a boat parade beginning at 4 p.m. Participants should meet at the landing.
Fireworks will follow at dusk.
Post Lake will stretch its Independence Day celebration over two days.
On Friday, there will be fireworks over Upper Post at dusk.
Saturday will open with a boat parade from the Lower Post Lake campground across from the dam at 1 p.m.
The Post Lake Improvement Association’s annual family festival will begin at 4 p.m. at the clubhouse on Highway K. Music will be provided by Lovin’ Country from 7 to 11 p.m.
The Schoepke town hall on highway 45 in the village of Pelican Lake will be the center of activities in that community on Friday.
There will be brats, pies, hot dogs, pop and beer available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The celebration in Birnamwood is usually huge and a little early.
The party is Thursday evening at the baseball diamond with food, refreshments and karoake offered to the guests.
A military color guard led an earlier July Fourth parade on 10th Avenue in Antigo.
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