Boom! Pow! It's Independence Day and WOW!

The crowning event of the summer - Independence Day! And here in the Northland there is no better place to be to celebrate the birth of our Nation. There are parades, fests, grilling feasts, craft shows, race events, not to mention some of the most spectacular fireworks you will ever see!

Eagle River

Starting at 11:00 a.m. on July 4th, the Eagle River 4th of July parade will head down Wall St featuring more than 100 entries and 60 floats. This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Vietnam Veterans”.

As twilight approaches, head over to Hi-Pines Campground and settle in for the fireworks that will begin at dusk.

Land O’Lakes

The first day of  Lando’s “Summer Salute Fourth of July Parade and Picnic”, is Sunday, July 3, beginning at 10:15 p.m., with fireworks at the Land O’Lakes Airport. The event is sponsored by the Lando and Phelps Lions Clubs and is one of the most dazzling displays in the area.

Then on Monday, July 4, their parade will commence on the east side of downtown Lando at the Bel Aire Motel and will proceed west on Highway B to the Town Park Pavilion. There will be a picnic featuring food, beverages, games and music.

Sayner/Star Lake

It’s an old fashioned, slam-bang good time as Sayner/Star fill their 4th of July schedule with a host of thing to do! Start the day at noon by heading to the Community Park, next to the Town Hall. There, feast on succulent BBQ chicken and roasted corn.

Head downtown before 3 p.m. and settle into your chair for the delightful Grand Sayner/Star Lake Parade. For early evening entertainment, the Plum Ski-ters will have a special 4th of July show on Plum Lake.

The grand finale will begin at dusk behind the Plum Lake Library on Froelich Rd - fireworks galore!


St. G also has created a full activities calendar for their Independence Day celebration on Sunday, July 3. The day begins with the 12th Annual Freedom Day Run.

This run was established to raise funds for the St. Germain bike trails. There are runs for adults and children alike. The 5K adult run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 1K children’s run begins at 9:15 a.m.

Early registration fees are $27.50 for adults; late fee is $32.50. All early registrants will receive a souvenir T-shirt; late registrants will receive them while supply lasts.

Children’s registration is $12.50. Registration for both runs begins at 7:30 a.m. at the St. Germain Community Park.

After the race, head over to the community park for all sorts of things for children and adults to do. There will be kids rides, inflatables and entertainment, vendors and crafters, live music, food and more.

At 3 p.m. strike up the band as the 2016 parade, “It’s a Grand Old Flag,” hits downtown St. Germain. After the parade it’s back to the Community Park and the fireman’s water fights at 4:30. Also, buy your tickets for the “unique raffles”.

To close out this phenomenal day, one of the most awesome fireworks displays in the area will begin at dusk. There will be a solid 35 minutes of mind-blowing, ear popping, color explosions! Don’t miss it at the St.Germain Community Park.

If you don’t see a write up here on your favorite location, here is a list of links Chambers of Commerce for Vilas and Oneida counties to contact for more information:

Vilas County

Boulder Junction


Eagle River

Lac du Flambeau

Land O’Lakes 

Manitowish Waters

Minocqua Area  


Presque Isle

Sayner/Star Lake

St. Germain 


Oneida County

Oneida County Chamber of Commerce

Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce

Hazelhurst Information Center

Pelican Lake Chamber of Commerce

Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center, Inc.







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