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Northwoods Independence Day CelebrationsSubmitted: 07/03/2013
Northwoods Independence Day Celebrations
Story By WJFW Newsteam

WISCONSIN - July 3, 2013

Land O' Lakes
- Fireworks at 10:15p.m.
- Parade at noon July 4th
- Call (715) 547 3432





July 4, 2013

Manitowish Waters
- Festivities at community center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
- Call (715) 543 8488

Boulder Junction
- Parade at noon
- Fireworks at dusk
- Call (715) 385 2400

Conover
- Parade and picnic
- Call (715) 479 4928

Eagle River
- Parade at 11 a.m.
- Fireworks at dusk at Hi-Pines Campground
- Call (715) 479 6400

Lac du Flambeau
- World War II airplane flyover,
- Parade at noon
- Pow Wow at 6:30 p.m.
- Fireworks at dusk
- Call (715) 588 3346

Lake Tomahawk
- Parade at 2 p.m.
- Snowshoe baseball at 7:30 p.m.
- Fireworks
- Call (715) 277 2257

Mercer
- "Run for a Vet" fundraiser at 7 a.m.
- Parade at 11 a.m.
- Fireworks at dusk
- Call (715) 476 2389

Minocqua
- Parade, live music and fireworks
- Call (715) 356 5266

Phelps
- Parade at 3 p.m.
- Fireworks at dusk
- Call (715) 545 3800

Presque Isle
- Bike and Buggy Parade 6:30 p.m.
- Fireworks at dusk
- Call (715) 686 2910

Rhinelander
- Parade at 11 a.m.
- Fireworks at dusk
- Call (715) 365 7464

Sayner
- Parade at 3 p.m.
- Fireworks at dusk
- Call (715) 542 3789

Three Lakes
- Pancake breakfast 7-11 a.m.
- Parade at 9 am.
- Flea market
- Fireworks at dusk
- Call (715) 546 3344

Tomahawk
- Games, chicken BBQ, fire department water demonstration live entertainment, karaoke, raffles
- Ski show at 8 p.m.
- Fireworks at dusk
- Call (715) 453 7106

Wausau
- Fireworks at dusk
- Marathon Park Grandstands
- Email: chairperson@wausau4thofjuly.org


July 6, 2013

Crandon
- Parade at noon
- Fireworks at dusk
- Call (715) 478 3450


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