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Northwoods 4th of July EventsSubmitted: 06/29/2020
Northwoods 4th of July Events
Story By Newswatch 12 Team

- TOMAHAWK SPEEDWAY-
Enjoy a night of racing and fireworks at Tomahawk Speedway. There will be 8 classes of racing, the best track food in the land and the biggest fireworks show ever held at the track! Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for Sr, Vet, Students, $30 family pack and under 12 free. Family pack $20. Free rough camping. Racing starts at 7pm with the fireworks following! Tomahawk Speedway is located at N11046 County Road A, Tomahawk, WI.

RHINELANDER FIREWORKS-
The city of Rhinelander will host its annual fireworks show at Hodag Park on the night of July 4th. The show will start at dusk, approximately 9:30pm. Physical distancing of 6 feet or more between individuals who belong to different households, continuing to practice frequent handwashing, and using face coverings is highly encouraged at the park.

CASSIAN CAR CRUISE-
The Cassian Volunteer Fire Department is holding a car cruise on Saturday, July 4th. The cruise will begin and end at the Cassian Fire Department. Cars will travel 22 miles throughout the Harshaw/Goodnow area. Participants should meet at the fire department at 10am. Following the cruise will be an open house. Refreshments will be available for purchase. People are encouraged to bring their own picnic basket, cooler, chairs, and outdoor games. The Big Money Raffle drawing will take place at 4:30pm and can be seen on Facebook Live. For the route map and registration info visit: http://www.townofcassian.org/index.php/fire-dept . The Cassian Volunteer Fire Department is located at 9110 Church Rd Harshaw, Wisconsin 54529.

EAGLE RIVER CHAIN BOAT PARADE-
Decorate your boat and participate in the Eagle River Chain Boat Parade this Independence Day! Meet on Catfish Lake at 10am and parade all the way to town and turn around after the marina. The parade should be done at 12pm. An afternoon BBQ will take place following the parade. The event is free for everyone. A route map will be provided soon. It is a family friendly event and organizers encourage you to decorate your craft in Patriotic fashion!

MIN-AQUA BATS SKI SHOW-
The infamous Min-Aqua Bats water ski team will perform on Saturday, July 4th starting at 7pm. The ski show is free, located at 422 Park Avenue, Minocqua, WI. The Min-Aqua Bats continue their entertainment throughout the summer weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

MINOCQUA- 
The Vintage Military Plane Flyover to honor veterans will take place at 4pm. Later, a fireworks display will begin once the sun has set. More details can be found HERE

THREE LAKES LIONS CLUB FUNDRAISER-
The Lions Club of Three Lakes invites you to their fundraiser on Saturday, July 4th from 10am-2pm. The event will be at the Corner of the Oneida Village Parking Lot. Enjoy food and conversation. The Lions will be selling refreshments, brats & hot dogs.

TOMAHAWK FIREWORKS-
Road Lake Pub & Grill will set off a fireworks show this Independence Day starting at 9pm. No carry-ins and bring your own lawn chairs. Indoor seating is available as well. The bar kitchen is open from noon to 9pm. Donations are greatly appreciated as they were not able to do a fundraiser this year. Road Lake Pub & Grill is located at N8796 County Road S, Tomahawk, WI.

MANITOWISH MUSIC IN THE PARK-
Michael Saint Music is hosting Manitowish Music in the Park on Saturday, July 4th. The music will be from 3pm-6pm at Frank B Koller Memorial Park in Manitowish Waters. Koller park is located at 146 County Highway W, Manitowish Waters, WI.

MANITOWISH WATERS-
Greer's Pier Boat Parade at 2:00pm. Skiing Skeeters Waterski Show at 7:00pm. Fireworks at dusk.

MERCER-
Downtown Parade at 11am. Fireworks at dusk.

ST. GERMAIN-
Sunday Fun Day on July5th from 11:00am to 5:00pm at St. Germain Community Park.
Monday, July 5: St. Germain Flea Market from 8:00am to 3:00pm.

THREE LAKES FIREWORKS-
The Three Lakes Town Board/Park Commission is hosting the 4th of July Fireworks in Don Burnside Park, 6931 Stanzil Street, Three Lakes, WI. Park personnel and Fire Department volunteers will assist with parking, barriers and protection. People are invited to bring in their own food and drink. No vendors are allowed in the park. Visitors are advised to practice social distancing.

PHELPS BOAT PARADE AND FIREWORKS-
The Phelps Chamber of Commerce is planning their first annual boat parade for this 4th of July. The boat parade will begin at Millerville Lane Boat Landing (just off Hwy 17 in Phelps) at 7pm. Boats will travel along the shoreline through downtown and end at Dublin Sports Bar and Grill. Fireworks will follow at dusk where boats are encouraged to stay on the lake and enjoy the show. Spectators will be able to view the parade from multiple locations along the lake. Registration is appreciated, those looking to register their boat in the parade may call the Phelps Chamber of Commerce at 715-545-3800, visit www.phelpswi.us or email the Chamber at chamber-office@phelpswi.us.

BOULDER JUNCTION FIREWORKS-
The Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce is hosting their fireworks show on Saturday, July 4th from 10-10:30pm. The show will be at the Boulder Junction Airport. A small ceremony by the American Legion Post 451 will be held at 12pm at the Veterans memorial Triangle earlier in the day. The gates to the airport will open at 8pm and cars will be parked with generous spacing to allow social distancing. Private fireworks and grilling out is not permissible this year and restrooms will not be available. There will be no play area up front for children--families must stay by their vehicle. For more information please contact the Boulder Junction Chamber office at 715-385-2400 or visit boulderjct.org.

Sunday - Free Fishing Seminar-Round Robin Questions with area guide at 7:00 pm outside the Lions Pavilion behind the Community Center on Hwy M.

CONOVER-

Chain Skimmers water ski show on Lake Pleasant in Conover. The show starts at 7:00pm on Saturday, July 4. 5280 Highway 45 North.



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