Having something to do for the 4th of July in Walworth County won’t be a problem. Having to decide which weekend to include as part of the holiday won’t be a problem, as both weekends have Independence Day-related things happening. Not having enough fireworks to watch won’t be a problem. All around, celebrating Independence Day in Walworth County won’t be a problem. Here’s the problem… trying to do it all ‘coz it’s all amazing!
4th of July celebrations begin the weekend before July 4, as East Troy kicks things off with the East Troy Lion’s Club 4th of July Festival, affectionately referred to as ETBT by the locals, June 28 – July 1. To put you in the know as well, ETBT stands for East Troy Beer Tent, ‘coz it’s the largest beer tent in the area. Featuring of course, beer and other Miller products, the tent also has live music daily by some well-known area bands. Outside of the tent, there is much to do as well. Enjoy the carnival, car show, truck & tractor pulls, and a slew of other activities, including a parade and fireworks on Sunday, July 1.
Twin Lakes has LibertyFest, June 29 & 30. Festivities begin Friday night with live music, a food court, Bingo, kids activities such as Euro bungee, knockerballs and sea hamster. Continue this fun on Saturday with the addition of the duck races, a water ski show and fireworks at dusk.
Not to be outdone, Whitewater has 4thFest, June 29 – July 4. There is so much to do with carnival rides, live music, a petting zoo for the kids, car & bike show, water ski shows, and fireworks both June 30 and July 4, plus a parade on July 4. Whitewater is all about celebrating our freedom and independence for families, friends and community!
Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan, celebrates the 4th with their 4th of July Getaway package, but then open to the public as well on both June 30 and July 4, is their All American Grill-out Lawn Party Buffet with live music. Dine lakeside on the lawn, choosing from the traditional summer fare of Wisconsin brats and kraut, honey BBQ grilled chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs, bi-color sweet corn, baked beans, a variety of salads, pink lemonade, and create-your-own strawberry shortcake and s’mores cupcakes to finish it off. On June 30, stick around for fireworks, which begin at dusk, by the Town of Delavan over Delavan Lake.
There’s nothing like patriotic music to make your heart sing for our nation’s birth, and so Elkhorn’s Star Spangled Celebration on June 29 is the place to be. With music performed by the Holton Band in the historic bandshell at Sunset Park, bring a blanket or a chair, family and friends, and enjoy not only the music, but activities for the kids, food and fireworks at dusk to finish off the night.
The fireworks already mentioned by the Town of Delavan over Delavan Lake on June 30 is the icing on the cake of their Independence Day Celebration. Beginning at 2 pm, Community Park will have live music, including an Echos of Camp Randall UW-Madison Marching Band performance, and concessions.
Head over to the Lazy Cloud Lodge in Fontana, June 30, to tour the lovely gardens, see the updates to the lodge and rooms, and enjoy an Independence Day BBQ with hamburgers, hot dogs and other treats!
Local resorts bring it July 3! Attend Grand Independence at the Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, with their grand picnic, plenty of kids activities, a performance by the UW-Madison Marching Band and appearance of Bucky Badger, all wrapped up with an array of pyrotechnics to wow your socks off. Geneva National, Lake Geneva, provides a spectacular Independence Day celebration with their barbecue, assorted jumbo inflatables and carnival games for the kids, and live music for everyone, followed by fireworks. Ridge-a-palooza is at The Ridge Hotel, Lake Geneva, as they fire up the grills for a festive day of music capped by a fireworks finish. The backyard Bar 55 will be hopping as brats, burgers and chicken are cooked up and music kicks off the afternoon and continues ’til the fireworks over Lake Como begin. Come save your seat, savor the music and be wowed by the light show.
Delavan shows their patriotic side with the annual ‘Let Freedom Ring’ celebration, July 4. Start the morning with the pancake breakfast at the Delavan Fire Station, keep cool at the Mill Pond, then head to Phoenix Park for the UW-Madison Marching Band performance with the Delavan Youth Cheer group, watch the parade through the downtown, then stick around for the Booze Brothers Review in the Bandshell. Finish the day at Veterans Park with the flag ceremony and fireworks.
Celebrate the spirit of Independence Day in 19th century America through a living history presentation and fun hands-on activities at Old World Wisconsin, Eagle, on July 4. Help make ice cream, participate in a pie eating contest, play games and enter the greased pole contest. All this is highlighted with an interactive parade through the village.
All-American activities highlight the day, July 4, at The Abbey Resort, Fontana. Join in for Uncle Sam’s birthday celebration on the Harbor Lawns for fun and games. Inflatable fun includes moonwalk, two-person joust, slide, obstacle course, shooting stars basketball, and soccer fever, along with face painting, temporary tattoos, glow gear, and star spangled cornhole games will keep things busy ’til fireworks at dusk.
The Village of Sharon celebrates Independence Day, July 4, with a parade, fun activities, great food, and of course, wrap it all up with spectacular fireworks, at their 4th of July Celebration held at Goodland Memorial Park.
Burlington’s annual 4th of July Celebration and Fireman’s Dance, July 4, has a Baggo tournament, live music with the Lunch Money Bullies, food, soda & beer, a cash raffle, and winds up with awesome fireworks. Not only is this an annual Independence Day event, but it’s also a fundraiser for the Fire Department, so two good reasons to go!
So I mentioned at the beginning that having to choose which weekend to include as part of the holiday wasn’t going to be a problem, and with that Venetian Fest at Browns Lake, Burlington, is July 7, in Fischer Park. With a food and beer tent, a boat parade, followed by the Aquaducks ski show, and then live music by Almighty Vinyl ’til the fireworks, this is a great way to finish off the holiday weekend!
So, like I said, having something to do for the 4th of July obviously isn’t a problem! So much to do, across all of Walworth County, from the weekend prior to the 4th to the weekend after. Happy 4th of July!