Area communities plan to celebrate Independence Day

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Angel Idowu
Monday, June 30, 2014

Area communities plan to celebrate this year's Independence Day with more than just an evening of fireworks.

Check out the events below:

Beloit: The annual Pops on the Rocks concert is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 4,  at Riverside Park. People are invited to take lawn chairs and picnic while listening to the Rock River Philharmonic. The night will end will fireworks at dusk.

Town of Bloomfield: The celebration starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 4, at Foley Field. General admission is $2. Offerings include free blow-up rides, face painting, games, prizes, food vendors, and music provided by the Powerhouse Disc Jockeys. The fireworks begin at 9:20 p.m. at Memorial Park.

For details, visit gazettextra.com/july4/bloomfield.

Brodhead: The parade begins noon Friday, July 4, at the south end of Center Avenue. Fireworks are at dusk.

Clinton: Family activities on Friday, July 4, include a youth baseball game, music, a raffle, and refreshments. Fireworks will begin at dusk at W.A. Olen Park.

City of Delavan: Activities begin 7 a.m. Friday, July 4, with a pancake breakfast at the Delavan Fire Station at 811 Ann St. Carp-O-Rama is 8 to 10:30 a.m., the canoe and kayaking regatta is 10 a.m., the parade begins at 3 p.m., and a marching band plays at 4 p.m.

Veteran's Park events include a carnival and activities from 4 to 7 p.m., live music from 5 to 9 p.m., food, Flag and Bell ceremony at 9 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

For more details, visit gazettextra.com/july4/delavan.

Town of Delavan: The celebration begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at Community Park and includes music, crafts, bingo, children's games, volleyball, food, and end with fireworks at dusk on Delavan Lake.

Edgerton: The Edgerton Lions Club will be having their Fourth of July Celebration begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at Racetrack Park at Iki Drive and Stoughton Road. The celebration will include music from local bands, ball tournaments, a bounce house, climbing wall, food, and fireworks at dusk. Call Marcia Reilly at 608-884-8504 for more information.

Elkhorn: Elkhorn will host its Star Spangled Celebration at Sunset Park, 200 Devendorf St., starting at 5 p.m. Friday, July 4. The day's events include live music from the Holton Band; kids activities; and food and snacks provided by the Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce, Elkhorn 4-H and Elkhorn FFA. Fireworks start at dusk.

Evansville: Events at Lake Leota Park are Thursday, July 3, through Sunday, July 6.

-- Thursday, July 3: Festival tent from 5 p.m. to midnight, food vendors from 6 to 9 p.m., pool party from 7 to 10 p.m., a co-ed softball tournament 6 p.m., and live music by Lube from 8 p.m. to midnight.

-- Friday, July 4: Kiddie parade beginning at 9:45 a.m., followed by the parade at 10 a.m., barbeque beginning at 11:30 a.m., festival tent from noon to midnight, food vendors 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Little League baseball 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Jamie Campbell and the Redneck Romeos from 8 p.m. to midnight, fireworks at dusk.

-- Saturday, July 5: Farmers market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lake Leota junior fishing derby from 8 a.m., food vendors 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., adult kickball tournament from noon to 11 p.m., festival tent noon to midnight, Bad Medicine from 8 p.m. to midnight, fireworks at dusk.

-- Sunday, July 6: Pancake breakfast 7 to 10:30 a.m., festival tent noon to 7 p.m., food vendors from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and live band karaoke with the Gomers from 1 to 4 p.m.

For full details, visit gazettextra.com/july4/evansville.

Fontana: The celebration at the Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd. is noon to 8 p.m. Friday, July 4. Family activities include temp tats, lawn games, face painting, obstacle courses and more. The day will end with fireworks at dusk on the beach on the lakefront at Lake Street.

For more details, visit gazettextra.com/july4/fontana.

Janesville: Independence Day on the Rock begins at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 4, at Traxler Park, 600 N. Main St.

The free event includes concessions, Anything that Floats competition, food, a beer tent, inflatable houses, a Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show and fireworks at dusk.

Lake Geneva: Grand Geneva, 7036 Grand Geneva Way, is hosting a two-day celebration Friday, July 4, and Saturday, July 5. Admission is fee. Activities including family lawn games, inflatable obstacle courses, face painters and magicians.

Other weekend activities include the annual Firecracker 5K Fun Run/Walk, a magic show, a marching band and live music by The Flamingos. Fireworks will be at dusk July 4.

For details, visit gazettextra.com/july4/lakegeneva.

Milton: Activities at Schilberg Park will include:

-- Thursday, July 3: Lil' Tykes Bike Ride at 6 p.m., a beer tent from 6 to 11:30 p.m., Taste of Milton, a carnival, softball 6 to 10 p.m. and live music starting at 7 p.m.

-- Friday, July 4: Parade downtown at 1 p.m., Optimists 23rd annual run/walk at Milton High School, Taste of Milton from 3 to 10 p.m., beer tent, softball, carnival, live music all day, UW Marching Band at 7 p.m., fireworks at 8:30 p.m.

-- Saturday, July 5: Softball, vendor fair, Taste of Milton, carnival, beer tent all day, free kids activities tent 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., live music 3 to 11 p.m. and basketball and kickball games.

For details, visit gazettextra.com/july4/milton.

Whitewater: The Free Family Festival is Thursday, July 3, through Saturday, July 5, opening each day at 10 a.m. at 312 Whitewater St.

-- Thursday July 3: Carnival from noon to 4 p.m., Miss Whitewater Pageant at 5 p.m., festival at 5 p.m., live music 8 p.m. to midnight.

-- Friday, July 4: Festival and parade at 10 a.m., car show 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Minneiska Ski Show at noon, live music from 2 p.m. to midnight, and fireworks at 10 p.m.

-- Saturday, July 5 (Military Family Day): Festival opens at noon with a beer tent and food vendors, carnival noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m., motorcycle show at noon, a petting zoo for children noon to 4 p.m., live music 4 to 11 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m.

For details, visit gazettextra.com/july4/whitewater.

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