Posted: Monday, July 1, 2013 ---10:45pm
It's that time of the year again:fireworks season. And with the Fourth of July just days away, local residents are eagerly await the festivities.
From fireworks to food and parades to picnics, there's a little something for everyone.
Today, dozens of volunteers were setting up for the annual Monona Community Festival, held at Winnequah Park. The event runs from Tuesday, July 2 through Thursday July 4. It features carnival rides, live music, and of course fireworks on the 4th.
"In the Madison, area, this is one of the finest fireworks displays you're gonna see" says Steve Tortorici, one of the festival's organizers.
But, it isn't just the fireworks that brings folks out by the dozens. One of the festival's top attraction is the Wisconsin Wife Carry Championship Race.
A man can carry a wife or girlfriend. A guy can carry a guy. A girl can carry a girl...you get the point. The couples weave their way through an obstacle course.
"They have to weigh 105 pounds. If they are under that we add beer to a backpack until they reach 105 pounds” says Tortorici. “The winner gets the weight in beer of the woman and $5 for every pound she weighs.” he says.
From Monona now to Elver park for the Elver Park Fireworks Celebration.
"It's a wonderful show. It's a great way to showcase the park and to celebrate Independence Day” says Laura Whitmore with Madison Parks.
Fireworks start at 9:30pm on Tuesday, July 2. The event is free and for the whole family. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic, but no alcohol is allowed.
"It is important to have good community events, free events that people can bring their family to. They know they're going to enjoy them and it's a great way to showcase our community” says Whitmore.
There's of course many other big name events like Madison’s famous Rhythm & Booms.
Below, you can find a list of dozens of local fireworks shows this week.
Rhythm & Booms-July 3rd at 9:30 p.m.
Blanket placement will begin at noon.
Shuttle buses from the Madison Airport start running at 5:30 p.m.
The event officially gets underway at 6 p.m. and the fireworks are scheduled from 9:30-10 p.m.
Elver Park fireworks-July 2nd at 9:30 p.m.
Arena-July 6th at dusk
Arena Community Park
Baraboo-July 4th 9-10:30 PM
Baraboo High School Athletic Field
Beaver Dam-July 13th at 10:10 p.m.
At Tahoe Park during the Lake Days celebration
Beloit-July 4th at dusk
Boscobel-July 4th at dusk
Brodhead-July 4th at dusk
South end of Brodhead
Brooklyn-July 4th at dusk
Columbus-July 4th at dusk
Deforest-July 4th at dusk
Dodgeville-Friday, July 19
Edgerton-Wednesday July 3rd at dusk
Race Track Park
Evansville-July 4th and July 6th at dusk
Fort Atkinson-July 13th at dusk
Friesland-July 4th at dusk
Green Lake-July 4th at dusk
Janesville-June 29th at 9:30 a.m.
Freedom Fest-New Life Assembly of God
Note: The The Independence Day on the Rock event in Janesville has been postponed to September 1st.
Jefferson-July 6th at dusk
Jefferson Golf Club
Lake Mills-July 4th at dusk
Lake Mills Industrial Park
Lone Rock-July 4th at dusk
Milton-July 4th at dusk
Mineral Point-July 4th at dusk
Soldiers Memorial Park
Monona-July 4th at 9:20 p.m.
Monroe-July 4th at 9:30 p.m.
Monticello-July 13th at 9:45 p.m.
Mount Horeb –July 26th at 9:45 p.m.
Grundahl Park – Relay for Life of Mt Horeb
New Lisbon-July 13th at dusk
Oxford-July 6th at 10:00 p.m.
Oxford Village Park
Platteville-July 4th at dusk
Portage-June 29th at 9:30 p.m.
Prairie du Chien-July 13th at dusk
St. Feriole Island
Prairie du Sac/Sauk City-July 6th at dusk
Reedsburg-July 4th at dusk
Ball field in Rewey
Richland Center-July 6th at dusk
Ridgeway Ball Park
Shorewood Hills-July 4th at dusk
Blackhawk Country Club
Shullsburg-July 4th at 9:45 p.m.
Shullsburg Badger Park
Stoughton-July 4th-9:30 p.m.
Sun Prairie-June 30th
Angell Park Speedway (Front gates open at 4:30 p.m.)
Waterloo-July 6th at dusk
Watertown-July 4th at 9:45 p.m.
Downtown Watertown/Riverside Park
Whitewater-July 4th, 5th and 6th at 10 p.m.
Wisconsin Dells-July 4th at dusk
Wisconsin Dells Municipal Pool
If you are a city/village official with information on a local fireworks display that you do not see listed here, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.