Folks gear up for holiday festivities

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 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.
Warner Park
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
Riverside Park

Boscobel-July 4th at dusk
Kronshage Park

Brodhead-July 4th at dusk
South end of Brodhead

Brooklyn-July 4th at dusk
Legion Park

Columbus-July 4th at dusk
Fireman's Park

Deforest-July 4th at dusk
Fireman's Park

Dodgeville-Friday, July 19
Harris Park

Edgerton-Wednesday July 3rd at dusk
Race Track Park

Evansville-July 4th and July 6th at dusk
Lake Leota

Fort Atkinson-July 13th at dusk
Lake Koshkonong

Friesland-July 4th at dusk
Village Square

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
Fireman's Park

Milton-July 4th at dusk
Schilberg Park

Mineral Point-July 4th at dusk
Soldiers Memorial Park

Monona-July 4th at 9:20 p.m.
Winnequah Park

Monroe-July 4th at 9:30 p.m.
Twining Park

Monticello-July 13th at 9:45 p.m.
Lake Montesian

Mount Horeb –July 26th at 9:45 p.m.
Grundahl Park – Relay for Life of Mt Horeb

New Lisbon-July 13th at dusk
Riverside Park

Oxford-July 6th at 10:00 p.m.
Oxford Village Park

Platteville-July 4th at dusk
Legion Park

Portage-June 29th at 9:30 p.m.
Pauquette Park

Prairie du Chien-July 13th at dusk
St. Feriole Island

Prairie du Sac/Sauk City-July 6th at dusk
VFW Park

Reedsburg-July 4th at dusk
Nishan Park

Rewey-July 20th
Ball field in Rewey

Richland Center-July 6th at dusk
Krouskop Park
Ridgeway-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.
Mandt Park

Sun Prairie-June 30th
Angell Park Speedway (Front gates open at 4:30 p.m.)

Waterloo-July 6th at dusk
Fireman's Park

Watertown-July 4th at 9:45 p.m.
Downtown Watertown/Riverside Park

Whitewater-July 4th, 5th and 6th at 10 p.m.
Cravath Park

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

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