Festive summer parades
Grab your blankets and chairs—it’s parade season in Wisconsin, and the floats are on the move! Many of these classic summer parades have existed for decades, for good reason—these events never grow old. They are spectacles that have it all: lively bands, festive floats and endless handfuls of candy flying through the air! These parades are fun for all ages and a perfect place to take the kids. Here are a few of our favorites.
Good Neighbor Festival, Middleton
This annual three-day event has been a summer celebration in Middleton since 1964. The festival features a 5k run/walk, live bands and a craft fair, but two parades steal the show. At 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 25, children will take to the streets for a special Kiddie Parade. Two days later, people will line the streets for a full-sized parade at noon on Aug. 27.
4th of July Parade, West Bend
West Bend celebrates Independence Day with a bang on July 4 with a family parade at 9:30 a.m. A patriotic float contest ensures there will be plenty of red, white and blue. Head to Regner Park after the parade for root beer floats and fun events like the duck derby. A fireworks show that night caps off the celebration. See more West Bend summer events.
Three Lakes July 4th Parade, Oneida County
“On Wisconsin” is the theme of the July 4th Parade in Three Lakes. This 9 a.m. parade in the heart of beautiful Three Lakes is hosted by the American Legion. Food and beverages will be available at the event. Oneida County visitors can find other patriotic parades in Rhinelander and St. Germain. See more Oneida County events.
Boulder Junction Star Spangled Jubilee, Boulder Junction
On July 4, a parade down Boulder Junction’s charming Main Street kicks of Independence Day in this Northwoods community. That night, catch the fireworks display at the Boulder Junction Airport. It’s one of many festive events in town. Check out what else Boulder Junction is celebrating.