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Communities all  over the state are gearing up to celebrate July 4th this weekend! Below are just a few options for weekend activities -

Summerfest, Milwaukee 

June 28-July 2, CLOSED JULY 3, then keep rocking July 4-9.

For 11 days every summer, the Worlds Largest Music Festival takes place at Henry Maier Festival park! This year marks the 50th year of Summerfest on the lakefront with 800 acts playing on 11 stages. Over 45  local vendors will be supplying food and beverages through out the festival. The Northwestern Mutual Children’s Theater & PlayZone features activities, dance groups, magicians and more to keep  kids all day. Shop at the unique vendors, ride on the Sky Glide or listen to local and emerging artist before the headlines start at 8 and 10PM.

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Riverfront Rendezvous, Stevens Point

June 30-July 2

Check out this  is an annual festival at Pioneer Park in Stevens Point. Enjoy music at one of the multiple stages starting Friday night at 7:15. Activities include the Carp Classic Fishing Contest, Horseshoe Tournaments, BINGO and more. Kids will enjoy a variety of shows and activities too. The festival wraps up with the Lighted Boat Parade and fireworks on Sunday.

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Northwoods Blues Festival, Chippewa Falls

June 30-July 1

Kick off your summer with the annual Northwoods Blues Festival  at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls. National and regional bands will perform during the 2 day festival. Check out the website for the complete lineup. The best party in the Great North Woods.

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Booster Days, Hudson

June 29-July 2

Booster Days is the annual 4th of July Celebration held in Lakefront Park, near historic downtown Hudson, along the scenic St Croix River.  This event draws crowds from Hudson and surrounding counties, with activities for all ages such as a fishing contest, carnival rides, and multiple bands in the Hudson band shell each night.

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Fly-in & Float-in Lake Rattle & Roll, Phillips

June 30-July 1

Come by car, boat or plane and watch planes fly in and the Aerobatic show at the Price County Airport, plus view planes on display. Located on Long Lake, Harbor View Pub & Eatery is offering a breakfast buffet Saturday morning – dining with a view, either inside or outside on the deck and watch the planes fly in. Stop back at Harbor View in the evening and watch the live band perform outside on the deck under the stars.

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Free is my favorite price & this weekend, you can get out for some outdoor fun for FREE with Free Fishing Weekend (Saturday & Sunday, June 6-7) AND State Park Open House Day on June 7th.

Wisconsin Free Fishing Weekend, June 6-7
No fishing license (or trout/ salmon stamps) will be required to fish in state waters over this free weekend, June 6-7.  In addition, take advantage of the many free clinics & special activities planned as well.

NorthernGreatLakesCenterAnnual Kids Fishing Day, Ashland
The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center is offering fishing clinics, plus fishing gear is provided.  Hear from “biologists, ecologists, fishing enthusiasts and dedicated sportsmen” on techniques to attract and & catch fish.  Fun for kids & adults alike!

TomSawyerDayTom Sawyer Day, Verona
Or, spend some time helping maintain the Sugar River with the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association and enjoy food, prizes, and fishing at Tom Sawyer Day.

Check out this DNR web site for the full line up here.

State Parks “Open House” Day, June 7
Enjoy free admission to “all Wisconsin State Parks, Forests and Trails” on Sunday June 7th.  Many parks will also offer special events including:

pointbeachkidsBreakfast in the Forest
Head to Point Beach State Forest in Two Rivers for their “Breakfast in the Forest”.  Find directions and contact information here.

blazingstarPrairie Walks
Accompany naturalist Bob Lee for an informational stroll through the La Crosse River State Trail in Rockland.  Contact information & directions here.

fallsssummerArt Along the Willow
Check out this Art Fair on the beach at Willow River State Park in Hudson. Get directions and contact information here.

See the full line up of State Park events at this DNR site.

As always, start your trip planning at, then get out & hit the road for some free fun this weekend!


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