Observe a special addition to our 4th of July celebration Wednesday
On Wednesday, July 4, families are invited to the shores of the beautiful Wisconsin River in downtown Wisconsin Rapids, for a triple-dose of patriotic pageantry and tribute.
First, the Wisconsin Rapids City Band performs it’s annual Fourth of July Show at 7 p.m. outside the Centralia Center.
Prior to our annual 4th of July Fireworks Show, Wisconsin Rapids invites residents and visitors to gather at 8 p.m. near the light pole in the center of Veterans Memorial Park, 112 2nd Avenue South, for our inaugural “Salute to our Heroes.”
This red-white-and-blue event honors the men and women who serve or have served in our nation’s defense. With gratitude, I personally invite all active duty, Guard, Reserve and retired military personnel, and their families, to participate. We encourage past and present military members to come decked out in their uniforms. Attendees to this event will receive a small American Flag while quantities last. The brief program will conclude with the singing of our National Anthem … and a special surprise you won’t want to miss- so keep your eyes to the sky!
Then, after 9:30 p.m., witness the annual Wisconsin Rapids Fireworks Display, one of central Wisconsin’s most dazzling fireworks displays, choreographed to lively music. Members of the Teen Fireworks Committee, who fundraised all of the money to put on this great event, will kick off the show with the ceremonial lighting of the first shot. Donations are still being accepted here.
The fireworks show may be viewed along most of the riverbank, except for the launch zone on the western bank of the river, from the foot of the Grand Avenue Bridge to south of the Moravian Church. Food and refreshment vendors will be located during the day on West Grand Avenue on the west side of the river, and south of East Grand Avenue on 2nd Street on the east side of the river. In the event of inclement weather, announcements will be made on WFHR AM 1320.
Please join us in Downtown Wisconsin Rapids for a combined commemoration of local heroes, and of our nation’s independence!
Thank you for reading and have a great and safe 4th of July.
Mayor Zach Vruwink