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Park Falls

Festivities get underway early in Park Falls on Thursday, July 4, with traditional morning firework booms to represent the nation’s independence.

Folks can start their day off right with the VFW breakfast, held from 7-10 a.m. at the fireman’s stand across from Preisler Park on Third Avenue North. Freewill donations are accepted.

The American Legion Hall will open to the public at 11 a.m., with a selection of tasty offerings, including Jeff Holt’s famous corn roast, brats, burgers, hotdogs, pickle on a stick, water, soda, and beer. The outdoor bar, Pete’s Pub, will also open for business at the same time.

Youngsters can get their faces painted by Kayla Smart anytime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and animal lovers can visit the J-D-J Funny Farm petting zoo anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to get up close and personal with farm critters including calves, lambs, ducks, chickens, donkeys, goats, rabbits, and alpacas.

Event-goers can get their sugar fix anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. by stopping by the Flambeau 4-Leafers ice cream stand (located at the fireman’s stand), which will be fundraising for the youth group.

Spectators will line the sidewalks of Second Avenue at noon to watch as the parade goes by. Immediately after the parade, firefighters and ambulance EMTs will be available for photos and vehicle tours.

Olivia England will delight listeners with a performance of The Star Spangled Banner following the parade.

From 12:30-3 p.m., there will be a selection of free games for the kids to participate in, as well as a chalk drawing contest where contestants can win cash prizes. Coach Joel Karnick and the Chequamegon boys’ basketball team will orchestrate a bean bag tournament, and at 12:30 p.m., Northwoods Community Credit Union will be sponsoring a sawdust dig. Live music performed by Frankie Baroka and Tony Sabo will be performed until 4 p.m. at the American Legion Hall.

At 1:30 p.m., the firefighters’ water fight will also be held, followed by the kids water fight.

A horseshoe tournament will be held at 2 p.m.

The American Legion Hall will remain open until when the fireworks begin a dusk, set off over the athletic fields.

In the event of rain, all festivities will be held Friday, July 5.

Phillips

The celebration in Phillips is slated to kick off to the sound of a marching band when the annual Independance Day parade takes to Lake Avenue at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. The theme of this year’s parade is “Happy birthday USA.” Anyone interested in participating in the parade should contact the Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce by calling 715-339-4100 or emailing chamber@phillipswisconsin.net.

Following the parade, Music in the Park will host their season opener at 4 p.m. The musical event will be held at Elk Lake Park with three bands performing, starting with Papa Crowe for the kids, followed by Cherry Hill with a blend of pop, folk and Americana, and Ken Ring performing ‘50s and ‘60s rock. Food and beverage concessions will also be on hand.

The celebration continues on Friday, July 5, with Harbor View’s annual Float-In/Fly-In aerobatic shows to be held over the Price County Airport at 7 p.m. on Friday and again at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 6. In addition to the air shows, helicopter rides will be available, a special brunch will be offered, and live music will be on hand at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Spirit of American Fun 5K run/walk, sponsored by the Health Alliance of Price County, gets underway Saturday morning. On-site registration begins at 7:15 a.m. at the VFW Hall, located at 306 S. Lake Avenue. The run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Online registration or a registration form to download is available at www.tandhtiming.com or at the PACC office. In advance of Saturday’s 5K run, runners can carb up at the annual Phillips cross-country baked potato feed on Friday evening from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Phillips High School.

The grand finale of Phillips’ 4th of July celebration will be a 9 p.m. fireworks display over Duroy Lake, sponsored by the City of Phillips and the Phillips Fire Department.

Fifield

Fifield will be celebrating Independence Day on Saturday, July 6, with the annual community picnic held in Movrich Park.

The day gets started at 9 a.m. with the arts and crafts sale, which will run until 4 p.m. At 10 a.m., people can pick up a tasty treat at the St. Francis Ladies Sodality’s bake sale or satisfy their shopping bug at the fall frenzy sale.

At 11 a.m., the Fifield American Legion Auxiliary will open their food booth and the Fifield Lions Club will open their drinks stand.

People can stop by J-D-J Funny Farm’s petting zoo to see the farm animals, or participate in the sidewalk chalk contest at 11:30 a.m. outside the Kountry Kafe.

The Cub Scout Pack 551 will be sell ice cream at noon, and a kiddie parade with the theme “Stars and stripes forever” also gets underway, starting at Merri Cassidy’s Saloon.

Participants in the Turtle Trot, sponsored by Merri Cassidy’s and Martinovich Excavating, will toe the line at 12:30 p.m. at Movrich Park.

From 1-3 pm., a variety of kids games will be offered by the Fifield American Legion Auxiliary.

From 1:30-5:30 p.m., participants can get a dunking at the Lion’s Club dunk tank.

Live music will be held from 6:30-10:30 p.m. by the band Flashback, and fireworks will be set off at dusk by the Fifield Fire Department.

Raffles will run throughout the day.

On Sunday, July 7, people can return to Movrich Park for a 9 a.m. church service held by the Fifield Congregational Church. All are welcome.

Kennan

Independence Day celebrations will get underway early in Kennan, with the Kennan-Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department hosting their annual event on Saturday, June 29, at the Kennan Memorial Park.

The day will get underway with a parade at 10:15 a.m., starting on the west end of town. Happy Daze will provide grilled chicken and other foods from 11 a.m. until the food is gone, while Zion Lutheran Church will supply the pie and desserts. Fresh popcorn will also be available throughout the day.

Weigh-ins for the truck and tractor pull take place from 10-11 a.m., with the pulling competition beginning at noon. Tractor Tracks will serve as the eliminator this year. Event-goers can chuck a few horseshoes or volleyballs in tournament action, or duel it out in a game of keg ball, getting underway at noon.

The Kennan American Legion Post and Auxiliary will host bingo games from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In the evening, a DJ will provide musical entertainment at the dance hall from 5-9 p.m.

Ogema

Beginning at dusk on July 4, a fireworks display will be provided by the Town of Ogema with the cooperation of members of the Ogema Volunteer Fire Company. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the fireworks to be set off over the Ogema Mill Pond.

Butternut

Butternut will also celebrate the holiday a few days early on Sunday, June 30, with a community picnic hosted by the Butternut American Legion. The meal will be held at the Legion Hall and the menu will include a brat or hamburger plate with choice of potato salad, baked beans, and dessert for $7, and a hot dog plate with choice of potato salad, baked beans and dessert for $5. Kids 12 and under eat for $3. Food will be served from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the bar opening at 2 p.m. There will be a raffle drawing held at 6 p.m.

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