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No trumpets sounded on that day. No crowds stood and cheered. No parades made their way down the streets of Philadelphia.

There were no fireworks shot into the sky.

It was July 4, 1776. A document called the Declaration of Independence had just been adopted, with a total of 86 alterations to writer Thomas Jefferson’s original document. Almost 500 words had been eliminated, until finally the remaining 1,337 words were put to a vote.

Without any fanfare, the vote was taken on those 01,337 incredible words … and the United States of America was born.

This week we celebrate America’s birthday throughout the area.

Here is what will be taking place …


Spooner will have its fireworks display to celebrate Independence day on Thursday, July 4.

The Spooner Fire District will set off a fireworks display at 10 p.m. in the hills between the high school and elementary school.

There will be great viewing from both school parking lots.

Root beer floats will be sold by the Fire Department Auxiliary at Spooner High School football field concession stand.

Shell Lake

Shell Lake’s celebration was held on Wednesday, July 3, with a street dance, Block Party, and fireworks.

The celebration began at 7 p.m. with music at the Shell Lake Pavilion. Hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, soft pretzels, brats, tacos, funnel cakes, and other treats will be available through the evening.

From 8 p.m. to midnight the Sushi band from Chicago performed at the free downtown street dance.

The Shell Lake Fine Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, July 7, from 10-4 p.m. at Memorial Park. Many local and regional artists will be displaying and selling their art work on the beautiful shores of Shell Lake in Memorial Park. This is a highly anticipated and “must attend” summer event.

Enjoy paintings, wood work, leather work, ceramics, print making, weaving and much, much more.

Big McKenzie Lake

At Big McKenzie Lake there will be a Boat Parade at West Point Campground, starting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. Enjoy live music by Roger Allen at 4 p.m.

On Friday, July 5, at West Point, there will be live music by Roger Allen at 4 p.m. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

Saturday, July 6, at McKenzie Landing, enjoy live music by DeTour from 12-4 p.m. There will be a DJ at 5 p.m.

Stone Lake

On Thursday, July 4, at Stone Lake, there will be an Independence Day Celebration will be from 10 a.m. until sunset.

There will be a Men’s Softball Tournament, games for kids, and food and beverages available.

A fireworks display will be held at dusk in the Stone Lake Lions Park sponsored by the Stone Lake Lions Club.


Siren Freedom Days will host a variety of events on Wednesday and Thursday, July 3-4. More on the festival is in a separate article on spooneradvocate.com.


Webster, the Sunfish Capital of Wisconsin, will observe Independence Day with several events.

On Thursday, July 4, starting at 1:30 p.m., there will be an Independence Day Parade on Main Street.

The Webster Rural Fire Department Brat Sale starts at 11 a.m. on Main Street.

On Saturday, July 6, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., enjoy the Webster Lions Chicken BBQ.

At the Central Burnett County Fairgrounds in Webster, food vendors will open and music will start at 7 p.m. There will be fireworks at dusk.


On Thursday, July 4, enjoy the Fireman’s Breakfast benefiting the Cumberland Fire District. The breakfast will feature pancakes, Louie’s Smokey Links, and much more on the menu.

Enjoy kids games, volleyball, horseshoes and DJ and much more. There will be a huge fireworks display from 9:30-11 p.m. over Beaver Dam Lake.


In Danbury on Saturday, July 6, enjoy the Danbury Fire & Rescue Independence Day Parade & Open House

There will be an Independence Day Parade at 11 a.m. (line-up at 10 a.m. behind Log Cabin Store).

The day will feature Water Fights, Sawdust Pile for kids, Dunk Tank

Food and beverages available at the Fire Hall.


Gordon Good Neighbor Days will be held on July 5-7. More on the festival is in a separate article on spooneradvocate.com.

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