Celebrate Independence Day and Minocqua’s 125th Anniversary by joining the fun on Friday, July 4, 2014. The chairs start lining the shady side of Oneida Street at 6 a.m. in anticipation of the afternoon parade. Get up early have some breakfast and then make your way out to the Minocqua Farmers Market on Hwy 70 W between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. It’s an All-American Farmers Market Celebration with free hot dogs to the first 100 customers along with apple pie and other farmers’ specials.
Spend the rest of the morning and early afternoon out on the lake, shopping, visiting local attractions and restaurants. Stop by Veterans Park where Holy Family Catholic Church will be selling hot dogs, water and soda from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until they are sold out.
Be sure to be back downtown for the parades. The kiddie parade starts at 3:45 p.m. and pre-registration is not required. Children should gather on the sidewalk near Redman Realty (corner of Park Street West and Hwy. 51 South) by 3:15 p.m. on the 4th of July. All bikes, trikes, wagons and strollers may be decorated in red, white and blue. No motorized vehicles are allowed in the kiddie parade.
Celebrating 125 Years of Timber, Trains and Tourism is the theme for the main parade that starts at 4 p.m. with a flyover sponsored by The Lakeland Times. Floats, walking groups, marching bands and vintage automobiles decorated with an eye toward the Town’s history and will travel from south of bridge, north on Hwy 51 South/Oneida Street through downtown Minocqua and past Island City Ice Cream.
After the parade, bring a blanket or lawn chair and head to Torpy Park for a free musical performance by the Lakeland Community Concert Band which begins at 5:30 p.m. The Min-Aqua Bats will perform a special show for the July 4th crowd beginning at 7 p.m. at the Aqua Bowl on Lake Minocqua. The group has provided free, thrilling water ski shows for over 50 years each summer. Come a little early to watch a 4th of July Boat Parade pass by the Aqua Bowl at 6:15 p.m. or consider joining in the floating fun. There is no entry fee, but boats should be decorated for the holiday. Sign up in advance at the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce or on the afternoon of the 4th between 5 and 5:30 p.m. at the public fishing pier, on the north side of the bridge just across from the Yacht Club. Look for the decorated Parade Check-In sign manned by a Chamber volunteer.
After watching the parade and the water ski show, head to your favorite firework viewing area on land or water and settle in for the remainder of the night. Just remember – if you can see the blue water tower in downtown Minocqua – you will see the fireworks.
There will be shuttle buses running from noon to midnight with pick-up/drop-off sites at Torpy Park, Island City Lanes and Lakeland Union High School. Shuttle buses will not run during the parade. Registration forms to participate in the July 4th street parade and the boat parade are available at the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce (8216 Hwy. 51 South, next to Sedlak Chevrolet-Buick) For more information call the Chamber at
715-356-5266, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.