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Fourth of July in the Northwoods

Which events are canceled, which are still a go

June 30, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the Northwoods’ communities have made the decision to cancel or make adjustments to their usual 4th of July events. 

Here is a breakdown of those events. Check social media and area Chambers of Commerce before attending.

July 4

Boulder Junction

The parade has been canceled, however, a small ceremony by the American Legion Post 451 will be held at noon on Saturday, July 4 at the Veterans Memorial Triangle.

The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite Patriotic Decorating Contest at a participating business. Images will be posted on boulderjct.org from July 2 to 5, and awards will be presented July 6.

Fireworks will take place at the Boulder Junction Airport starting at 10 p.m. Gates will open at 8 p.m. and cars will be parked with generous spacing to allow families to enjoy the display while safely socially distancing while staying by their vehicle. Private fireworks and grilling out is not permissible, restrooms will not be available and there will be no play area up front for children — families must stay by their vehicle.


The Independence Day Parade and Picnic in the Park have been canceled this year.

Eagle River

Amid concerns of COVID-19, the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, along with the Eagle River Business Association and VFW Post 8637, has made the difficult decision to cancel the Fourth of July parade, fireworks, and Party in the Street for 2020.

Lac du Flambeau

The Fourth of July Parade in Lac du Flambeau has been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

Lake Tomahawk

All Fourth of July festivities in Lake Tomahawk have been canceled, including the Fourth of July Parade, Snowshoe Baseball and fireworks.

Land O’ Lakes

The parade, picnic and fireworks have all been canceled for 2020 in Land O’ Lakes.

Manitowish Waters

The Chamber of Commerce announced the cancelation of the parade and all community center events.

Music in the Park at Koller Park from 3 to 5 p.m., featuring the Michael Saint Band, and the Skiing Skeeters Water Ski Show will be at 7 p.m. at Rest Lake Park. Fireworks will be over Rest Lake at dusk.

Minocqua-Arbor Vitae-Woodruff

A Vintage Military Plane Flyover will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. over Minocqua, Woodruff, Arbor Vitae and the Minocqua Chain of Lakes. Specifics times to come.

Fireworks will be at dusk over Lake Minocqua.


The annual Mercer Fourth of July celebration kicks off with a street dance the evening of July 3 at the Heart of the North in downtown Mercer.

The morning of July 4 begins with the Run for a Vet Race. Race registration starts at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m. on the MECCA Trail. The race consists of a 5.1K run or a 1.1. mile walk/run with proceeds going to the VFW building fund. For further information, contact Betty at 715-476-2074.

Following the run, parade lineup starts at the Mercer Ranger Station at 10 a.m. and the parade officially begins at 11 a.m., making its way through downtown Mercer.

Following the parade, the day will continue at Carow Park, full of food, drinks and great company, from noon to dusk. 

Family games and face painting at Carow Park will be from noon to 2 p.m., with live music from 6 to 9 p.m. Fireworks will take place at dusk.

Plum Lake (Sayner, Star Lake)

The Plum Lake Fire Department and the Sayner-Star Lake Lions Club announced the annual July 4th Chicken BBQ, parade, and fireworks are canceled.

Donations to the Plum Lake Fire Department can be sent to P.O. Box 245, Sayner, WI 54560.

Presque Isle

Live music by the Spotlight Polka Band will be at the American Legion building, and town-sponsored fireworks will be at dusk.


Fireworks will take place at Hodag Park beginning at 9:30 p.m.

July 11


The Winchester Picnic starts in the Winchester Park with food and bar at noon, kid’s games and Dunk Tank at 1 p.m., Ron Harrison entertainment at 2 p.m. and the famous Bobber Race at 3 p.m. 

The Boat Parade is at 6 p.m. down by the bridge between North and South Turtle Lakes. All this fun organized by the Winchester Fire Department. 

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