There is just no better place to celebrate Independence Day than Racine County. Choose from celebrations, parades, fireworks, dances and all-around holiday weekend fun. Real Racine has the July 4 holiday rundown right here!
Start with parties and fireworks!
The celebrating gets started on Monday (July 3) with parties and fireworks.
The annual Sturtevant Fireworks are at dusk on Monday from Fireman's Park on Charles Street. Parking is $5 per car. Food may be purchased in the park.
A new pre-Fourth event, "Strike Up the Festivities" block party runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Monument Square in Downtown Racine. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Enjoy rockin' blues music from Mean Jake. It's all presented by Racine Fourth Fest. Free admission.
In Raymond, the annual Raymond Community Business Organization's July Fourth Kickoff is Monday from 5 to 11:30 p.m. at the festival grounds along 76th Street (Hwy. U) between Hwys. G and K. A car, tractor and bike show starts at 5 p.m., Zumba runs from 6 to 7 p.m. and the Lunch Money Bullies perform at 7:30 p.m. Free.
Choose from four parades (really!!)
If you're looking for parades, Racine County delivers four of 'em on Tuesday, July 4.
The Racine Fourth Fest Parade is the undisputed biggie with more than 100 entries, including bands, floats, antique cars, entertainers and more. This year's theme is "Dreams Come True Under the Red, White and Blue." Comedian/actor/TV host B.D. Freeman, a Racine native, is back in his hometown as Honorary Parade Marshal. The parade route runs south along Main Street and west along 14th Street. The pre-parade starts at 8:45 a.m. followed by the big march at 9 a.m. Allow about 3 hours to see the whole thing. Fireworks from North Pier are at dusk (approx. 9 p.m.) Click HERE for details.
The Union Grove Fourth of July Parade has the theme "What Makes America Great?" It starts at 9:15 a.m. from the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., and travels east on Durand (Hwy. 11) and north on Main Street (Hwy. 45). The community's Kiddie Parade assembles at 8:45 a.m. at Graham Public Library, 12th and Main, and precedes the main parade.
The Waterford Independence Day Parade starts at 11 a.m. from Seventh and Main streets. The parade marches west on Main and south on First Street. It is preceded by the children's parade at 10:30 a.m. The day's festivities include the Waterford Lions Club's annual duck raffle. Watch for Lions members selling raffle chances along the parade route.
The Raymond 4th of July Parade (2017 theme "We Salute You") steps off at 1 p.m. from the Festival Grounds along 76th Street (Hwy U). It is preceded by the kiddie parade at 12:45 p.m. Everyone is invited to stay for the community celebration with auctions, cow pie bingo, kids games and live music. The day is capped with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Fun in the evening, too
The City of Burlington Fire Department's annual dance and fundraiser runs from 2 to 10:30 p.m. at Echo Park, 589 Milwaukee. Admission is $2 (including a cash raffle entry). The day includes a baggo tournament at 3 p.m., music from the Lunch Money Bullies from 7 to 10:30 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.