GL celebrates Independence Day

FIREWORKS ERUPT over Big Green Lake during the city’s Fourth of July celebration. Right, a crowd gathers outside of the Town Square Community Center to watch the parade. Joe Schulz photo

by Joe Schulz

While many communities across Wisconsin had Independence Day celebrations canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Green Lake wasn’t one of them. 

Although there were no duck races or Sink the Bismarck in Playground Park, Green Lake’s Fourth of July celebration offered a multitude of quintessential Independence Day festivities.

Deacon Mills Wharf was packed with boats all day, as many residents and visitors spent much of the day on the water. 

When on land, folks strolled through downtown, popping into their favorite establishments for refreshments. 

At roughly 1:30 p.m. a patriotic-themed boat parade — organized by Shoreline Boat Center — floated past Deacon Mills Park, featuring a variety of vessels decked out in red, white and blue. 

A line of boats approaches Deacon Mills Wharf as part of the Shoreline Boat Center’s patriotic-themed boat parade. Joe Schulz photo

A few hours later, people lined Mill Street in preparation for the Fourth of July parade on land. While the Green Lake School Band was absent from the parade, folks were treated to the American Legion Honor Guard, local officials, emergency response vehicles and more. 

After the parade, Dan Braaksma and Al Muenchow took the Starlight Stage at 5:30 p.m. to perform a blend of country, blues, jazz and rock music.

As the sun began to set in Green Lake, the park began to fill with people in anticipation of the fireworks display. Outside the park, folks lined South Lawson Drive along Dartford Bay waiting for the show. 

At dusk, fireworks began to explode over the bay. The crowd in Deacon Mills cheered and hollered as the sky filled with red, white and blue illuminations. 

As the grand finale erupted in the air, attendees gave out one last thunderous round of applause before heading home after a day of celebrating.