Go Fourth with ducks, cups and shirts, oh my!


DUFFERS LINE UP for everyone’s favorite game, “Sink the Bismarck,” in Playground Park. Proceeds from the event this year will go towards a new American Legion building.   Connor Cummiskey photo

by Hannah Tetzlaff
Green Lake Reporter

With rubber ducks, tie-dye T-shirts, golf balls and souvenir cups, the Green Lake area creatively displays its patriotism in celebration of Fourth of July.

Green Lake

The City of Green Lake is getting into the Fourth of July spirit early on the morning on Monday, July 4 with a pancake breakfast at the new American Legion Building.

After filling up on pancakes, individuals may stroll over to Playground Park and perfect their golf swing as they try to “Sink the Bismarck” by landing a golf ball into a boat anchored in the Mill Pond.

While at the park, adults and children may enjoy treats, free games, a petting farm, and face-painting.

At 1 p.m., the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce launches its “American Heroes”-themed boat parade from Sunset Park. The public may catch a glimpse of the boats as they travel from Sunset Park, along the north shore, and sail into Dartford Bay at 1:45 p.m.

Celebrators, as well, may test their luck on the water as they cheer on their rubber duck in the duck race for a chance to win a prize. The race begins at 3 p.m. at the Mill Pond and the prizes are Chamber gift certificates equal to $150, $75 and $25 for first, second and third place, respectively.

The rubber ducks are available for $5 at the Chamber, Adam’s Rib and Sassafras Coffee and may be bought the day of the event at the Chamber’s booth until 2 p.m.

From the lake and now to the shore, the public is encouraged to join in Green Lake’s Downtown Fourth of July parade. All are welcome to decorate their bikes, trikes, wagons and strollers and head down to the County Fairgrounds to walk in the parade at 4 p.m.

The Green Lake celebration continues with the Rock River Band at 5 p.m. at Deacon Mills Park along with fireworks over Dartford Bay at dusk.

Princeton

On Saturday, June 25 to Sunday, June 26, Princeton embraces the Fourth of July celebrations earlier than most local towns.

Princeton begins its festivities Saturday night with food at 6 p.m. and a performance by Avalanche Lily from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Princeton City Park.

Princeton ends the night with a bang as it launches fireworks at dusk.

On Sunday, the Fourth of July revelries begin again at 10 a.m. at the City Park and go until 5 p.m. with many family-friendly activities throughout the day.

These include the firemen water fight, wild ball — a kid’s water game — birdhouse building, face painting and tattoos. and tie-dye T-shirtssold at $8 for adults, $5 for children.

Individuals may fill up on smoked ribs on both Saturday and Sunday, courtesy of Markesan’s FireHaus BBQ.

Princeton Emergency Auxiliary added a new change this year by offering a color-changing souvenir cup for only $3, so those who visit will never forget the fun time they had.

Berlin

On Saturday, July 2, the Town of Berlin beckons everyone to partake in its Independence Day event at Riverside Park.

Families can enjoy the food, music, activities and fireworks all in celebration of our country’s birthday.

Ripon

Ripon participates in the Fourth of July merriment with its own display of fireworks above Murray Park, Monday, July 4 at dusk.

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