Area residents enjoy last year’s Fourth of July celebration in Whitewater in a myriad ways including these friends sharing a laugh while sinking their teeth into sweet corn. This year’s festival runs through July 4. (Tom Ganser photo)

Whitewater and area communities gear up for Fourth of July activities

Southern Lakes residents won’t have many difficulties in finding a great location to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.

Even if their municipality doesn’t have anything on the docket, celebrations are planned throughout the region.

And with the Fourth falling in the middle of the week, folks can find something to do all week long.

The City of Whitewater traditionally offers one of the biggest and best event schedules in the area, running from Friday, June 29, through Wednesday, July 4.

Freedom in the Heartland will feature grand marshal Sgt. Michael Davenport, U.S. Army. The July 4 parade will start at Lincoln School on Prince, to Main, to Whitewater and end at Fremont. Participants can decorate tour bikes for the parade from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 1; safety checks and decorating booth available at Bicyclewise, 1130 W. Main St.

Another highlight will be the 34th annual car show and rally, which runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 4.

The Whippet City Mile precedes the parade. The course follows the parade route beginning on the corner of Highland and Prince, progressing onto Main Street and then finishing downtown.

For a complete schedule as well as a listing of events planned in the surrounding communities, see the June 28 Whitewater Register.


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