Stars & Stripes Celebrations
Stone Lake’s Independence Day Celebration gets started with a Boat Parade. The special events continue throughout the day with their with softball and volleyball tournaments, all capped off with fireworks at dusk.
Enjoy an Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration in Park Falls. The day begins with breakfast at the VFW and then continues with garage sales, petting zoo, bake sale, parade and firefighter water fights. Fireworks complete the night.
Celebrate in Siren starting on July 3 by kicking your heels up at a street dance. July 4 events include a 5K walk or run in the morning. Be sure to stop for a snack at the pie and ice cream social, you will need energy for the bed races in the afternoon. Here you can enjoy not just one parade, but three parades: Kiddie, Grand and Boat! Then, grab your lawn chair for an evening of music and fireworks.
Need more days to celebrate? Then Freedom Fest in Balsam Lake is the place for you. Things start June 29 with the Queen’s Pageant and bag toss tournament. On June 30, it’s the Hot Rod Garden Tractor Pull, slow pitch tournament, music and a glow stick party. Keep rocking on July 1 with firefighter water fights, boat parade, pie social, main street dance and arts and crafts show. For Sunday, the schedule includes the car show, Queen’s Tea and the Freedom Fest Parade. The July 3rd finale includes family yard games, more music and fireworks.
Magic of Madeline Island
Just across the bay from Bayfield lies a vacation spot that will help put your worries and stress a world away – Madeline Island. The fun begins with the ferry ride aboard the Madeline Island Ferry Line. Board with your car, bike or walk aboard and enjoy the view of the incomparable Apostle Islands as you glide across the waves.
LaPointe, where you’ll find many local shops and restaurants, is the place to begin your exploration. At Island Carvers, you will find an enchanting array of carved items, from large pieces to greet your visitors at the front door to little creatures for your fairy garden. Not to mention gnomes of every size. Each piece is created special by local artists Chris Thompson and Ken Peterson.
Newly renovated Woods Hall Gifts features a wonderful selection of locally created arts and gifts. Dockside Gift Shop is filled with an eclectic array of gift items from cool kitchen gadgets to souvenirs. Handmade candles from Madeline Island Candles make the perfect present for a friend or yourself.
Take your explorations further with a moped or bicycle ride around and check out all the island’s amazing nooks and crannies. Renting a ride is as easy as a visit to Motion-To-Go.com. Joni’s Beach, Big Bay Town Park and Big Bay State Park provide spectacular views of legendary Lake Superior and a chance to get some sand in your shoes.
Northwest Wisconsin in the Spotlight
The Red Barn Theatre presents a full summer of shows by their very own Hardscrabble Players. Be inspired by the music and comedy of Sister Act, which was nominated for five Tonys, July 12-22. Then, on August 2-12 Glorious! tells the story of the world’s worst singer, her huge following and her quirky friends. See a full lineup of shows that will light up the stage at their website.
High atop Mount Ashwabay, in Washburn, the blue and white tent of Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua is raised each summer, becoming a music venue unlike any other. Under the tent is the place to see top notch entertainment like Travis Tritt on July 8, The Beach Boys on July 16, Mary Chapin Carpenter on July 30, and Here Come The Mummies on August 3. Big Top also has many house shows that explore the tales of the Lake Superior region and the sounds of music through the years.
Death by Golf will be presented by the Village Players Community Theatre July 27-30 and August 3-6 at the Voyager Village Community Center outside of Webster. It is a lively combination of uproarious comedy and a terrifying murder mystery.
The St. Croix Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls has a 2017 season that will fill your summer with great entertainment. Get ready for a night of laughter with Neil Simon’s classic farce Rumors, playing July 15-August 6. The next show features roles for local youth in The Children’s Hour, a classic drama about the pain wrought by false accusations at an all-girl boarding school and is set for August 12-17. The Concert Series highlights music for everyone – including bluegrass, jazz and harp.
Native American Culture & More
The St. Croix Casino locations are rocking this summer with events of all kinds. Bring the whole family out to St. Croix Casino Danbury on July 1 for an evening of entertainment by the Rock Bottom Band, delicious barbecue and a giant fireworks display at dusk. On July 7, get ready for a night of classic country music with TG Sheppard in Danbury. St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake rocks with Theory of a Deadman on July 14 and celebrates 25 years of Achy Breaky Hearts on July 29 with Billy Ray Cyrus.
The Bad River Lodge & Casino in Odanah features table games and slots, and a multitude of promotions throughout the year. The Manomin restaurant has a full menu of favorites. On July 22, sing along at a Neil Diamond Tribute with Steve Richards.
At Legendary Waters Resort & Casino, outside of Bayfield, the casino highlights not only gaming fun, but the beauty of Lake Superior. From the large windows in the casino to the hotel rooms with a view, and even a campground, the casino’s name sake is rarely out of sight.
Pow-wows help celebrate and preserve Native American traditions. The Red Cliff Traditional Pow-Wow is June 30-July 2 and features Grand Entries, traditional dances, costumes and food. The Honor the Earth Pow-Wow is July 15-17 at the Lac Courte Oreilles pow-wow grounds in Hayward. Mark your calendar for the Wild Rice Festival Pow-Wow in Danbury and the Bad River Pow-Wow in Odanah on August 25-27.
St. Croix RiverFest in Hudson will host a Native American Celebration on Sunday, July 23 in Hudson’s Lakefront Park. Visitors will gather by the St. Croix River to enjoy performances of traditional dancing and drumming plus see heritage and cultural displays.
Miles & Miles of Water Fun
Northwestern Wisconsin’s charm is often defined by the rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands that are found throughout its landscape, from Lake Superior to the St. Croix River Valley.
Head to the Big Six Chain of Lakes in Chetek for world class fishing and relaxation. This chain includes Chetek, Prairie, Pokegama, Moose Ear, Ten Mile and Ojaski Lakes and a list of fish to catch that is as big as the fish tales that your grandfather tells.
Douglas County is home to the Bois Brule River, which is world renowned for its trout fishing, as well as kayak and canoe opportunities. Even a number of presidents have visited and exclaimed it to be truly an American treasure.
In Burnett County, the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, the Namekagon River and over 500 lakes and other rivers await the adventurer, fisherperson and lazy paddler. Choices abound for a weekend, or more, of time on the water and away from the grind.
The Turtle Flambeau Flowage in Iron County provides 19,000 acres of pristine waters and more than 100 islands. Wildlife abounds and the sunsets provide amazing photo opportunities.