Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (June 22, 2021) – Independence Day is fast approaching, and plans are in the works to make this a safe, enjoyable and memorable holiday for Wisconsin Rapids residents and visitors.
On Sunday, July 4, one of the best fireworks displays in the area will be launched from the Wisconsin River in downtown Wisconsin Rapids. The display will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. and may be viewed along most of the riverbank and downtown area, except for the launch and safety zone on the western bank of the river from the foot of the Grand Avenue Bridge to south of the Moravian Church.
This year’s Fourth of July Fireworks display will once again be choreographed to music, and Mayor Shane Blaser will be starting the show with the ceremonial lighting of the first shot. The National Anthem will be sung by the LHS Acapella Choir.
The DJ will start playing music at 6:00 p.m. Food and refreshment vendors will be located on West Grand Avenue on the west side of the river, and on Second Street South, south of East Grand Avenue, on the east side of the river.
The fireworks show relies upon donations from citizens and businesses, and donations are still being accepted.
Contact the Mayor’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you are planning to attend this event, please consider the following as you make plans:
• No tarps, blankets or chairs may be placed on the river bank or in any City park before 6:00 a.m. on July 4. Any article placed before 6:00 a.m. will be removed. Do not place blankets over plantings or mulch.
• No parking will be allowed on Second Street South between East Jackson Street and Mead Street, from 6:00 a.m. on July 4 through the conclusion of the event.
• No vehicle traffic will be allowed on Birch, Maple, Walnut, Pine, Witter, Locust and Mead Streets between Second Street South and Third Street South, from 3:00 p.m. on July 4 through the conclusion of the event.
• Parking spaces designated for individuals with disabilities will be available at the Moravian Church on Goggins Street (West side) and First Congregational Church, Maple Street parking lot (East side).
o There will be a safety zone established (dependent on weather conditions) which will be set and monitored by boat patrols. This will protect boaters from being in an area where fallout from the display could strike a person or boat and potentially cause injury, or a fire or explosion.
o Boaters are reminded to make sure there are sufficient certified flotation devices onboard and the boat’s capacity is not exceeded.
• For easier departure at the conclusion of the event, park on the side of the river in which you live or the area from which you travel.
• Obey traffic direction provided by local law enforcement.
• Always yield to pedestrians and be especially alert for children.
• Take the time you need to return home safely.
In the event of inclement weather, stay tuned to local media and communications outlets for information. If possible, a decision to cancel the display will be made by 3:00 p.m., July 4. The alternate date, should the display be canceled, will be Monday, July 5, 2021.
Local media and communications outlets:
Radio: Y105.5, AM 1320 WFHR
Wisconsin Rapids Community Media, Solarus Channel 3, Charter Channel 985; www.wr-cm.org
Nixle (Sign up for nixle alerts at www.nixle.com)
United Way 211 Dial “211”
Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune website: www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com
City of Wisconsin Rapids Website: www.wirapids.org
WSAW website: www.wsaw.com
WAOW website: www.waow.com
Also, regarding the possession, sale or use of fireworks, everyone should be reminded of the following:
• City Ordinance 20.04 (1) (a) allows private individuals and organizations to purchase, possess and use only those fireworks allowed in Chapter 167 of the Wisconsin Statutes. This would include sparklers, stationary cones and fountains, toy snakes, smoke bombs, caps, noisemakers and confetti poppers with less than one-quarter (¼) grain of explosive mixture. These items are legal without permits.
• Any device which contains more than one-quarter (¼) grain of explosive powder, that emits a report, discharges a flame, or leaves the ground is not permitted to be sold, possessed or used in the City of Wisconsin Rapids.
• All other fireworks, including roman candles, firecrackers, bottle rockets, mortars, etc. are illegal except for groups with permits. Anything which explodes or leaves the ground is illegal without a permit.
Our thanks to City of Wisconsin Rapids staff who have been a part of the planning process and to those who will carry out responsibilities during the event. And a special thanks to our colleagues in law enforcement, fire, EMS and Rescue who have committed time and resources to make this event safe and family-friendly.
From all of us at the City of Wisconsin Rapids, please have a very safe and enjoyable Fourth of July celebration.