Wausau Fireworks

Fourth of July events and other things to check out this weekend

Fourth of July Fireworks 

Thursday 7/4 | Wausau Municipal Airport, Wausau 

Wausau Fireworks

Once upon a time, there was a big Fourth of July celebration at Marathon Park, and that always included a big fireworks show. Those days are gone, and a couple of years back the city of Wausau partnered up with other communities to form a community-wide fireworks celebration. The idea was to shoot them up high enough so that everyone can see them. This year it’s going to work a little differently – for the first time since this event was created, people will be allowed inside the park. Bring your own food and beverages and please pick up after yourself. Free, donations accepted. Gates open at 7 pm, fireworks at 9:15 pm. wausauevents.org.

Mosinee Fourth of July 

Thursday 7/4 | River Park, Mosinee

Far from the only fireworks show in the area, Mosinee’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show always draws a pretty big crowd and many say it’s one of the best. Held at Mosinee’s River Park (you LogJam fans out there know where it is) the fun starts at 3 pm and goes until 11 pm. Besides a parade at 6 pm, there are plenty of activities going on in the park including cornhole, a bouncy house, face-painting, and live entertainment by the Shane Weather Dup and the Del Rays. Fireworks at dusk. Free. 

Spicy Tie Band

Thursday 7/4 | Tiki Beach Bar and Grill, Knowlton 

You might not associate central Wisconsin with beach parties, but Tiki Bar will change your mind. Their music events are unlike just about anything else around the area. Basically it’s a giant beach party with a big stage, plenty of lawn space to hang out and people rolling up to the spot on pontoon boats or even kayaks. For this particular Fourth of July party is Spicy Tie Band, a great party band for the occasion and winner of multiple WAMI awards. Is there a better way to party on America’s birthday? 6:30 pm. tikibeachllc.com 

Jesse and the Medicine Men

Friday 7/5 | Stoney Acres Pizza, Athens 

Let me paint a picture for you — you’re listening to old-school country music while hanging out on the farm as the sun sets, and the scent of a pizza wafts into your nostrils. Well, you guys can do just that this Saturday, as Stoney Acres welcomes Jesse and the Medicine Men to the farm to play during pizza night. Jesse and the Medicine Men bring that old school style country that is starting to reappear a lot, with a dusty, deep voice that ought to go well with a Stoney Pepperoni pizza and Stoney Acres Brewery beer. 4-8:30 pm. stoneyacres.farm 

Riverfront Rendezvous

Thurs.-Sat. 7/4-6 | Pfiffner Pioneer Park, Stevens Point

There’s something about kicking back in a lounge chair just off of downtown Stevens Point, an extra day off ahead because of the Fourth of July weekend, and listening to a lineup of great bands right next to the Wisconsin River. Riverfront Rendezvous is a big deal in Stevens Point, and for good reason — the event combines food vendors, bands ranging from local acts to national ones, lumberjack games, and even poetry readings one year. See the full schedule at https://stevenspoint.com/409/Riverfront-Rendezvous



Big Oil, Rhythm Playboys, Barefoot Americans, Wheelhouse, Miss Myra and the Moonshiners, Copper Box, and Spin Doctors.


River Cities Jazz, Boogie and the Yo Yoz, Non-Serio (Polish Choir), Pat McCurdy, and Horseshoes and Hand Grenades.


Improv Comedy; John Dietz and the Twin Lakes Trio; Boo Bradley; Rebel Grace; Adrian & Meredith; Gin, Chocolate, and Bottle Rockets; Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.