The Fourth of July weekend was marked with a huge parade, aerial blasts, music and fellowship throughout the northwoods region Saturday through Monday.
The celebration of summer brought thousands and thousands of people to the northwoods for the three-day weekend that has increasingly become a celebration of summer.
And the season did it best on all three days, with bright sun, comfortable temperatures and no precipitation, all the elements of a wonderful weekend outdoors in the North.
Events in this area got underway with the White Lake Centennial party on Saturday, led by the Possum Run and the noon parade. The parade route in White Lake was lined with a crowd that in some cases were four or five deep, and they watched as more than one hour of business entries, bands and floats rolled past.
The 1st Brigade Band marched in the parade and then appeared in a concert outside the pavilion, taking the crowd back to an era of small town Wisconsin before the Civil War.
Following parade duties and the concert in White Lake, the band traveled to Antigo for another show at City Park for the annual community picnic, another great celebration with Salm Partners sausages, baked beans, cole slaw, potato chips from Wisconsin and then a trademark of the music program in the park, pies and frozen custard.
The Optimist Club was serving its cheese curds, a treat in any leisurely setting.
The parade in Antigo was led to a start on Edison Street at 7 p.m. Monday evening, heading down 10th Avenue to the High School grounds for food, fun and eventually, fireworks.
The Community Band performed a number of selections, most with a focus on patriotic selections as an Independence Day salute, and Barry Thiel, the parade marshal, and tractors from the Northwoods Tractor Club.
There were cars from Badgerland Classics and Customs and political entries from those seeking county offices. Representative Sean Duffy looked sporty as he walked the parade route and shook hands with the crowd.
The dairy industry in the county were well represented with floats from the Schuessler and Nagel farms, passing out chocolate milk, and the Adamski Sugar Bush providing small bottles of its maple syrup.
You couldn’t miss the local party rental store’s new addition, a trolley bus, which is being made available for parties, weddings and more.
There were also entries from local churches, organizations and Brandt’s horse-draw sleigh and wagon rides.
The 1st Brigade Band formed a circle at White Lake to perform a post-parade concert.