In honor of its 100th year, White Lake will celebrate Independence Day with an extra flair this year.
Two military marching bands—representing the past and present—will perform for the community’s July Fourth celebration, slated Saturday with activities stretching from the early morning Possum Run through the fireworks at dusk.
Headliner for the event are the 1st Brigade Civil War Band, along with the 132nd Wisconsin National Guard Band. Both will march in the noon parade. Afterwards the Civil War Band will perform a circle concert at 1:30 p.m. followed by the National Guard Band at 2 p.m.
The 1st Brigade Band is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Historical Society and is supported and sponsored by Heritage Military Music Foundation, Inc.; a non-profit, educational, historical, and patriotic organization.
The band makes history alive by presenting period brass band music, performed on antique instruments. Attired in uniforms and gowns, the band's musicians, color guard, and costumed ladies take you back to the 1860s; to that turbulent era known as the Civil War. A nostalgic portrayal of the atmosphere of days gone by is generated by a unique form of showmanship that blends the sights and sounds of the period with historical anecdotes.
The National Guard's 132nd Army Band keeps the military band tradition alive and thriving with approximately 60 citizen-soldier-musicians who travel the state, the country and even the world with a variety of music that everybody enjoys.
A descendant of the Army Guard's famed 32nd "Red Arrow" Division bands of World War I and World War II, today's 132nd Army Band is an exceptional band of outstanding musicians. The band inaugurates Wisconsin governors, has played honors for the President of the United States, helped commission the battleship USS Wisconsin, has played with the Milwaukee and Beloit/Janesville Symphony Orchestras, commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the Wisconsin Guard's World War II service in Australia, welcomed home each of the Wisconsin Guard's Desert Storm units, and played for military ceremonies and public performances in Germany.
White Lake’s big day begins at the lake park with the annual one-mile Possum Run at 7:30 a.m. The 10K run will begin at 8:15 a.m.
The White Lake Centennial-Independence Day parade will start at noon, rain or shine, at the intersection of Highway M and Church Street and make its way through the village. Grand Marshal is Don Rose.
The White Lake American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard will lead the parade. The White Lake High School Band will march and play, along with the two military bands. The American Legion Riders are also scheduled to participate. Many floats and other entries will take part.
Following the parade, the festivities move to the lake park and pavilion, where there will be a variety of food and refreshments offered by local vendors and non-profit organizations.
The White Lake Area Historical Society will be selling its Centennial books White Lake Places and White Lake Faces at their booth. The books were created by White Lake native Jane Hoffman Whitt.
Following the military music, No Schtick will wrap up the afternoon and evening of live music at 5 p.m.
There will be a number of family activities available during the afternoon, including balloon art and face-painting by Mischief and Magic, a dunk tank and a fish pond.
White Lake is bringing back the boat parade this year, and it will be held at 8:30 p.m. An extra-special fireworks show, in honor of the centennial, will cap the day at about 9:30 p.m.
The 132nd Wisconsin National Guard band, top photo,
and the 1st Brigade Civil War Band will both march in Saturday’s
Independence Day parade in White Lake.