Fireworks at Murray Park

Fireworks blast off over Murray Park in Ripon during a past Fourth of July celebration.

Want to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, or more?

A couple opportunities exist.

In Ripon, the community's annual fireworks display will begin at dus kand are shot off from Murray Park on the city’s north side. It's expected to be similar to past year's shows.

When asked about the program several weeks ago, Ripon Mayor Ted Grant encouraged anyone who wants to watch the show to take cautions against the coronavirus.

“We hope that the people who do end up choosing to attend maintain a social distance,” he said in June. “In my opinion, they should be wearing masks but that is a personal choice.”

GL Fourth of July 2019 - fireworks

Fireworks reflect off Green Lake during its 2019 Independence Day celebrations.

Around the Green Lake area, meanwhile, nearly a full day's worth of activities are planned, starting with a 4-mile run/walk at 8:30 a.m. at Reilly's Pub, followed by a boat parade in the afternoon and a parade on land through downtown Green Lake later in the day.

Music begins at 5:30 pm. at Deacon Mills Park with local musician Dan Braksma, while fireworks will be held over the lake at dusk.

Meanwhile, the Green Lake American Legion Auxiliary will be distributing poppies.

For more information about the events planned in Green Lake, click on the following link:

Fourth of July parade reinstated

Ian Stepleton is the editor of the Ripon Commonwealth Press, and been with the paper since September 2000. Starting with fall 2016, he also is an adjunct professor of journalism at Ripon College, and advisor to the college's newspaper, the College Days.

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