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Plenty to do for North Shore Fourth of July celebrations

June 25, 2012

Looking to go for a swim this Fourth of July, watch fireworks crackle in the night sky, slurp on an ice cream cone, or shake it with a group of dancing grannies?

Look no further than these upcoming celebrations planned for the communities of the North Shore.

Mequon-Thiensville

Mequon and Thiensville once again play host to Family Fun before the Fourth this year on Saturday.

The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. on Cedarburg Road at the Weyenberg Library, north into Thiensville on Main Street, east on Freistadt, south on Green Bay Road and then east on Elm Street to Thiensville Village Park - keep your eyes peeled for the aforementioned dancing grannies.

There is free ice cream (until it's gone) accompanied by the Homestead High School Marching Band, starting at noon.

From 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. spectators can get a Taste of Mequon-Thiensville Talent, featuring the Bella Via Dance Studio, North Shore Dance Studio, Rince Nia Irish Academy of Dance & Culture, Knowledge Edge-Spelling Bee, and LakeShore Dance.

The Badgerland Waterski team performs between 3:30 and 5 p.m. before The No Nothings take to the stage between 5 and 7 p.m. and Christopher's Project plays from 7 p.m. until dusk.

Fireworks are scheduled for dusk, and a Venetian boat parade will light up the river from 8:30 to 9 p.m.

Bayside

Bayside residents should meet at the Bayside Middle School parking lot at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday for the parade, which starts at 9 a.m. and travels to Ellsworth Park.

Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes for the parade and bring their (leashed) dogs.

There is ice cream and coffee at Ellsworth Park following the parade.

Community Bark is again sponsoring Bayside's Best Dog.

Brown Deer

Brown Deer's main and children's parades both begin at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday . The main parade begins at Brown Deer Middle School and proceeds along North 51st Street to Village Park led by Marshal Mary Kust. Children should meet at the West Dean Road Service Drive off 52nd Street between 1 and 1:15 p.m. for the children's parade. Children 7 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. All children's parade participants and children are invited to an ice cream party at 2 p.m. near the 1884 Schoolhouse Museum.

The Village Pond is open between noon and 5 p.m. and a beer tent is open between 1 and 11 p.m. There will be a corn roast and picnic between 2 and 8:30 p.m., children's games between 3 and 4 p.m., bingo from 3 and 9 p.m., music from 2 and 9:30 p.m., Fourth of July cake at 6 p.m., and a raffle at 8:45 p.m.

Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m.

Fox Point

Fox Point residents should assemble at the Police Department at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, and the parade begins at 9 a.m., traveling north of Santa Monica Bouldevard and west on Bell Road to Longacre Pavilion.

Activities to follow include a jazz quartet, free ice cream, Cracker Jacks and beverages, the annual softball game, clowns, face-painting and more.

Glendale

Glendale's children's parade begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday and the main parade begins at 10:30 a.m. The parades begin at Parkway School and travel north to Kletzsch Park.

Evening entertainment begins at 5 p.m. with accompanying food vendors.

Fireworks are scheduled for 9:15 p.m.

Shorewood

Shorewood will kick off its Fourth of July celebration with a free, all-ages swim at the Verner H. Esser pool at Shorewood High School between 1 and 2 p.m. Wednesday .

The parade starts at 3:30 p.m. and moves south along Oakland Avenue from Kensington Boulevard to Spector Field in River Park.

At 4:30 p.m. there is free ice cream and a concert by Red Hot Dixie Band at River Park.

Starting at 6 p.m. food, music, and children's activities will light up Atwater Park.

Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m., and the beach closes at noon for setup.

Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay's parade begins at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Kent Avenue and Silver Spring Drive, east to Lake Drive, and north to Klode Park, led by Whitefish Bay High School Principal and Grand Marshal Bill Henkle.

The Klode Park Festival begins with a 1 p.m. flag raising followed by games from 1 to 4 p.m. and music from 12:30 to 9:15 p.m. Games include, among others, mini bowling, bean bag toss and mini golf. Face-painting is also available. The music stage hosts 5 Card Studs, Stray Voltage, Southbound, and Pink Houses.

Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m.

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