2021 Franklin Civic Celebration
Friday, July 2, 2021 - 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, July 3, 2021 - Noon to 11 p.m.
Sunday, July 4, 2021 - 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Lions Legend Park
(Loomis Road & Drexel Avenue)
The Civic Celebrations Commission, with guidance from the Franklin Health Department, aims to provide the best possible event for those that want to attend in person and virtual suggestions for those that prefer to celebrate elsewhere (see virtual/online link section below). Let's celebrate our quality of life and liberty, and pursue happiness safely together!
Whether you are a volunteer or attendee, if you do not feel well, please stay home and participate in online events.
Parking: Forest Park Middle School is available for parking.
July 4th Parade: Children's Parade at 10:30 a.m.; Main Parade at 11 a.m. The Children's Parade is an annual tradition with the kids decorating their bikes, wagons, and strollers in patriotic red, white, and blue colors. No registration is required for the Children's parade. If interested in entering a group to participate in the Main Parade, please request a registration packet by calling Ann Adamski at 414-690-7340 or via email. All local area scout troops, churches, youth groups, booster clubs, and civic organizations are encouraged to participate. Deadline for entry in the Main Parade is June 15th. PLEASE NOTE THAT BLEACHERS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED FOR THE PARADE.
Fireworks: Don't miss the spectacular fireworks display beginning promptly at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 4th!
Entertainment for 2021:
Rainbow Rides and Food Vendors will be operating during all open hours of the festival. No Carry-ins are allowed on the festival grounds area at any time during the festival.
★ Friday July 2, 5 pm – 11 pm ★
Bella Cain Band 7:30 – 11 pm
★ Saturday July 3, Noon – 11 pm ★
Innovative Fitness and Health Free Group Exercise Classes, Noon – 1:30 pm
Rainbow Rides Wrist Band Day – $20.00, Noon – 4:00 pm
The Jimmys Band 2 – 5:30 pm
Brew City Wrestling 7:15 – 9 pm
The Cheap Shots Band 7 – 11 pm
★ Sunday July 4, 10 am – 11 pm ★
Children's Parade 10:30 am / Main Parade 11 am (PLEASE NOTE THAT BLEACHERS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED.)
Echos of Camp Randall Marching Band will be part of the 4th of July parade!
Free ice cream will be handed out after the parade on the festival grounds.
Franklin Historical buildings are open right after the parade. Located right across the street from the main tent. Docents provide a guided tour through the historical area.
The Differentials Band 1:30 – 5 pm
The Playlist Band 6 – 9:30 pm
Fireworks 9:30 pm
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Local Vendors: The Franklin Civic Celebration is also an opportunity for local vendors/artists to display and sell their creations. To learn more, contact Ann Adamski at 414-690-7340 or via email.
Volunteers: If interested in volunteering at the Civic Celebration, please fill out the Volunteer Sign-Up Form and mail it to the address on the form or scan/email it, or contact Pete Kosovich at 414-761-7664 to register. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old to volunteer in the beer/wine tent. Sign up early to get your time slots reserved.
Donations: The Franklin Civic Celebrations Commission welcomes donations of any dollar amount. Any business or individual interested in giving a donation or sponsoring a specific event or entertainer related to the festival, please contact Mira Kresovic at 414-202-7192. We salute our sponsors/donors for the 2021 Civic Celebration!
Festival Questions: Call/Email John Bergner at 414-881-5863.
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Virtual/Online Suggestions for Celebrating Independence Day
At Home Pregame
★ Readings and Podcasts
The Declaration of Independence – podcast
The American Crisis by Thomas Paine – podcast
The Federalist Papers by Publis – podcast
US Constitution – podcast
Free American History Audiobooks at LibriVox
★ Board Games
Trivial Pursuit: All American Edition (1993)
For the true board game enthusiasts, Board Game Geek Recommends
Independence Day Games and American Revolution Games
★ Host an Online Game
The host can discover games on a plethora of topics.
Sporcle: How to host a Sporcle event. Video conferencing is not necessary, especially if you all are in the same area.
Can you find the states?
Various American History Sporcle links
Kahoot!: How to host a Kahoot! remotely. Video conferencing is not necessary, especially if you all are in the same area. Anyone with internet access can play with the pin number on computer, tablet, or smartphone; no subscription or additional software is necessary. The host needs a free account. That persons selects, starts, and runs the game. Once the game begins, the host shares the pin number to anyone and then they can login and join at https://kahoot.it/. Some holiday recommendations are
US History the Declaration of Independence
The American Revolution
★ Patriotic Movies
☆ Air Force One (1997)
☆ Apollo 13 (1995)
☆ Captain America
☆ Forest Gump (1994)
☆ Gettysburg (1993)
☆ Glory (1989)
☆ Independence Day (1996)
☆ Lincoln (2012)
☆ Miracle (2004)
☆ Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
☆ Patriot (2000)
☆ Patton (1970)
☆ Red Dawn (1984)
☆ Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)