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Independence Celebration

2024 Independence Celebration

Wednesday, July 3, 2024 - 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Thursday, July 4, 2024 - 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday, July 5, 2024 - 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, July 6, 2024 - 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Lions Legend Park
(Loomis Road & Drexel Avenue)

Complete Event Schedule and Details (will be posted closer to event)

Franklin Civic Celebration Annual Parade

Complete Event Schedule and Details (will be posted closer to event)  

Four days of family fun - Wednesday through Saturday, July 3-6, 2024 in Lions Legend Park.  Entertainment for all ages including carnival rides, food vendors, music, fireworks, and a parade

Parade:  Thursday, July 4th, Children's Parade 10:30 a.m. / Main Parade 11 a.m.  Parade route:  Parade begins at W. Loomis Road and Forest Hill Avenue, progresses north on Loomis Road to Drexel Avenue, proceeds east down Drexel Avenue to the Fire Station. 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 motorized vehicles allowed). No registration is required for the Children's parade.  Kids with an adult can gather at the front parking lot of the Franklin Police Department, 9455 W. Loomis Road, by 9:30 a.m. for a pre-parade parent/kid show (vehicles are not allowed to park in any area of the Police Department parking lot).  Registration is required for the Main Parade by June 15th.  Veterans can march in the parade without pre-registering.  Scout and youth troops, churches and religious groups, booster clubs, and civic organizations are encouraged to participate and require registration by June 15th.  Please request a registration form by calling Ann Adamski at 414-690-7340 or via emailBLEACHERS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED FOR THE PARADE.

Fireworks:  Don't miss the spectacular fireworks display beginning promptly at 9:30 p.m. on July 4, 2024!

Entertainment for 2024:
Main Tent Bands will include Smart Mouth, Live Band Karaoke, The Playlist, Lunchmoney Bullies, and Bella Cain.  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.

See Complete Event Schedule and Details (Coming Soon)

Local Vendors:  The Independence 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 Independence Celebration, please fill out the Volunteer Sign-Up Form and mail it to the address on the form or scan/email it, or contact Angela Christie at 414-235-8180 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 complete/mail the Donation Support Form or contact Mira Kresovic at 414-202-7192.  

General Festival Questions:  Contact John Bergner: 414-881-5863 / e-mail.

See Complete Event Schedule and Details (Coming Soon)

We salute our Sponsors of the 2023 Independence Celebration! 

Irish Cottage • Payne & Dolan, Inc.

Franklin Noon Lions Club • On The Border

Bear Development • Hiller Ford • Max A. Sass & Sons, Mission Hills Chapel • Saputo USA

Ascension SE WI, Franklin • Foth Engineering • Michaelangelos Pizza • Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital Performance Center • Mimosa Breakfast and Brunch • Sorce Services LLC • Victory Creek Accounting

Big Bang, LLC • Holz Motors, Inc. • Indian Village Restaurants (Greenfield) • Pen & Inc of Milwaukee • State Farm Vicki Kipfmueller Agency • Tewco, Inc. • Wegner's St. Martins Inn

American Building Restoration Products • Bartz’s Floor Covering • Dawn’s Tailor Shop • Franklin Overhead Door • Hales Corners-Franklin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10394 • Karweik Plumbing • Ken’s Custom Auto • Klimetz Law Office • Mathnasium of Franklin • Matus Eyecare • Midtown Mobil (W. Forest Home Ave.) • Spellman Trailers, Inc. • Willey-Herda American Legion Post 192

Foresthill Highlands Senior Apts. • Franklin Self Storage • Dr. Henry Wengelewski Jr., DDS • Nisenbaum Homes & Realty, Inc. • Polonia Sport Club, Inc.   

• Badger Corn Roasters (Food Court)
• Payne & Dolan (Generators/Light Towers)

Please support those that support our Franklin community.
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”—John F. Kennedy

Contact Information

Parade Entry
Ann Adamski
Mira Kresovic
Donation Support Form
To Volunteer
Angela Christie
Volunteer Sign-Up Form 
General Questions
John Bergner

Related Links

Civic Celebration Commission