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Independence Celebration

2022 Independence Celebration

Friday, July 1, 2022 - 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, July 2, 2022 - 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, July 3, 2022 - 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Monday, July 4, 2022 - 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Lions Legend Park
(Loomis Road & Drexel Avenue)

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Video Preview of 2022 Independence Celebration

Franklin Civic Celebration Annual Parade

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Video Preview of 2022 Independence Celebration   

We salute our Sponsors for the 2022 Independence Celebration (will be posted once available)

Four days of family fun - Friday, July 1st, through Monday, July 4th, in Lions Legend Park.  Entertainment for all ages including carnival rides, food vendors, music, and a parade! 

NEW THIS YEAR...CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT:  Saturday, July 2nd, 3 p.m.  Register by June 29th/$20 non-refundable registration fee per team.  Tournament is limited to the first 32 teams.  Prize money awarded to top 4 winning teams: 1st Place 40%, 2nd Place 30%, 3rd Place 20%, 4th Place 10% of total dollars collected from all teams less 10% operating costs. Contact Doug at 414-745-0514 or via email with questions. Cornhole Tournament Sign-Up Form.    

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 motorized vehicles allowed). No registration is required for the Children's parade.  Kids with an adult can be dropped off at the front parking lot of the Franklin Police Department, 9455 W. Loomis Road, by 10 a.m. (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 packet by calling Ann Adamski at 414-690-7340 or via emailBLEACHERS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED FOR THE PARADE.

THE WALL THAT HEALS (TWTH) will be coming to Franklin June 29 through July 3, 2022.  Standing 7.5 feet high at its tallest point and 375 feet in length, TWTH is 3/4 scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., along with a mobile Education Center.  It is free and open to the public 24 hours now through 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 3rd, displayed on the grounds of the Franklin High School, 8222 S. 51st Street.  Payne & Dolan has generously sponsored shuttles between Legend Park and TWTH on Friday, July 1st, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday, July 2nd, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Bringing TWTH to Franklin is an honor and provides an opportunity for the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings.  It is a unique patriotic memorial that must be treated with reverence.  A team of Volunteer Ambassadors is required for this patriotic memorial.  If interested in serving as an Ambassador, please fill out The Wall That Heals Volunteer Sign-Up Form and mail it to the address on the form or scan/email it, or contact Ann Adamski at 414-690-7340A training session will be provided for all ambassadors.  Further details on The Wall That Heals Event and the role you can play.  Read Press Release.      

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

Entertainment for 2022:
Rainbow Rides and Food Vendors will be operating during all open hours of the festival.  The carnival rides will continue after the fireworks on July 4th until 11 p.m.  No Carry-ins are allowed on the festival grounds area at any time during the festival.

Friday, July 1, Festival Area Open 5 pm–11 pm
Bella Cain Band 7:30 pm–11 pm

Saturday, July 2, Festival Area Open 3 pm–11 pm
Carnival Rides $25 Wristband 2 pm–6 pm
Cornhole Tournament 3 pm (Registration Required)
Doo-Wop Daddies Band 3 pm–6:30 pm
Brew City Wrestling 7:15 pm–9 pm
The Toys Band 7:30 pm–11 pm

Sunday, July 3, Festival Area Open 3 pm–11 pm
Carnival Rides $25 Wristband 2 pm–6 pm
The Jimmys Band 3 pm–6 pm
The LoveMonkeys Band 7:30 pm–11 pm

 Monday, July 4, Festival Area Open 11 am–9:30 pm
Children's Parade 10:30 am / Main Parade 11 am 
Next Step Dance Studio Noon–12:45 pm
Geno's Kid Show 12:30 pm–1:30 pm
Free Kid's Face Painting 12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Brew City Wrestling 1:15 pm
The Differentials Band 1:30 pm–5 pm
Totally Neon Band 6 pm–9:30 pm
Fireworks 9:30 pm

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Video Preview of 2022 Independence Celebration

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 Ann Adamski at 414-690-7340 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/Sponsor Form or contact Mira Kresovic at 414-202-7192.  

Festival Questions:  Call/Email John Bergner at 414-881-5863.

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