July 4th in Cedarburg :: Washington House Inn

Hooray for July 4th in Cedarburg!

Musicians drumming, children chattering, horses whinnying, dogs barking and engines revving … these and more are the sights and sounds that meet your eyes in Firemen’s Park, starting around 7:30 am on July 4. “Organized chaos,” is how the organizers describe the scene, just before the largest parade in southeastern Wisconsin slowly makes its way out of the gates of Firemen’s Park at 10am. Each of the units – 100 in all – are lined up in five separate staging areas by a small group of dedicated volunteers, and then, sort of like cogs in a wheel, directed to the gates and carefully sent out of the park, in the correct order. Lawn chairs have been set out four or five deep since the night before (no earlier than 7 pm on July 3 is the strict ruling), lining both sides of Washington Avenue, including the area in front of the Washington House Inn.

Cedar Creek Park Over the years the parade has become a tradition beloved by generations of local families who position themselves along the curb, slather on sun screen, give the children flags to wave and patiently wait for the fun to begin. If you ask people about their favorite unit, answers are usually divided – drum and bugle corps insist some, decorated floats say others, or adoptable mutts from the humane society … but everyone is of the same mind that the Cedarburg hometown parade is definitely the best one around!

The fun doesn’t end with the parade.  A day-long picnic in Cedar Creek Park just two blocks from the Washington House Inn provides food, music and fun for all.  As dusk draws near, Cedarburg Civic Band plays patriotic music to set the mood for the final culmination of the holiday–an ooh and ahh-worthy display of fireworks. Cedarburg’s Hometown Celebration is not to be missed!