Cheers to summer and Independence Day! Many of the villages have events planned for this 4th of July and we’re loving that we’ll be able to make the most of our Monday off with parades, fireworks, and live music! We’ve got you covered with a list of local events in the North Shore. We’ve also included some yummy recipes that are perfect for Independence Day parties this weekend.
Parade 9:00-10:00 am
The parade will start at 9 am at Village Hall, where participants will then walk east on Ellsworth Lane, south on Rexleigh Drive, north on King Road, and end at the Ellsworth Park. At Ellsworth Park, Village Trustees hold the traditional bike and dog contests, and will then judge Bayside Best decorated bikes and Bayside’s best-decorated dog.
Opening Ceremony 12:30 pm
Cornhole Tournament Starts at 1:00 pm
Pre-registration is required by June 26. Call Park & Rec. Dept. (414) 371-3073 for additional information.
Beer Tent 12:00-8:00 pm
Food Trucks 1:00-8:00 pm Corn Roast
The Kingfish Band Raffle Drawing 6:00-8:00 pm 8:45 pm
1st – $300 Cash Prize
2nd – $200 Cash Prize
3rd – $100 Cash Prize
Plus many more prizes! A complete listing of prizes is available at Village Hall.
Fireworks 9:30 pm
Bike Decorating – 8:30 am Fox Point Police Department
Parade – 9:00 am See the route here
Ice Cream & Fun – 9:30 – 10:30 am at Longacre Pavilion
If you are interested in participating in the parade, lineup is by 8:45 in the DPW parking lot.
Children’s Parade 10:00 AM
Main Parade 10:30 AM
Food Truck Festival 11:30 AM-9:00 PM
Children’s Activities, The Toys perform (6 PM-9 PM), and Fireworks (dusk).
FREE admission. Enjoy the largest Independence Day celebration in the North Shore.
Parade 3:00 pm
Heading south on Oakland toward Shorewood High School
Traditional 4th of July parade, live music, and a dazzling fireworks display in Atwater Park at 7:00 pm
Live music at Atwater Park with local band Cosmic Endeavors
Fireworks at Atwater Park 9:00 pm
Parade 11:30 am
Corner of Kent and Silver Spring Dr and heads east to Lake Drive then north to Klode Park. Following the parade, join friends, family, and neighbors at Klode Park for an afternoon of food, kid’s activities, and live music.
The fireworks display starts at 9:20 pm.
Remember your chairs and blankets to watch the fireworks.
Sweet Tea Sangria
We love a good Sangria in the warmer weather, and depending on the setting or food pairing, have served it in white, red or rose varieties. This Sparkling Sweet Tea Sangria from The BakerMama is not only refreshing but decorated with a patriotic, festive kabob—making it perfect for the 4th of July.
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 cup pineapple chunks
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup orange liqueur (triple sec, cointreau or grand marnier)
- 4 cups of your favorite sweet tea like Red Diamond Sweet Tea
- 1 (750 ml) bottle sparkling wine (prosecco or champagne)
Star-Spangled Fruit Kabobs:
- thick pineapple slices, cut into small stars
Place the raspberries, pineapple chunks, and blueberries in the bottom of a large pitcher. Add the orange liqueur, sweet tea and the bottle of sparkling wine. Gently stir it all together and let it set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving. The longer it sits, the stronger the flavor of the drink.
While the sweet tea sangria is refrigerating, make the star-spangled fruit kabobs to garnish each glass with. Start by cutting star shapes out of thick pineapple slices with a small star-shaped cookie cutter. On a 6-inch bamboo skewer, alternate blueberries and raspberries and then add a pineapple star to the top of each one.
To serve the Sparkling Sweet Tea Sangria, fill each glass with some ice and a star-spangled fruit kabob. Pour the cold sweet tea sangria into each glass and enjoy!
Berry Caprese Salad
4 cups strawberries halved
4 cups fresh blackberries
8 ounces fresh mozzarella balls
4 cups arugula
1 small shallot sliced
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice from 1 lime
½ teaspoon Kosher salt
Small handful of mint leaves chopped
Prepared Balsamic glaze to serve (optional)
1. In a large bowl, dress arugula with juice from ½ of the lime, and ¼ tsp salt and 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil.
2. Lay dressed arugula on a large, shallow serving platter.
3. Top with berries, mozzarella, and scatter the fresh mint over top.
4. Finish with ¼ tsp salt, juice from the other half of the lime, and balsamic glaze if using.
- White popcorn
- Red Chocolate melt chips
- Festive Sprinkles
- Mini M&Ms
- Microwave the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds. Stir the mixture and then microwave the chips for another 30 seconds.
- Stir the chocolate until smooth.
- Lay the popcorn out evenly on a cookie tray.
- Drizzle the melted chocolate all over the popcorn.
- Immediately sprinkle the festive sprinkles and M&M’s into the wet chocolate
- Let the popcorn set for 30 minutes and then enjoy.