This year’s Family Fun Before the Fourth will be held Saturday, June 27th at Thiensville Park in Thiensville. The annual Mequon-Thiensville event will feature evening music by Hot Sauce and a spectacular dusk display of aerial incendiary by Five Star Fireworks.
“We’re as excited as ever to be planning this year’s event,” said Anne Bolles, Executive Director, Community Fun Events, Inc., sponsor of the event. “This is our 23rd year for Family Fun. Each year it seems to be better, with greater attendance and more fun.”
The annual event kicks off with a traditional parade through Mequon and Thiensville on the Saturday morning prior to Independence Day, followed by a daylong festival of food, beverages, games and entertainment along the Milwaukee River at Thiensville Park. Activities culminate in an exciting crescendo of fireworks at dusk, and capped off with additional music from one of the area’s most popular bands.
“Hot Sauce is a high energy band so bring your dancing shoes,” said Bolles. “They are definitely a Family Fun favorite.” In addition to the evening’s main stage entertainment, the festival features music, entertainment, children’s games, food and drink at various park locations throughout the day and evening. A corn roast, beer and wine stands and several restaurants are open throughout the afternoon and evening.
“We have something here for everyone. Families come in the morning for the parade and stay straight through all of the afternoon and evening family fun,” Bolles said.
Planning for the event has been underway since the previous event. Bolles said there are still openings for local restaurants wanting to participate in Restaurant Row, a line-up of tents where Family Fun goers can purchase select food and beverage treats. Dozens of additional picnic tables are placed adjacent to Restaurant Row for Family Fun dining.
“We can also put more bands and other groups into this year’s parade,” according to Bolles. In the past, featured bands have included the marching bands from the United States Navy, the University of Wisconsin, Homestead High School and others. Decorated floats, fire and police department emergency vehicles and other groups and individuals make up the balance of the hour-plus procession.
Bolles added, “We are currently seeking sponsors including businesses, community organizations and even families who love our event. We rely on financial supporters to help defray the cost of the fireworks, entertainment and other activities we are able to offer throughout the day.” If you are interested in helping to make this event successful with a financial commitment, please visit our website at http://www.familyfunbeforethefourth.com.
This year’s parade will start at 10:30 a.m. The parade will follow its traditional route, beginning on Cedarburg Road in Mequon near Weyenberg Library, traveling north into Thiensville along Main Street, east on Friestadt Road, then south on Green Bay to Riverview Street. The fun continues at Thiensville Village Park. Free ice cream for kids is available from parade end until it’s gone.
Family Fun Before the Fourth is operated by Community Fun Events, Incorporated, a non-profit organization comprised of volunteers dedicated to organizing and operating Mequon - Thiensville's premier summer family fun and entertainment attraction, paid for entirely through contributions from merchants, individuals, municipalities and civic organizations.
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