Contact us at (715) 842-2688 for more information
P.O. Box 2121, Wausau, WI 54401


Welcome to the Wausau Area 4th of July Website!

The Wausau Area 4th of July Celebration would like to thank all of our volunteers who came to help make this year’s event a success. We couldn’t have done this without you! We also could not have done this without the dedicated committee members who work year round planning this event and give up as many as 16 – 18 hours a day during the setup of the event, running the event and tear down after the event. This year’s committee members are:

Deanne Madison – Chairperson
Timothy Madison – Advisor, Setup/Teardown
Will Ostrem – Beer
Dawn Kunkel – Treasurer
Kerry Gruening – Asst. Treasurer
Heather Johnson – Asst. Treasurer/Asst. Security
Mary Coates – Vendor Relations/Manpower
Emily Coates – Asst. Manpower
Matt Coates – Main Food
Jeremy Johnson – Security

These individuals give up time with family and friends during the holiday to put in a lot of hours at this event to help make it a success, many of them using up their vacation time. All are volunteers working to benefit their community. They do it because they care about their community and want to help raise money that will benefit other organizations and local schools. If you know them, please thank them for giving of themselves to their community.

The Wausau Area 4th of July Celebration is a Non-Profit organization whose primary purpose is providing family fun entertainment to the Wausau area during the 4th of July holiday. Our secondary purpose is to support other community organizations and schools through donations and scholarships.

We are managed are run completely by volunteers and are not affiliated with any other organization or entity. All the money from the 4th of July Celebration is used to support the community through donations and scholarships, pay for the entertainment – setup – and maintenance of the 4th of July Celebration and pay bills. No one associated with this organization is paid to serve in any position. We all give our time, sweat and tears voluntarily because we love helping our community.

The 4th of July Celebration in Wausau has a long traditional history dating back to 1945 when the City of Wausau asked the local Jaycees chapter to put on an event to help keep people in Wausau during the holiday and thus help rebuild the local economy.


The Wausau 4th of July Celebration has been keeping families entertained for 69 years! What started as a simple festival at first in 1945 that didn’t even have rides, has blossomed into a huge event run by numerous volunteers offering carnival rides and games, local bands in the beer tent, demo derbies and of course a spectacular fireworks display in the grandstands. We offer free entertainment like Nick’s Kids Show with his very entertaining musical show where the kids get to participate, Magic Mike Winters magic and hypnosis show and more!.

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We are always looking for great bands to perform in our beer tent. We try to mix it up with different genres of music so as to have something for everyone. If you have a band or know of a band that would like to perform in our beer tent for the upcoming 4th of July event, Please give us a call. When you do so please provide us with the following information about the band: Genre of music (blues, country, classic rock, variety, etc), Contact name and number for the band, and where the band is performing so we can come listen to them.

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As mentioned above, this organization is run completely by volunteers. Many of us putting in long hours not only during the event, but also in the months preceding the event in the planning stages. We give up or postpone vacations and many use our vacation time from work to help out at this event. If there is something you’d like to see different at our event, or you have a comment about the event, please don’t hurl negative comments at our hard working volunteers. Join the organization and affect change from within. Be a positive force!

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Thanks to all of our sponsors for this year’s event!

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