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Take your pick of July 4 fun

Celebrations include parades, festivities in venerable parks

June 28, 2010

The South Shore is celebrating Independence Day this year with entertainment, games and, of course, fireworks displays in every community.

Bay View and Humboldt Park

Bay View kicks off its festivities at 9 a.m. Monday with a parade that will travel from Kinnickinnic and Lincoln avenues to Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave., where the fun will continue. Following the parade, children are invited to participate in games and enjoy the company of Rainbow Randa, the patriotic clown, while others may step up to the plate at 11 a.m. for a classic version of baseball, 1860s-style, at the park's Keltner Ball Field.

Parade competition will begin at 12:30 p.m. Youngsters from ages 2 to 12 can register their decorated bicycles, tricycles, coaster wagons and doll buggies for the children's parade that begins at 1:30 p.m., with awards to follow at the Chalet Stage. Awards will also be distributed at the dance contest that immediately follows on the stage at 2 p.m.

Children and teens are then invited to show off at the talent contest from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Competitors in three age groups, 5 to 10, 11 to 14, and 15 to 19, will vie for cash prizes. Those interested in singing, dancing, playing an instrument or performing are asked to register today by calling Carolyn Selimi at (414) 744-7045.

Live entertainment will also be provided at Humboldt Park. Starting at 3 p.m., Keith Weisling and the Livon Brothers will perform at the Idaho Street staging area. The music will continue until 7 p.m. when the colors will be posted and awards distributed. The evening will conclude with a fireworks spectacular at 9:15 p.m. to celebrate not only Independence Day but also the 100th anniversary of Humboldt Park.

Cudahy

The city of Cudahy will get into the Independence Day spirit starting at noon Sunday with its annual parade. The procession will march down Packard Avenue to Layton Avenue, then east to Sheridan Park.

There, adults and children of all ages are welcome to enjoy live entertainment from 2 p.m. until the fireworks show at 9:20 p.m.

South Milwaukee

Beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, the public is welcome to pay tribute the nation with the call to colors at Grant Park. Immediately following will be children's parade of bicycles and coaster wagons decorated in their Fourth of July finest.

The celebration continues at 11 a.m. with games for children and free ice cream and caramel corn at the park.

The holiday will conclude with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

St. Francis

A parade begins at 10 a.m. Sunday. Those riding bikes in the parade should assemble at 9:45 a.m. at Miss St. Francis for judging. The parade travels south on Barland, east on Denton to Packard, south on Lunham and east to Milt Vretenar Park, 4224 S. Kirkwood St.

There will be ice cream followed by an 11:15 a.m. ceremony in the park.

Children's games take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.; pony rides from noon to 6 p.m.; and inflatables from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Other events include a 2:30 p.m. talent show and 6 p.m. performance by Brew City Rockers.

Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.

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