Thursday, August 2, 2012
Get ready for a bonfire! Areas of extreme drought have receded to Wisconsin's southern-most portions, and Sussex just made the cut to "severe" status.
The U.S Drought Monitor's latest report on Wisconsin's drought, which came out Thursday morning, showed conditions improving in parts of Wisconsin, and that includes Sussex. Luckily, Sussex officials have taken notice, and as of August 1, the village’s burning ban has been lifted. Residents itching to finally light those 4th of July fireworks and have an old-fashioned bonfire can thank the recent bouts of rain. However, although the burning ban has been lifted, the voluntary watering restrictions are still in place. The village asks that people with an even-numbered address only water on even dates, while odd-number addresses do the opposite. Nearly all of southeast Wisconsin was in an extreme drought at the end of July, but that line has…
Friday, July 20, 2012
While some communities have lifted their burning ban, Sussex is playing it safe by refusing to lift the village ban until we see even more rain.
With the recent thunderstorm large enough to shut down the Waukesha County Fair, and with temperatures dropping overnight, residents may be surprised to find Sussex’s burning ban is still in place. Village Administrator Jeremy Smith says to hold off on the summer bonfires for a while longer to avoid putting the community at risk. “There just hasn’t been enough rain yet overall, so there’s no change on the burn ban,” Smith said Friday afternoon. “We don’t plan on lifting it, at least not at this point.” This comes after Gov. Scott Walker requested federal disaster relief for 23 Wisconsin counties, a move directed at helping farmers suffering during the severe drought. Walker declared on Wednesday that all 72 counties in the state are in a …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Patch has put together a collaborative map of all the best spots. We'd love you to share your favorite spots to enjoy the festivities, too.
Communities all over southeast Wisconsin will offer fireworks in the coming days. Patch has put together a map of all the Fourth of July festivities occurring in the Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine areas. Please, add all your favorite spots to watch fireworks to our public collaborative map. You can also post it in the comments on this article! You can offer tips about where to park or the best place to unpack the picnic, or just let us know which town offers the best show. The map shows pins with all the area fireworks shows and links back to the important details — when, where and how to get there. If you need any more information from us, just let us know. And you can drop a pin on the map, too, to help out your friends and neighbors. …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Sussex will host a live band for the first time before the Fourth of July fireworks celebration, and the performers they snagged were just voted Wisconsin’s Cover Band of the Year.
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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
A Patch photographer gives advice on capturing the sparkle in the sky.
Capturing fireworks on camera is a challenge that can be mastered easily with the right equipment and settings on your camera. Here is a short tutorial to help you capture the rockets' red glare this Fourth of July. Equipment needed: Have a fireworks photo to share? Upload it to our Pics & Clips gallery on Patch!
From fireworks to parades to community festivals, here's a look at what's happening around the Milwaukee area on Independence Day.
Here's your guide to Fourth of July celebrations happening throughout the metro Milwaukee area. Unless otherwise noted, all events are taking place on Wednesday, July 4. Bayside: Bayside's parade begins at Bayside Midde School at 9 a.m., ending at Ellsworth Park with an ice cream social and Bayside's Best Dog Competition. More on the Bayside celebration. There will be no fireworks display in Bayside. Brookfield (city): The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on Gebhardt Road near Brookfield Central High School, turns north on Calhoun Road, west on North Avenue, south on Norhardt Drive, ending at Civic Drive. From 6 to 9 p.m. Family Fest will be held at Mitchell Park, with the band Our House, Heads Up Juggling and magician Glen Gerard. Also on tap…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Village of Sussex is bumping up the fun at its annual fireworks and festival, with the addition of Top 40s cover band Rabid Aardvarks.
Sussex Fourth of July Event and Fireworks Free event held at 6 p.m. July 4, at Sussex Village Park For the first time ever, the annual Fourth of July fireworks at Sussex Village Park will include a little bit more. Thanks to sponsorships from area businesses like Boneyard Pub & Grille, Sussex Parks and Recreation was able to hire the band Rabid Aardvarks, and with a silly name like that, you know it'll be a good time. The band plays Top 40s cover music, and was recently voted as Wisconsin's best cover band. The Rabid Aardvarks will play at the Lion's Open Air Shelter at Sussex Village Park from 6 - 9 p.m. to provide some solid entertainment while residents grill out in the park. The annual fireworks show will begin shortly after. Don't …
The village's annual Independence Day celebration brings people together with a parade featuring the UW Marching Band, and keeps them together with a festival, music, food and fireworks.
Whitefish Bay Fourth of July celebration This free event begins with a parade at 11:30 a.m. on July 4, and continues with an afternoon festival at Klode Park starting at 1 p.m. The 4th of July in Whitefish Bay is a daylong celebration, with a parade, kids' games, music, food – and of course – fireworks. The 27th annual Whitefish Bay 4th of July Parade route begins on Kent & Silver Spring, East to Lake, North to Klode Park. The Parade features over 60 entries, and the grand marshal will be Whitefish Bay High School Principal Bill Henkle. The festival at Klode Park will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., including a face painting tent, mini bowling, a fishing game, bean bag toss, a lollipop pull game, an octopus ring toss game and more. The …
The Sturtevant fireworks festival is a home-grown festival so beloved by the community that residents joined together to raise money to bring them back.
Sturtevant Fireworks Festival Admission to the July 3 festival is free; purchase tickets for food and many activities. Welcome to the annual Sturtevant Fireworks Festival! This annual event is the very definition of community. After the fireworks were taken out of the village's budget in 2007, a group of resident volunteers came together to raise the money to keep the colors in the sky. Games, bouncy houses, great food and, of course, that amazing display, keep drawing huge crowds from throughout the region. Read more from Patch: For more information: 664-3775
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Follow these steps to avoid being one of the thousands of people injured by fireworks each year.
There's one surefire way to avoid becoming one of the thousands of people who are injured by fireworks every Fourth of July: Park yourself on a lawn chair or blanket, and leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals who put on the show in your community. But - let's face it - for many people, shooting off fireworks in the backyard, a park or nearby open field is as much of an Independence Day ritual as cooking up hot dogs on the grill. So, if you're one of those "do-it-yourselfers" intent on lighting your own sparklers, smoke bombs, M80s or Black Cats, here are a few safety tips from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services: In 2009, the latest year for which figures are available, there were 8,800 people treated in U.S. emergency rooms …