Families celebrate Fourth of July at Marathon Park
WAUSAU (WAOW) -
Fourth of July celebrations were in full swing in central Wisconsin Friday. One popular place to celebrate was Marathon Park in Wausau. Organizers were expecting about 7,000 people to come out and watch the fireworks Friday night. Earlier in the day, families were taking in all the other Forth of July festivities at the carnival. Some families come for the entertainment. "I like the BB guns where you shoot out the star, that's my favorite," said Malik Alvarez of Wausau.
"All the roller coasters are fun," said Ayedin Hanson.
Others came for the food.
"I love the food. Go to any stand and it's always going to taste good," said Fernando Alvarez.
For many though, it's the tradition that brings them back year after year.
"I always come for the Fourth of the July to come out and have something to eat and support the people that put this on," said Pat Detert of Rib Mountain.
The 69th annual Wausau area Fourth of July celebration is a popular destination for this warm weather holiday.
"Thus event is great, there's is no admission to get into the park, you can walk around with your family and not worry about shelling out a bunch of money just to get into the event," said Deanne Madison, event chairperson.
It takes about 50 volunteers each day to put on the event.
"It is a lot of work but when you see a grandstand full of smiling faces, it's all worth it," said Madison.
Organizers say the Fourth falling on a Friday helped bring in a crowd.
"Since people have off they can come down with their families and have a great time," said Madison.
"Just walking around, seeing what they got going on, seeing if they got anything different from last year and the kids got a little older so trying to get them on some rides," said Preston Hanson of Wausau.
Even those who outgrew the rides say the atmosphere ideal for a Fourth of July celebration.