Many communities marked the holiday Thursday with a Fourth of July parade. Rhinelander’s celebration drew a crowd of thousands. WXPR spoke with a few parade goers about what Fourth of July means to them.
Those crowds also meant a robust day for downtown businesses.
Rhinelander’s Brown Street was bursting with people during the Fourth of July parade. Flustered lemonade vendor Max Holperin says it’s the busiest day of the year. He's already sold hundreds of cups of lemonade.
Among the floats, clowns and marching bands at the Rhinelander Independence Day parade was one vintage car celebrating its 99th Fourth of July. The Ford Model T has been in the owner’s family throughout its long life.
George Scholz is adjusting the gas on his car’s old fashioned headlight before the parade. Though he’s been bringing his Model T to the Rhinelander parade for more than a decade, he’s been driving it for way longer.
For some people Fourth of July is the perfect excuse to play with fire…but it can also be the perfect time to cause an accident or an injury. That’s the message from Oneida County health officials, who are warning people to use caution around fireworks.
Public Health nurse Rob Deede says this isn’t the time for experimentation.
Wisconsin gas prices continue to fall, and that’s great news for July Fourth holiday travelers.
Petroleum Analyst for the website gasbuddy.com, Gregg Laskoski, says the national average has fallen has fallen from $3.64 to $3.49 per gallon. In Wisconsin the decrease has been more dramatic, from $3.93 a month ago down to $3.44 today.
"Wisconsin was hit hard as part of the Great Lakes region and the Plains states that really had tremendous refinery and supply problems from mid-May up until recent weeks..."